More Box Office Poison
Alex Robinson began his career in comics
in 1994 with the self-published “The Bohemian Girl”.
Antarctic Press began publishing his popular series “Box
Office Poison” in 1996. Top Shelf Comix has a 600 page
collection of all of his “Box Office Poison” available
and recently published “More Box Office Poison”, a
collection of previously unpublished short stories.
Just in case you are unfamiliar with the
series, “Box Office Poison” tells the everyday
stories of love and life of a group of friends. Sherman
Davies, a college graduate that still works a minimum
wage job at a bookstore, is a frustrated writer. His
friend, Ed Velasquez is an aspiring comic book writer
that is working at his family’s hardware store. Jane and
Stephen are also friends with Sherman. They rent a spare
room at Sherman’s home. Sherman carries a hidden crush
on Jane’s friend Dorothy.
“More Box Office Poison” is a collection
of unpublished stories of Sherman and the gang. For the
“Box Office Poison” fan, this is a real treasure. In
this collection of stories, the reader gets to see what
a future reunion between Sherman and his ex-girlfriend
Sally would be like. We also get to see Stephen’s ex
girlfriend Darlene. Darlene contacts Stephen and would
like to “catch up” on old times. This situation is the
cause of some stress on his relationship with Jane. Also
included is a look into Caprice’s and Jane’s high school
Alex Robinson participate in the “24
hour” comic competition and the result of that
competition is included in “More Box Office Poison”. The
“24 hour” comic competition is a competition that takes
place across the United States at different comic book
stores. Professional and amateur comic artist attempt to
write and illustrate a 24-page comic within 24 hours.
Robinson’s “24 Hour”comic tells the story of Caprice and
her boyfriend Kevin.
The appeal of “Box Office Poison” is the
well-developed characters and simple and humorous
stories and adventures that happen to Sherman and his
group of friends. The stories and dialogue are always
genuine and heartwarming. Fans of Craig Thompson, Daniel
Clowes and Harvey Pekar will particularly appreciate
“Box Office Poison”.
By picking up the collected anthology
“Box Office Poison” and “More Box Office Poison”, you
feel as if are friends with Sherman, Ed and the gang and
are experiencing life right along with them.
Alex Robinson is a gifted artist.
Although his style is uncomplicated, his illustrations
are remarkably expressive and energetic. The artwork is
heavily contrasted black and white. The facial
expressions of characters communicate their emotions
perfectly. The text is clear and easily read. It is
great to see an illustrator and storyteller not fall
prey to over complicated artistic style in both drawings
and text styles.