$8 each, 24 pages, black and white, 7.5 x 5.5 inches
I was first aware of Katie Skelly via a random follow on Twitter, in which I clicked through her Calico Comics website and impulsively read a couple of issues of her first comic series, Nurse Nurse. Her cutesy style and badass female leads drew me in, illustrating her comics with simple shapes and expressive panels. I recently had the chance to read issues #1-3 of her latest series, Operation Margarine, and I’m happy to say Skelly has impressed me.
Operation Margarine is a story about a rich girl runaway named Margarine and a badass biker bitch named Bon-Bon. The two decided to run away from town together, restarting lives as new people with each other and being quick buddies, though they’re both wanted girls by some kind of authority for two completely different reasons. While those reasons are somewhat unclear within the first three issues of Operation Margarine, the comics certainly present an amusing tale.
The brief dialogue between Bon-Bon and Margarine are enough to set the mood for the out-of-order comic book storytelling, but Skelly really illustrates such drama, that it’s hard to not feel like each comic was much denser than presented. Skelly has a gift for using great body language and facial expressions with her simplistic art style, expressing way more from each character than presented in its dialogue. It seems way more natural, and in a way, its simply cinematic.
There isn’t one character in Operation Margarine that I didn’t enjoy seeing. There was never a time while reading the first three issues of Operation Margarine where I felt dissatisfied. To simply put, Katie Skelly’s Operation Margarine is a fantastic mini-comic series that I cannot wait to see unfold, starring two bad bitches and some fantastic motorcycle action, similar to seeing those hardcore femmes in films from the 60′s, and combining it with class of the Mods of that era.