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Funny Books - Non Sequitur: Sunday Color Treasury - Wiley Miller

BUY Non Sequitur (cover)
Wiley Miller
Andrews McMeel Publishing 2005
159 pages

Non Sequitur's Sunday Color Treasury is a non sequitur in itself. Most Sunday comic strips are larger, colored, and longer versions of the daily strip. As a daily strip, Non Sequitur is a one-panel gag much like the very much missed Far Side or the great Close To Home. The Sunday Color Treasury has nothing in common with the daily strip aside from Wiley Miller's weird sense of the bizarre. The Sunday Non Sequitur comic is Miller's various experimentations in style, content, color, format (horizontal or vertical), and recurring characters. It is also really cool.

Non Sequitur's Sunday Color Treasury is without a doubt the most gorgeous eye candy I have ever seen in terms of a collection of comic strips. Wiley Miler's fascination with how a comic strip is printed and his frustration with what were perceived as limitations, that dot matrix like coloring effect we are all familiar with, led him to try new coloring methods. This allowed him to create the first process-color and all-color cartoons (where the artist does the strip in color and not in black and white with color codes indicated for the printer) and they are simply stunning. His desire to explore the possibilities of the Sunday comics page also led Miller to try various serial type comics such as Santa Dude, Anthropomorphic Theater, a weird and very funny Bloom County meets the Far Side kind of thing, a series called Homer about a guy whose soul keeps coming back to earth after a very short earthly experience in a previous body, the Calvin And Hobbes tip of the hat and spoof Raising Kane as a response to the many people who many years later were still bemoaning the loss of Watterson's strip.

Miller also created an every day not very super hero called Obviousman who goes around pointing out the obvious such as if you only offer medium and large then medium is small, a Maine-based series called Offshore Flo that then gobbled up another series called Danae about a very opinionated young lady, and a couple of other, less interesting series such as Pierre Of The North and Lost Leonard.

The best of the best in Non Sequitur's Sunday Color Treasury is The Graevsytes, an Adams family kind of thing that, drawing style wise will definitely remind you of the work of Edward Gorey and the animated intro to Mystery! on PBS.

It is quite a comment on Non Sequitur's Wiley Miller that many of these strip series sometimes became another regular feature and that many of them could have done so if Miller had wanted them to.

This is an absolutely great collection of Sunday comic strips that the simple fan of the genre and any visual artist will greatly enjoy. If you were to gift someone, Non Sequitur's Sunday Color Treasury is a brilliant choice.

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