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Ceej Says… The Penned Guin: “Out and About” review

pennedWriter/Artist: Alan Henderson
Release Date: 11th April, 2015 (Edinburgh Comic Con)

Along with Thread Bare and Other Tales, this weekend’s Edinburgh Comic Con also sees the release of another of Alan Henderson’s labours of love. The Penned Guins (http://pennedguins.tumblr.com) is a light-hearted webcomic about the exploits of a group of (you guessed it) penguins via a series of simplistic three-panel stories, and this release brings around 140 of these strips together as we see the gang touring the zoo, going to the cinema, and going on strike. 

Okay, so let’s cut to the chase.  The artwork, as you can see above, is fairly basic, and the jokes – as is usually the case with these kind of brief, ‘newspaper strip’ style offerings – can be a little hit or miss.  Thankfully however, the sheer volume of strips in this collection, coupled with Henderson’s likeably goofy sense of humour, ensures that there are far more hits than misses here.   

As with Thread Bare and Other Tales, this release is definitely going to appear more to a younger audience, which is clearly the creator’s intent.  The gags are cheesy, cheeky and straightforward for the most part, although Henderson does throw in a few slightly more ‘grown-up’ jokes along the way to keep things interesting.  Nothing rude or risqué obviously, just a little more ‘high brow’ than a penguin wearing a panda mask because he’s “panda-ing to the audience” (which is still a quality pun, it has to be said).

Another charming offering from Henderson then, and while the artwork is undeniably basic and some of the jokes may be a little ‘childish’ for self-proclaimed grown-ups, there’s still a lot to like here, and the machine-gun delivery of the strips means that for every two or three gags that miss the mark, there’s going to be at least one that nails you right between the eyes.  Definitely another webcomic to add to my rotation, and a worthwhile purchase for any readers looking for a blast of quickfire, innocent humour. 


576682_510764502303144_947146289_nThe writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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