Inside 'Klaus Magazine No. 3' by Richard Short
Richard Short's titular cat and his friends continue to occupy a strange place in the comic realm. The third edition sees the surreal strips run the gamut of sadness, hopelessness and confusion, but Short's fine illustrations will make you smile every step of the way.
While clearly centered on it's title character, Klaus Magazine No. 3 highlights many of it's side characters to great success. Klaus is still struggling deeply with his longing for Lovely Horse, with it now taking shape to be a somewhat sinister obsession. Otto gets in trouble with the law with his blatant disregard for all forms of authority. Lawrence struggles with the bottle and the lack of Fancy in his life. Various moles, rats and birds fill out the scenes with constant interjections, commentary and gags.
While there are some lengthy storylines tackled in this volume, the main strength of Klaus as a comic are it's wildly shifting narratives interspersed throughout four strip intervals. Those looking for a cohesive and building epic tale may be wholeheartedly confused by the comic's style, but those looking for laughs and scenes of animals waxing poetic to one another will be completely pleased at the chaos that takes place.
Each edition of Klaus Magazine also features a hilarious letters section and some guest strips. Volume three features small guest entries from Lando, Ed Cheverton, Anna Haifisch and more. For those looking for a detour from the norm, i'd highly recommend picking up this latest volume. Although familiarity with the characters does help, it doesn't detract from this lovely book giving you some true belly chuckles and fantastic illustrations.
Klaus Magazine No. 3 is available now via Breakdown Press. There are still copies of the second magazine as well, although number one is long out of print. You can find Short's personal blog at this link.