Swamp City Grifters

Swamp City Grifters

Book One, The Grot

Graphic Novel - 2020
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Penn and Lipton Wise have set out to Falter City to make their fortune. It's the future, obviously, and things are pretty grim. The Australian landscape is traumatized. Plague is rampant. Machines only work as well as the poor sod pedaling them. Things are hotter and wetter than they used to be, giving the whole place the vibe of a sweaty armpit. Lippy and Penn are hoping to set up shop in this grimy boom-town, but they've got to stay frosty, because it's teeming with hustlers, swindlers, and scoundrels. It's the sort of place where a lucky moron could make an outrageous fortune in an afternoon and lose it all before bedtime. The sort of place where two enterprising teenagers could really make something of themselves. Or so they say...
Publisher: Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2020.
ISBN: 9781603094665
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Grot

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ashapritchard
Feb 02, 2021

The drawing style is crude and eerie, making you feel like everyone is somehow bad (which, to be fair, is on point with the theme). The story is reminiscent of how I always pictured a gold-mining town would’ve been. Everyone is out for themselves, trying to hit pay-dirt in any and all ways possible. This book follows two brothers who pick up their lives and head to the big town to try and make their small family fortune bigger. They quickly realize that getting rich is never easy, and they sure do have their work cut out for them. I found the main characters endearing but naive, and I repeatedly became anxious as they interacted with all of the other grifters. The drawing style and dirty look to it all didn’t help, making me nervous for them as I quickly finished the book. I’m sure that this was exactly what the author was going for. Not a relaxing read, but entertaining nonetheless.

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