This week we play catchup with all things Secret Acres. (For full disclosure, there was a freak flood here at chez Acres; many, many books were lost, but nobody got hurt or anything, so we’re grateful for little blessings, but we’re still cleaning up, etc.) First up, from the ICYMI files, is Alex Hoffman’s take on Sean Knickerbocker’s Rust Belt, up on Sequential State. Sequential State qualifies as necessary reading if you’re into good comics, and Alex is a for-real smartypants, so we’re always excited to hear what he has to say. He puts Sean in some pretty prestigious company, namedropping Segar and Schultz by way of Forsman and Van Sciver. The first two would be more about Sean’s line, which Alex describes as “workman-like.” This fits the second two pretty well thematically, as Mr. Hoffman includes Sean with Forsman and Van Sciver in the medium’s “recent tradition of Midwestern down-and-out stories.” The people of Rust Belt may not all be down for the count, however. As Alex writes: “The tragedy of Rust Belt is in its familiarity, and the understanding that, as Knickerbocker suggests, a lot of people are one good kick away from falling into the pit.” Here’s hoping that kick misses! Go the read whole thing right here. Thank you, Alex!
A short review of Sean Knickerbocker's Rust Belt, a collection of short stories about misfits, outsiders, and rejects, published in 2019 by Secret Acres.