Fluffy, Part One and Part Two

by Simone Lia
published by Cabanon Press

Fluffy is an almost impossibly cute bunny rabbit, one that speaks, walks on two legs, and can use round-tipped children’s scissors to cut pictures out of library books. Michael Pulcino is Fluffy’s Daddy, but of course not really, as he is a man and Fluffy is a bunny. Not that you can tell Fluffy this — Fluffy throws a fit at the idea. Michael is afraid to fly, afraid of getting into a relationship with Miss Owers, and an uncertain parent.

All this is to say Lia has created a charming and offbeat story in Fluffy.

In Part One, Lia establishes Fluffy as intensely curious, full of child-like determination (“Can I keep this book Daddy? Can I? Can I keep the book?”) and unknowingly mischevious. Michael’s idiosyncrasies are more developed in Part Two, as he avoids planes and embarks on a train and boat journey to visit his parents.

I keep thinking I’m not getting to real reason I loved these books so much: it is just as simple as the bunny is entrancing, and the little stories seem so true in their impossibilities.

Lia’s art is a combination of simple, bold lines with enough details to evoke the real-life clutter of a kitchen counter or a swaying passageway on a train. The layouts vary from whole-page panels to grids without whitespace to polaroid photo album effects. Everything is printed in navy blue ink with a variety of screens.

The comics are just over six-inch not quite square-format books, around forty pages each. Covers are card stock, and the pages are high-quality paper. Most importantly, Fluffy is completely adorable, and Fluffy’s Daddy is charmingly neurotic. Books like these make me hate the independent comic book publishing “schedule”: God only knows how long I will have to wait for Part Three. Highly recommended.

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