Webcomic of the Week – Copper

Copper is a pretty easy to follow story but it’s really just an amazing work of art.  Included in Image’s Flight anthology and subject to its own collections, Kazu Kibuishi’s Copper tells the story of a young boy named Copper who travels around the world with his talking dog Fred.  But while that may sound like something you’ve heard before, trust me, this is truly a one-of-a-kind comic strip.  Over the years it’s been on and off hiatus due to changes in Kibuishi’s schedule and other such reasons, but there have been plenty of appearances of the boy and his dog for people to enjoy.  Trust me, you will enjoy them.

With an interesting mix of “Little Nemo in Dreamland” and “Peabody’s Improbable History” we get to see the duo go on a number of very interesting little adventures out in the world.  Whether or not they’re actually occurring is mostly left up to the reader, although there are some implications for either possibility.  It has short little stories that are funny, intriguing, and all around just a pleasure to read.  Kibuishi has clearly captured the imagination of a child in this comic while still maintaining a very pleasing environment for anyone to read it.  The settings of the story are very beautiful and make the vibrant and colorful nature of every panel really draw your eye.

Danger, excitement, and friendship wind up being these common elements that will in some ways remind you of all the Calvin & Hobbes you used to read (and I know you did).  What I especially like is how those who put Flight together managed to see how well-done these short strips were and managed to get Kazu to do an amazing story about Copper and Fred building an aircraft and going out on an adventure.  Really, I could keep comparing the comic to other things that you’d like just to get you to read it but I feel like that detracts from how good this comic is as it stands alone.  Truly that is where my recommendation rests: on the fact that Copper is a brilliant story that can be enjoyed by people young and old.  Go take a look because I guarantee it’ll be worth it.

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