Achewood Volume 2: Worst Song, Played on Ugliest Guitar Hardcover – Sep 22 2009
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However, this hardcover is a much better offering. Not only is the original alt-text for every comic visible, but many of the strips are annotated by the author. These annotations aren't just points of interest for the obsessed Achewood fan, but are often as funny as the comics themselves.
This volume also adds several chapters to the Story of Achewood, each narrating the arrival of one of the characters. The humor in these chapters has been greatly stepped up from those written in previous compilations, and are very enjoyable.
But my favorite part of this volume--by far--is the prologue. It tells of a typical rainy-day exchange between Onstad, Ray, and Roast Beef. While Onstad may have a flair for dramatic story arcs, his most humorous pieces are those describing everyday conversations and events. It is easy to see why: we love these characters for their personalities (especially their mannerisms and vernacular), and this is best distilled in the mundane, without the distractions of action and drama.
This volume is the definitive primer for people curious about Achewood, presented with background stories, setting layout, and other information that wasn't revealed until much later in the comic's run. The volume also starts with the introduction of the cats, a point which the author and many fans consider as the real moment Achewood finds its voice. Older strips stretching back to the comic's inception are also included.
Already established fans still have plenty of reasons to pick up this volume beyond reading their favorite comic in a handsome hardcover collection. Each strip contains the author's annotations as well as the original comic and alt-text. Three jokes per strip is a pretty good value. And the aforementioned background stories are all illuminating and terribly cute.
Everyone should buy this book. It's the start of something beautiful.
The second reason was because he would have the most random outbursts in class, once even going so far to politely raise his hand before beginning a grim tale about a child who tore their own eyes out with their bare hands.
The final, and most significant reason is because he lost the tip of one of his fingers. If memory serves, it was the tip of his middle finger on his left hand. He just showed up at school one day and it was gone. He even opened the bandage up, to let us take a look at the meat and bone. He said it was caught in the chain of his bicycle, but I don't see how that's possible. I didn't press it though. It's just one of those mysteries.
What does Walter's missing finger have to do with Achewood? It's the same kind of story. Not the epic fantasies or meaningless comedies, but the small strange tales that we accumulate through our lives, revolving around the bizarre characters in our own personal histories.
I highly recommend this book, and I suggest you place it upon your shelf, between your hardcover copy of 'The Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe' and the plastic skull you got at that garage sale for $2.