COMIC REVIEW: Cereal: Geek Issues 5 and 6

Cereal:Geek Issues 5 and 6

Cereal:Geek Issues 5 and 6

Cereal:Geek is a a self-published (yet professional looking) quarterly magazine about the animation of the 1980s. Each issue has a theme – though issues 5 and 6 share the theme of “comics of the 80s cartoons”.

Who’s it by: Editor – James “Busta Toons” Eatock.

What’s it about? The magazine aims to be published every quarter, though delays have been known to occur due to funding constraints. This is no bad thing though as each issue is worth a bit of a wait, in my opinion. I decided to review these two issues together, as they are linked by their joint-theme. Not because I didn’t get round to reviewing Issue 5 months ago when I got it. No-siree. It was all part of a cunning plan.

Review it: As always, the production quality of these magazines is superb. For £6.00 each (prices are higher for non-UK residents due to increased postal costs) each issue comes with 98 pages chocked full of content. Not a single advert sullies these pages which means you’re getting a pretty damn good page / pound ratio! The cover art of both issues is excellent and sets the standard for the full-page art pieces throughout the magazine. I’m particularly fond of the cover to Issue 6 which has Spider-Man auditioning for his “Amazing Friends”. The series on which the art is based was probably my first introduction to a Marvel or DC property so it holds quite a place in my grumpy-old soul.

Most (though not all) of the articles in these issues focus on the adaptation of comics to cartoon or cartoon to comics. Two informative articles span both issues – one discussing He-Man comics, the other Transformers. In addition, we’re treated to articles on Star Comics (Marvel’s “Kid-show-comic” imprint), The Real Ghostbusters and Thundercats comics. While on occasion these read as a straight time-line of events within the comic (I found the second part of the Transformers article to be guilty of this), the articles offer insight into the production and origins of these series. Combined with articles on Marvel Productions, Robotech and Battle of the Planets, there’s more than enough to sink your teeth into.

Cereal:Geek also offers more light-hearted content. Hairstyles of the 80s, Love in the 80s and Unlikely Team-Ups are short-smile inducing affairs but the News from the 80s always makes me chuckle. Featuring several newspaper style news-bites, this item opens each issue and presents a tongue-in-cheek look at various characters from the era’s cartoons.

For art-lovers, both issues contain a number of stunning pieces of art by a range of artists. I even noticed that Issue 6 had a piece coloured by the Editor himself. And coloured well too – the git. I can draw but can’t colour and am instantly jealous of those who show the aptitude for it. But I digress. In my review of Issue 4 I mentioned how on occasion the text became hard to read on some pages due to it’s colour against the background. This problem doesn’t rear it’s head again, I’m pleased to say.

In closingIf you have any interest whatsoever in animation (particularly that of the 1980s) then I can’t recommend these magazines highly enough. If you’re not sure, then head on over to the Cereal:Geek website and grab an electronic copy of the two 100 page pdfs that are available. They’re priced at £1.50 each and contain content from the first six issues of the magazine.

Rate it (Them): 4.5 / 5. For the nostalgia alone and clear love that’s gone into producing the magazine, it’s worth a read. The knowledge in the pages and the artwork present is a blooming awesome bonus.

Dry Slaps: 0.

Reviewer: WedgeDoc

More from the world of Geek Syndicate

%d bloggers like this: