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It’s Not Satanic Porn!!! A Review of The Devil’s Panties

It was kind of a love at first sight experience when I opened the first volume of the Devil’s Panties. Jennie Breeden’s call to action, “It’s Not Satanic Porn!,” is probably what initially hooked me. I really didn’t know what to expect since I never really got into a slice of life book before, but I dove in. So I open up the first volume I bought at Comicpalooza and find a comic page depicting a conversation between Jesus and Satan, never a bad place to start, where Jesus bemoans the crap that we do in his name and Satan replies, “I don’t know but I’d love to get your P.R guy’s number.”

I. Was. Hooked.

I finished the fist volume and it was hilarious the entire way through! On more than one occasion, I had to force the book into Eden’s hands telling her to read it in between fits of laughter. I’m not sure if there are many other books in this genre that carry the same level of wit, I will be sticking with this one though. I’ll probably give some others a try as well.

Jennie Breeden’s artistic style lends very well to the whimsical nature of the comic’s content. While some may consider the art “cartoony,” I rather think it helps accentuate the satire Breeden brings while portraying her day-to-day life in Atlanta, Ga. In her panel at Comicpalooza she offered insight into her style regarding the minimalist design, which was partly born out of necessity and this leads into one of the biggest kudos deserving feats.

Devil’s Panties is a daily comic. That is right, Breeden produces a strip  every day, without fail. What is more endearing is that she doesn’t hide the fact that sometimes, she is just plain tired or busy traveling. She still makes an effort to put something up though, even if it is hilariously drawn stick figures or Octopi. This book goes beyond simple entertainment though. It shows that the sequential art medium stands as a adequate method to record life, history, or just funny shit that happens. With college campuses branching out to include Graphic Novel studies in their English curriculum I would not be surprised to see Devil’s Panties or something of the same caliber on a college syllabus in the near future. I’d take that class.

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3 thoughts on “It’s Not Satanic Porn!!! A Review of The Devil’s Panties

  1. I’ve walked by that booth a few times and have thought about stopping and getting a copy. I probably will now.

    Posted by Charles Martin | June 13, 2011, 8:33 am
  2. I love this comic!!! It is so funny. ❤

    Posted by Krystal Clark | June 14, 2011, 5:41 pm

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