A Strange Day

 STRQ   (Alternative, 2005)

™ and © 2004, 2005 Damon Hurd and Tatiana Gill

An obsessed music fan, Miles plans to cut school weeks ahead of time so that he can buy the first new Cure album (the first in four years) the day it gets released. A consideration of practical matters does not enter his mind. So naturally, he’s shocked to find the store’s closed when he gets there at 7:30 a.m. Likewise for the free–spirited Anna who arrives on the scene shortly afterwards.

Anna suggests some suitably offbeat alternatives to hanging around the parking lot all morning, and the two embark on what turns out to be a strange day. Ebullient Anna wins over the shy, tentative Miles while they drive around town talking and blasting Cure tunes, share stuff about themselves while sharing lunch at Anna’s favorite diner, and visit another special place where they share a little bit more.

Eisner–winner Damon Hurd and freelance illustrator Tatiana Gill hope readers will recognize something of themselves in this small format, black and white one–shot. Hurd makes liberal use of Cure lyrics to set the scene, and Gill renders her protagonists in thick, inky black lines.

— Leland Burrill

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  2/1/2005
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