Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s review of Glitch! If you did not get a chance to read it, click the link at the top right after reading this. Today I’m continuing my full week of graphic novel reviews with a book that’s a bit out there. Gotta love that title though!
Title: Short Order Crooks Vol. 1
Author(s): Christopher Sebela, George Kambadais, Lesley Atlansky, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and Kelly Sue Deconnick
Publisher: Two Headed Press (2018)
Age Rating: 17+
Emerald City Comic Con has one of the best artist alleys in the country. It’s a great show for all of the west coast peeps to showcase their talent, and I always find at least a small handful of amazing artists at ECCC that I can’t find at my midwest or east coast shows. The artist alley alone is worth the trip to ECCC.
This year was no exception, and one of the people that I was excited to meet was Christopher Sebela, writer of one of my favorite titles from last year: Crowded.
I didn’t go to the con to meet anyone in particular. I usually never do. It’s the organic excitement of “Oh, dang! I love that person!” as I stroll artist alley that’s most exciting to me, and that happened at least five times during my stroll at ECCC. Seeing Sebela was a treat, but even more so was picking up a book from him that I didn’t know existed…Short Order Crooks.
It’s a quirky yet timely concept: the criminal underground food truck scene in Portland. The book starts out with our protagonist, Rockwell Granger (Rocky), catching heat from the food truck mafia for being late on his loan payment. You see, to really play the food truck game in Portland, you have to, well…play the game with the right people, causing certain trouble for you and your business if you can’t pay.
Part Godfather and part Top Chef, this odd story is anything but boring. I would have liked the first volume to wrap up a bit more of what we were given in vol. 1, but it sets the stage for a lot of drama if you choose to continue reading the rest of the volumes.
The art is simple yet slick, and team does a decent job of switching up the look of the pages with creative layouts:
The majority of the book is spent with Rocky as he attempts to track down a rogue food truck for the Portland food truck mafia. He gets some help from an unexpected friend that challenges what he knows to be his seemingly sad existence.
If all of this sounds good to you, then you’ll probably dig it. I did want recipes though! Maybe in future volumes, but how you gonna show people cooking and not give a dude a recipe?! I’m hungry…all the time!
Check back tomorrow for another graphic novel review. I got more good ones coming all week, fam.