The other day we were joking about 80s comics weirdos/iconoclasts/content creators like Bob Burden and Steve Lafler — post-underground cartoonists who turned out sizable, notable bodies of work that appeared mostly in serial form, mostly based around very strong characters. It’s a format that has all but vanished. But here’s another near legendary practitioner of the same, Canadian legend David Boswell, creator of Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman. Boswell has just put all of Fleming’s adventures online in a pay-what-you-wish format, which most people will take to be free, but be a good sport and drop a few bucks, won’t you?
Boswell’s work is unique and indescribable, absurdist and romantic, equal parts Little Nemo and R. Crumb. If you’re just getting in to the series, you might want to go right to one of the later longer stories, Heartbreak Comics (a favorite of many) or the earlier collection, Rogues to Riches.
Also, if your into the holding things in your hands thing, IDW put out a poorly promoted print collection a few years back which is still available.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.