A horrible hack

Benjamin Scott

Snake Pit (Anthology 2)

Year Released: 2003
Format: Zine
Label: self released
 
Reviewed by Kunal Nandi on Jun 13, 2007
Snake Pit is built around a peach of a concept. Every day, Ben draws a three-panel comic describing his day. Er, that's it pretty much - a year in the life of some geezer living in Texas in 1095 panels.

BUT, the whole is much, much more than the sum of its parts. Ben seems to spend a hell of a lot of time getting stoned and/or drunk and going to (mostly lame) parties, and although some of us losers may never do those things, there is still plenty that everyone can relate to here. It feels completely genuine, which I don't get to say very often, and maybe a little invasive, like reading someone else's diary. Ben, however, clearly doesn't take life or himself too seriously, so, as in real life, it's poignant, funny, and at times very sad. One thing that comes across really well is how mundane everyday existence can seem to be, but taken as a whole, it's not that bad really! Maybe that's the appeal of this little gem: the guy's talking about himself, but it's easy to take themes from it and apply it to your own life at the same time.

Plus he's seen a ton of bands, including Cephalic Carnage! They rule! Dude!

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