Plastic Farm: Sowing Seeds on Fertile Soil
Danielle Corsetto Artist
Dennis Culver Artist
Dave Morgan Artist
Wendi Strang-Frost Artist
Jake Warrenfeltz Artist
Plastic Farm is one of the most important but unknown independent comics out there in the market. You cannot find the original comic book printings anywhere for less than an astounding amount of money. Plastic Farm really helped set in place the underground independent comic book movement in 2003 through 2005. If you dig underground comics, then you should be collecting plastic farm. The story revolves around Chester Carter, who is seriously having problems. He has a lot of issues that we have at times, but his seem to amplify in the world that he inhabits. He does not live with the rest of us; he is in his own plain of existence, where people, objects, items, and emotions seem to creep in and out of the field of view for the reader. This is a delightfully disjointed comic book series that expands the art, and the ideas of what it is like to deal with a lot of emotional pain.
This digital trade paperback collects the impossible to find comic books 1 through 12. So you get the start of the comic book series right on from the git go. We learn a lot about the back story that is missing from the physical copies I have. Abandoned as a baby, raise in a mental hospital with its own fair share of ghosts and modern day horrors, he has to find ways to cope. He eventually makes a magical imaginary friend, a cowboy who rides a dinosaur. In the first few pages we find him in his own pool of vomit after a binge drinking night where he has wrecked his car and has no idea of the things that have transpired from point A to point B. It does not get any happier from here, Chester is damaged, and it is trying to cope with reality that we really see the damage that life has caused him. It is hard to determine what is and what is not real in the world, because for Chester everything is real, all the horror, all the pain, and all the other things that go along with it.
Plastic Farm is probably one of the most important underground independently produced comics that the reader can get their hands on. Physical copies are limited and expensive. But getting the first twelve issues in the series digitally is simply delightful. I am really glad to have found this and if you are really into independent comics, Plastic Farm must be part of your collection. I am rating this one five of five stars because it is simply that important to add to your collection. Digital, physical, it does not matter, in the longer run this is an amazingly well done story, with good character development, and some awesome twists and turns that will keep the reader deeply engaged with the entire story line.
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