Chestaclese Sketchbook

    (Asylum, 2007)
™ and © Asylum Press & James C. Smith

If there’s a problem with the stories of the Labors of Hercules, it might be that they’re so terribly serious. Chestaclese (who has a really broad chest) changes all that by being laughably thuggish, a violent and dimwitted goof who’s both offensive and vaguely charming in his oafish hostility. He’s surrounded by various comic foils, including Macho Moose (the world’s manliest moose), Amazonia Loleeta (Chestaclese’s true love, or lust anyway), and various thieves, monsters, and caricatures. This one-shot offers an overview of the Chestaclese world.

As the title suggests, the book is filled with character sketches, both black and white and in color, and fun little thumbnail page layouts. Artist Jim Smith is probably best known for his work on Ren & Stimpy.

— Andy Richardson

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