Indie comics scribe Jonathan Baylis delivers a special holiday treat, So Buttons Holiday Special. Featuring a T. J. Kirsch cover starring the writer's pet Boston Terrier, Mocha, in a Santa cap, this graphic mini is the ideal primer to get everyone into the spirit of the season.
The book opens with a story that returns Baylis to his autobiographical roots after his brief sojourn into macabre fiction. In "So... Chalk It Up to Konglateral Damage" the auteur and film aficionado explains why King Kong will always be synonymous with Thanksgiving. Artist Thomas Boatwright, who masterfully depicted Baylis's only auto-bio tale in So Horror-ble, deftly captures the writer's annual frustration and ultimate triumph.
Baylis adapts a childhood tale of his wife, comedian Ophira Eisenberg-NPR host, "Ask Me Another" & author, "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy"-for the mini's concluding tale. In "So... He Made It Out of Clay," the raconteur relates Eisenberg's problems as a young Jew during Christmastime growing up in the primarily gentile climes of Calgary, Canada. Baylis handles the story with sensitivity, allowing the humor to evolve naturally, making for a more poignant piece that embraces both religions in the holiday spirit. So Buttons art veteran T. J. Kirsch, whose work has been featured in every issue of the series, proves once again why. His signature delicate linework and subtle humor is the perfect compliment to Baylis's thoughtful writing style.
No volume of So Buttons would be complete without a great back cover and the Holiday Special delivers a knockout; a battle of the ages with a yarmulke-capped, tallit-draped King Kong battling everybody's favorite Man with the Bag. It's an inspired piece by artist Paul Salvi that cleverly teases to the stories featured therein.