Inside 'Ivor Magazine No.1' by Joe Kessler & Richard Short
The thirty-two page collaboration by two of Breakdown Press’ most unique voices pulls on both of their strengths to make a psychedelically cohesive anthology.
Ivor Magazine’s namesake is a supporting character in Richard Short’s series of books and magazines focused on Klaus. In typical Short fashion, the high brow philosophical narrative continues to incorporate all of the Klaus characters effectively despite the change in name. The opening skygazing sequence between Klaus and Baskerville the dog quickly establishes the main difference between past Klaus stories: the addition of Joe Kessler.
Kessler is best known for helping run Breakdown Press and his series Windowpane. While Richard Short’s art is not always colorless, the infusion of Kessler’s bright and bold color palette scenery gels beautifully with Short’s fine line work and easily adjustable characters. A fourth page panel of Klaus holding the world in his hands is particularly memorable.
Of course, it wouldn’t be ‘Ivor Magazine No.1’ without some focus on the titular rat. Short’s short-fused sidekick character from the Klaus series isn’t a traditional lead - and a story in which he has zero redeeming qualities is an interesting one to start in. Like mentioned earlier, Short’s stories are ensemble pieces and the major takeaway from this beautifully compiled and printed magazine is that the character’s choices have consequences.
‘Ivor Magazine No.1’ is available via Breakdown Press (UK) and select shops in the United States. You can find more information about Richard Short’s Klaus here and Joe Kessler’s Windowpane here. Both creators work arrives nearly exclusively from Breakdown Press.