Tundra: The comic strip mother nature warned you about
Reviewed: May 10, 2007
By: Chad Carpenter
Publisher: Tundra & Associates
160 pages, $19.95
>Tundra >seems to be the Northís answer to Gary
Larson. Chad Carpenterís creation does a number of different things. It follows
the adventures of Chad and an assortment of goofy talking animals in a way
that puts me in mind of the Red Green Show. It does crazy things with other
animals and people out in the wild, in a Far Side sort of way. It does parodies
of other kinds of strip ideas, a little bit like Bound and Gagged. It deals
with all sorts of northern oddities: strange snowpeople; all sorts of weird
stuff with igloos; whacky adventures in ice fishing.
>Itís a daily strip, a weekend strip,
and sometimes a single panel gag. Itís probably the only strip in North America
where some type of dead/rotting ungulate surrounded by carnivores or scavengers
is a regular item of panel furnishing.
>This collection is definitely a high-end
product. The strips are larger than you would have seen them in print, the
paper stock of quality composition, and all the strips have been coloured.
>Itís also a popular book. I had to
keep retrieving it from the other bathrooms so I could finish reading it.