Praised for finding new ways of being funny while simultaneously panned for lacking the draftsmanship skills of his peers, Henderson continues what he’s been doing all along for nearly twenty years! Magic Whistle #11 features the return of Monroe Simmons, a re-coloring of a story previously published in the childrens’ anthology Measles, tons of previously unpublished strips, and the high-low-brow humor audiences have come to expect from this cartoonist who has been nominated multiple times for a Harvey award and once for an Emmy.
“Henderson remains very, very funny. This issue features several comics much more aggressive than usual in pushing the cartoonist’s conspiratorial take on being funny through the vehicle of fretting over why something is or isn’t funny, like “The Groucho Duck” and “Merry Christmas, Dudes and Dudettes!” There are fewer of the more abstract exercises along those same lines, Henderson’s other deep reservoir of strips, although I found a Dirty Danny feature where he re-writes the Emancipation Proclamation into idiotic filthy-talk amusing in its set the bar, clear the bar rhythm.” –Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter.
90 pages. 32 pages in color.
Alternative Comics, 2008