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Wed, Jan. 2nd, 2008, 04:32 pm
Monkey In The Middle

Last night, I watched The Drinky Crow Show on the Cartoon Network. The cartoon is the animated version of Tony Millionaire's comic strip, Maakies. But somehow seeing it in full color just didn't seem right. The comic's strength is Millionaire's inking style and in my opinion black and white reproduction suits it best. I still prefer his more realistic depiction of the same characters in The Adventures of Sock Monkey to the strip itself. Yet, Dark Horse also published the book in black and white. The color cover looks great but the color in last night's cartoon paled by comparison. Any comparison between Tony Millionaire's Maakies and my friend John Mundt's Monkey is like comparing the differences between apples and oranges or better yet, between Superman and Captain Marvel. I believe John was the first to publish a sock monkey adventure and he had also been drawing Monkey comics since he was just a kid. Mundt's first mini-comic, came out in the summer of 1993. The first Maakies collection reprinted strips drawn between 1994 and 2000. But it really doesn't matter who came first because both are excellent comics and stand on their own merits. I recommend that you read both of these fine comics and draw your own conclusions.