In Alligator Tales vol. 1 by Julia Gootzeit, Al is trying to stay engaged at work, figuring out what’s going on with his old co-worker Guy, and being a good friend. It doesn’t help that he’s always late for work, Guy is sending mixed signals, and that the nearby erupting volcanoes are adding additional stress onto normal life.
Julia mixes everyday frustrations with a very timely sense of existential dread, as the characters try to carry on normally while a major health crisis is looming above them. Alligator Tales deals with adult themes of work and dating. Julia’s art style adds a soft personable feel to the comic, making the characters empathetic and three dimensional.
Winner, 2020 MICE Mini-Grant