I've praised Patty Cake in past columns as
one of the very best comics being done today.
Unfortunately, in the chaos of 1997, I fell about a
year behind on my comics reading and, saving
Patty Cake for a time when I could savor it,
managed not to read an issue all last year. I'm an idiot.
The first issue I read was A Patty Cake Christmas
(Tapestry, $2.95), which was published in 1996. This
40-page classic -- and it is just that -- starts out with
the knowing line, "There are all kinds of stuff kids
don't want for Christmas." It goes on to wring laughs
and tears from its readers, as it examines the chasm
between what kids want and what they get.
Caliber Comics, of which Tapestry was a part, only
published three issues of the regular series.
Still, those comics are worth seeking out.
"From the Heart" in Patty Cake #2 ($2.95) is
both funny and thoughtful, while "In the Swing" is
guaranteed to melt your heart. In Patty Cake
#3, "Fright Night" is a powerful tale of childhood pain,
while "Dutch Treats" and "Field of Daydreams" had me
chortling out loud. Excellent issues.
Roberts moved over to Slave Labor Graphics for the
Patty Cake Special ($3.95). "Here There Be
Monsters," a 40-page tour de force about
childhood expectations and disappointments, was a
great start to what I hope will be a long and mutually
profitable relationship between a talented creator and a
My Roberts marathon concluded with Patty Cake &
Friends #1 and #2 (Slave Labor, $2.95 each). We're
talking more exceptional stories, as Patty Cake learns
(and sometimes fails to learn) important lessons about
life, endures childhood catastrophes of one sort or another,
and keeps us smiling along the way. I know I keep
repeating myself, but "funny and thoughtful" so perfectly
sums up what Roberts accomplishes in this comic book
that the phrase should probably be stamped on every
Please don't take my word for it. Go out and buy every
single Patty Cake comic you can find and read
them for yourself. I know you'll love them as much as
I do. --
All Art and Material © and &trade 1995
Scott Roberts, All Rights Reserved
Since July 1998