Charlie's Spot.

  • Written by George O'Connor
  • Pencils and Inks by Meredith Laxton
  • Colors by Allie Pepitone
  • Lettering by Taylor Esposito

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"Life Is A Carnival--Believe It Or Not
Life Is A Carnival--Two Bits A Shot"
-The Band


I like the small stage.

There's so much you can do with it. Charlie's Spot has that going for it, for sure.

A man named Charlie begs for change, to get himself through his day. Charlie has become accustomed to staying at the same spot in the park, year in, year out. People get to know him. He becomes a fixture to the neighborhood. It's Charlie's spot.

But one day he suffers a heart attack. He has to stay in the hospital a few days. When Charlie gets back he's angered and surprised to find his 'spot' has been occupied by a whole team of beggars. They are working for a woman planning on organizing the whole park and its denizens -including the jugglers, actors, and street clowns.

Charlie wants none of this, only to have his 'spot' back. Aided with his lawyer friend 'Dre, they pursue a plan of attack.

Charlie's Spot as a story does indeed keep it simple, with direct action and a very natural flow to it. I really felt a sense of palpable 'time' elapsing between one situation to the next. Charlie himself is a very likable guy, with a strong moral sense which he holds himself to. He's a mentally troubled man, with a past stemming from PTSD that came from a stint in the military with Desert Storm.

Everybody's welcome.

A funny thing about reading this comic was how clean and approachable it was. I'm so used to 'seamy' and 'hard-R' rated material that there was a readiness for me to see some unsightly things, being this is about street people in a big city. But that never came. Charlie's Spot is a comic you could show to anybody in any age group. George O'Connor has created an arena of colorful charming characters who interact with each other in a very soft way.

Stylistically Charlie's fits in with Y The Last Man in so far as the smooth and somewhat simplified people, faces and places. But there's a big difference in that Charlie's gets it right with a small page count and gentle manner of telling its tale. YTLM -even though it as also 'clean' in style- collapsed under its own weight for me.

So you might say as a writer one should steer towards small targets and small stages. It clears the air and you get to say a lot more.

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