Tales of Good Ol' Snoop Doggy Dogg
Tales Of Good Ol’ Snoop Doggy Dogg is a 12-page, digest size comic with a brown recycled cover and B&W interior. Hand-stamped with white on recycled cover-stock. Published by Birdcage Bottom Books.
Tales of GoodOl’ Snoop Doggy Dogg collects three comics detailing dreams artist J.T. Yost experienced starring Snoop Dogg as well as a fictional piece indirectly involving Snoop.
I’ve had dreams of talking to Iggy pop about stuff. Kind of weird, but Iggy offered some really good insight. J.T. Yost dreams of Snoop Dogg (or now I guess he is Lion, or the reincarnation of Bob Marley, or something like that). Anyway, in J.T. dreams he and Snoop bounce together on a trampoline, have a confusing encounter in an art supply store while some Steely Dan tunes are being played (and just a personal note here: in J.T.’s dream he hates Steely Dan! I just can’t understand how you can hate Steely Dan! I mean just the origin of their name makes them a group worth listening to!), and Snoop invites him to a painting workshop that Snoop is holding in his apartment. J.T. wraps up this issue by relating how a shared interest in drawing brought two unlikely kids together and ended up turning one on to Snoop Dogg’s music and forever changing his life.
I really like J.T.’s storytelling and his drawing style. He sets up the comic in the forward and explains what the reader is in store for then jumps right in. In a comic like this there really isn’t any need in a lot of back story. J.T. dreams about Snoop Dogg, got it. With that established we can move right into the stories and they are driven by the artwork. J.T.’s line work is fluid and minimal and backgrounds are kept simple but believable. The use of gray screens/washes of different shades also adds depth to his panels. J.T. manages to give all of his characters very expressive faces and body language, and he maintains consistency in each characters’ appearance. The word balloons are incorporated nicely into each panel and the lettering is uncomplicated and easy to read.
You can hangout in dreamland with J.T. Yost and Snoop Dogg at http://bit.ly/1poS74M