BOOK REVIEW: Inkblot, Vol. 1 by Emma Kubert & Rusty Gladd

Inkblot, Vol. 1Inkblot, Vol. 1 by Emma Kubert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Out: April 7, 2021

 

A sorceress, Seeker, spills an inkpot into some magic and accidently conjures a cat-ish being that can portal through space, time, and the boundaries of alternate dimensions. Said creature, Inkblot, has adventures by way of said spatial, temporal, and interdimensional travels, finding itself in the midst of battles with dragons, mutineers, a Sphinx, and sundry monsters. It’s a little like Forrest Gump, but with a cat stumbling through historic moments in a magic & dragons fantasy realm.

This volume makes for a cute reading experience, which – I suspect – is what the authors were going for. As anything more than lighthearted entertainment, it suffers problems of story. The most notable problem is that Inkblot is the only character whose story cuts across all six issues, and as a protagonist the cat lacks motivation, emotional experience, or agency. Inkblot is adorably drawn with huge eyes and little else by way of discernable features beyond its cat-like body, but its emotional range is Mark Wahlberg-esque. Arguably, the true protagonist is the cat’s creator, Seeker, but she is not a major player through much of the arc. Which speaks to a second issue, and that’s that issues two and three feel a bit random and disconnected. Both are fine issue level adventures, but they don’t seem to advance the overall story.

If you’re looking for a cute and very lighthearted read, you may want to check this one out. It’s drawn in a vibrant and whimsical fashion and is written to take one’s mind off pandemic woes.

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POEM: Kittens Can’t Get Their Legs

Little kittens can’t get their legs.

Feet slide as legs sprawl wide.

Writhing amid a pile of siblings.

Wrangled and nudged by mama.

Tiny screams for leeway ungranted.

Bellies bulge with mama’s milk.

They don’t yet look like miniature cats.

They have neither the proportions nor the ears.

They could as well be puppies or opossums.

From any distance mama sanctions.


[National Poetry Month: Poem #19]

DAILY PHOTO: “Whoa, Déjà Vu” [a Matrix Reference]

Taken in July of 2014 in Kochi (Cochin), Kerala

DAILY PHOTO: Side-by-Side Cats: or, Two Grumpy Lionesses

Taken in May of 2016 in Zambia

Taken in May of 2016 in Zambia

This isn’t a good shot. It’s washed out and the composition is poor.

And yet, when I saw it I couldn’t help but imagine a dialogue between these two lionesses. If it triggers that reaction for you, it’s worth posting it.