Two Minis by Matt Wiegle
Here are two minis by cartoonist Matt Wiegle that I picked up in Toronto... god, was that really six months ago? Anyway, they're both short, 16-page comics that somehow manage to milk every last drop of humor from their simple premises. "Is It Bacon?" is a field guide to identifying bacon (which, as it turns out can be quite easily confused with a bunch of other substances). "Monsters & Condiments" is devoted to the premise that "when properly seasoned, all fiends inspire delight rather than terror."
Both comics are actually highly entertaining. The off-kilter erudition of "Is It Bacon?" and the sheer left-field absurdity of "Monsters & Condiments" are complemented by Wiegle's drawing style, which makes extensive use of hatching to help ground their high-concept underpinnings.
Unfortunately, there's no denying that both minis are a bit, well, slight. They rarely stray too far from their initial premise, and while they're guaranteed to provide a few laughs they're not the sort of work that rewards serious scrutiny. They'd feel right at home in an anthology, or in a compilation of Wiegle's total works, but as individual works they can sometimes feel like a poor value for your money. Fortunately, Matt Wiegle manages to side-step the entire issue by pricing them at a mere $1.