Big Plans; Aron Nels Steinke
Looking for something on the alternative side that scratches the itch between new comics / graphic novels by Joe Matt (Peep Show, Paying For It) and Adrian Tomie (Optic Nerve, Summer Blonde)? Well you need look no further than this new handsome graphic novel collection of Aron Nels Steinke's Big Plans mini comic of the same name.
Big Plans is a nice fat graphic novel very nicely designed, basically a voyeuristic look at some of the cartoonists' "adventures", such as getting ready to board an airplane and suspecting that one of his fellow passengers may be a terrorist, playing video games, and getting to go to the Academy Awards ceremony (and getting really drunk while there and trying to hit on some of the actresses) because a friend has an extra ticket. On the surface, some of you may be thinking, how can this make for entertaining reading? Admittedly, slice of life stories, such as Big Plans, aren't for everyone, especially if you're looking for escape from the "real" world, but for people who like autobiographical comics, such as American Splendor or Eightball, Big Plans will click with you and Aron Nels Steinke's line work is really crisp and services Steinke's stories really well. Big Plans is published by Bridge City Comics, a comic store owned by Michael Ring up in Portland, Oregon, and I'd also recommend visiting his store if you're up in that area.