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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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03/13/2005 Archived Entry: "Mini comic review: Family Reunion"

Family Reunion
A mini comic based on part of the novel "Perfect Circle" by Sean Stewart
Art by Steve Leiber

Review by Ginger Mayerson

It says on the back cover of the "Family Reunion" mini/promotional comic:

"ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
"Steve Leiber is a bum. A peanut-headed bum. www.steveleiber.com"

I must look more closely at Mr. Leiber's head next time I see him. I don't recall it being peanut-like in the least. He sure can draw, I'll tell you that much.

"Family Reunion" is a "San Diego Comic-Con Bootleg Edition based on the characters from the novel 'Perfect Circle.'" (Note: The comic comes free with any order or you can buy it for a buck.) Based on this comic, this novel looks worth reading. The comic and the novel concern a nice, but unsuccessful guy named William Kennedy who is pestered by his family's ghosts. Real ghosts, not all that stuff people scream at each other at holidays. In this mini, he's pestered by his uncle (?) Travis, who is long dead in Vietnam, but shows up at the family reunion picnic to read the newspaper and annoy William. At first William thinks Travis is annoyed at the current war news, but it turns out that Travis, who was a college baseball star before he was drafted, just wanted him to turn to the sports page for him. It has a happy ending with Travis reading the sports page and William eating potato salad with his uproarious family. Well, I thought it was happy.

(A version of this review originally appeared in the January 2005 issue of Sequential Tart.)

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