Jim: So we made mention of "Old Man Winter" in one of our indies reviews and the creator, J.T. Yost, was kind enough to send us a couple of copies to review.
What We said then:
Birdcage Bottom Books
Jim: Now, while I do not look for slice of life stories like Lee does, I find when I read them I like them. I like them if they are done well and this one was well done.
Jim: Bottom line I would recommend this book to fans of story about true life. No matter whether you read the story about the author as a kid about a loser or a typical bored teen or whether you see rabbit poop or symbolism that is undefined each story gives you something to think about. The titled story was the strongest and the one that will stay with me for a long time. My Mom is 87 and my Dad is 89, if either one of them dies I know the other will be close behind. At a certain point couples who have been with each other for so many years (64 years for my parents) almost become a single person. I can’t imagine one without the other and often that is the case for the couple themselves. Now JT Yost art won’t blow you away with its strength, but he it does the job that it needs to do. His sense of how to tell a story is superb and he could give lessons to a lot of people of how to tell a complete story in a few pages. Mr. Yost has gotten a lot of acclaim for his work and it is well deserved. So go out to Birdcage Bottom Books and order Old Man Winter or get your retailer to do the same.
Lee: If you’re new to slice of life stories this is a very good place to start. It isn’t always warm and uplifting but it can be very poignant. And, I have to disagree with Jim’s assessment of the art. advised, this is small press, slice of life art so it isn’t Perez, Bolland, or even Bizley. This is art that’s trying to push and explore along with telling a story. And for non-mainstream art, it’s very strong and Yost did a great job. Between page composition and the ability to capture emotions it was very well done.
If you’re new to real life comics, and been reading them for years, this is highly recommended! You can see Yost’s other comic work, and read the first story here.