Thursday, August 16, 2012
Stuffed! was a quirky but quite readable independent graphic novel about somewhat estranged brothers who inherit their father's idiosyncratic "Museum of the Rare and Curious." One of the things they find inside is a display featuring an old-fashioned and quite racist display of an African "savage." Turns out, much to the dismay of one of the brothers, that what they thought was a statue is actually a real, stuffed human being. The brothers begin a mission to have the poor fellow's body repatriated through a museum to his country of origin, but complications ensue. The premise is probably funnier than the actual execution, but the characters are portrayed well and the artwork is clear and likable. I'd grade it a solid B for effort and look forward to more from the authors.