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    Zine Review: ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 6

    Bots Is Bots 6

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Six
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    Check out my reviews of the other ‘Bots Is ‘Bots issues in the Zine Review Index.

    Gregg was kind enough to send me issues 1-6 of his zine ‘Bots Is ‘Bots last year(ish?), and now I’m finally reading issue six.

    This issue is unlike the others in that it has very few words – none of which are actually spoken by the characters. Instead of the usual collection of strips, this is one big comic featuring pictures of ‘a day in the life’ for all the bots. From waking to sleep, we follow them through their lives (as they stand as of this issue). It’s sweet, and the variety of layouts kept it interesting and pleasing to the eye.

    But… I’m left wondering if this is it for Glad ‘Bot, Mad ‘Bot, Chad ‘Bot, and Sad ‘Bot. The comic itself is a little sad – nostalgic, even. There isn’t a strip for the invitation to play Words with Friends nor is there a strip for the thanks Gregg usually gives out. There’s nothing but Gregg’s name and the name of the zine to go on for contact details.

    I hope it’s not the last one.

    I think ‘Bots is ‘Bots Issue 6 is a zine that will be more appreciated by someone who has read the zines that came before this one.

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    Zine Review: ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 5

    Bots Is Bots 5

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Five
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    Check out my reviews of the other ‘Bots Is ‘Bots issues in the Zine Review Index.

    Full colour! I always get excited about colour zines. What can I say? This is the first full colour comic zine I’ve ever read, so it’s extra cool. It’s interesting to see how the artist would colour their world.

    I have to admit that I was ‘cruising’ with this one as far as the humour went, but then Gregg pulled out the meta (I think I’m using that word correctly) style joke, and it was great. A huge thumbs up for making me literally laugh out loud, and another hat tip for keeping it fresh.

    Once again, ‘Bots Is ‘Bots keeps expanding – this time with an interview! Even better, it’s a short and sweet interview. I like interviews, but they’re no fun (to me) when they drag on forever. This one fit right into the format of this zine. Keep it coming.

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    Zine Review: ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 4

    Bots Is Bots 4

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Four
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    Check out my reviews of the other ‘Bots Is ‘Bots issues in the Zine Review Index.

    I’m getting a little nervous about the prospect of repeating myself when I review these zines. I suppose that’s the risk when you review a series? Despite that risk, I figure it’s about time to say that I’m still loving the quality of the paper, the bright covers, and, of course, the content!

    I feel like this issue is the first one to dig into deeper story (as deep as a sarcastically humorous zine about robots gets) and the characters. While there was nothing wrong with what he has been doing, I like the switch up. Gregg seems to be focused on keeping things fresh.

    I was a little sad that the funny ‘sandwich’/beginning and end comic was nixed, but I can’t think of a better way to replace it: with the origin story! Woohoo! Now we find out how the bots all came into being. Not only that, it’s a part one without a conclusion within the zine. Unless I haven’t been paying attention, this is the first time Gregg has made something so clearly continued on in a future issue.

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    Zine Review: ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 3

    Bots Is Bots 3

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Three
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    Check out my reviews of the other ‘Bots Is ‘Bots issues in the Zine Review Index.

    When I got my hands on the ‘Bots is ‘Bots zines, I considered writing about the series as a whole in one review. But this one is the one that made me decide that they all need their own review.

    Of all the ‘Bots is ‘Bots comics I’ve read so far (admittedly, only three), this is my favourite issue. It has so much wordplay in it, and I love wordplay. Seeing it in comic form makes it even more fun. Where the first two issues seemed to have pretty solid themes, this one looks like it’s taking the piss out of itself. Having some fun and a laugh at the expense of the strangeness of life and the English language.

    In each issue there is a part one/part two comic that ‘sandwiches’ all the rest of the content. That strip? Just keeps getting funnier.

    I’ve mentioned before that I like seeing how a zine series can grow and change over time. I didn’t think there was anything missing from this series, but I’m happy to see some variety injected into it in the form of a (robot) movie review.

    I’m looking forward to seeing where things go.

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    Zine Review: ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 2

    Bots Is Bots 2

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue Two
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    I’ve read the first one, too! Check out my review of ‘Bots Is ‘Bots 1

    Where issue one of ‘Bots Is ‘Bots was of a more of an introductory collection of strips, I feel like issue two is more about taking a poke at human nature. Fishing, optimism, pessimism, being overworked… It’s a quirky mix of robots discussing humans while also taking on human behaviour.

    While it is having fun and poking fun, he does put in things about the darker sides of life. I appreciated the ‘keeping it real’ aspect to those strips.

    I really like the humour in the comic strips, but Gregg proves himself a funny guy in a subtle way as well. You can read the strips and enjoy them, but if you make sure to note the strip titles, they can sometimes make the strip joke all that more funny. I love little touches, and the comic titles could be little somethings that are easy to miss.

    All up, I’m looking forward to reading the next issues.

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    Zine Review: ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue One

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    ‘Bots is ‘Bots: Issue One
    Gregg
    http://botsisbots.blogspot.com.au/

    Woo! This zine came as an awesome zine trade on Zines A Go Go on Facebook. Gregg was awesomely generous and sent me six issues of ”Bots is ‘Bots’.

    ‘Bots is ‘Bots is a set of short comics featuring Glad’Bot, Sad’Bot, Mad’Bot, and Chad’Bot. They’re ‘slices of life’ comics that aren’t really impacted by the main characters being robots. Their being robots, however, is a pretty fun quirk to throw into the mix.

    It is a quick read. Not only is it a comic, but it’s a fairly uncomplicated one. I quite liked it just for that, though. Sometimes it’s really, really nice to have something that you don’t have to think about – that you can just enjoy.

    What I really liked about this zine comes from my novelist side in terms of structure. The very first comic kind of stands out as not quite fitting. It jarred a tiny bit. In a structural way, I loved how Gregg brought is all back – full circle, you could say – with the final comic. I’m not sure how much that’ll make sense if you haven’t checked it out, so you should definitely check it out.

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