Digestate is about food in all its glorious forms and people’s reaction and interaction with it. I have to compliment Yost on pulling this collection off because I didn’t think it could be done. All I could think was, “seriously, a bunch of stories about food? How dull can it get? “ But Yost does an excellent job of not only getting the most out of the creators and the theme but setting up the content so that it never gets boring. There’s a story about a person with an eating disorder, then a story about talking apples, then one about raising chickens, then another about cooking so it’s never repetitious or boring. He also does a great job of balancing the veganism against the meat lovers. Finally, he balances the art styles. The art varies widely throughout the book but each style seems to carry some small, similar element of the story before so that it all holds together visually.
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Liz Prince turned in I like Food, Food Tastes Good. A history of eating. Liz isn’t picky but she does tell us some grand tales of her battles with junk food, both the normal kind and vegetarian. You can visit Liz here.
Doggone Delectable Delights by Gary Fields is straight up gross. It’s the eating habits of a dog and if you’ve ever owned one you know what I am getting at. Even though it was gross it did make me laugh out loud. You can see a sample of Gary's art to the right.
City Chickens by Jess Ruliffson is exactly what you think it is. Living in farm country, and having to explain farm life to my kids, I really liked it. This wasn’t funny so much as real. Visit Jess here.
One of the most thought provoking, and disturbing, was Yost’s Slaughterhouse Stories. It’s the testimonial of an actual abattoir employee… with pictures. It’s never gory but it makes you think about how much you don’t know about the food processing business.
You can see a complete list of all artists, and links to their sites here. I highly recommend taking the time to check it out. It's a great way to see a whole wave of new stuff.
Let’s be honest, I didn’t love every story in the book, nor every artist in the book. There were some stories that made me want those 30 seconds of my life back but there were so many more stories that made me laugh, or remind me of my own home and life that I could never stop reading. There was some art that made my eyes bleed but there were pages upon pages of small press creators that I can’t wait to see more from.
Overall, Digestate is great big book of fun which is food for the brain. I highly recommend it, you can’t go wrong.
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