I first became of Mirka Andolfo’s work in the pages of her creator owned horror series, Mercy. Well, no, that can’t be right, because I was already following her on social media, but I digress… Mercy was incredibly good, but this is a completely different kind of comic…and yet equally good, if not better.
See, I first saw Sweet Paprika quite a while ago, on Andolfo’s Facebook, and made a mental note to check it out. As the months went by she posted more about the book and I became more interested, and more frustrated that I still couldn’t order it! And then, finally, it was available to order, and so I ordered all six non-ratioed covers…and also a few more variants…and I’ll probably order some more too… BECAUSE I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I mean, I knew I would, if only for Andolfo’s quirky, sexy art style. But there’s so much more to this than good art. You see, what isn’t mentioned in the solicit text above is that Paprika is a devil living in a world of angels and devils. And Dill is an angel. And as much as Paprika is deeply unsatisfied with her like, so is Dill. Because when Dill tries to invite a woman out to dinner after hooking up with her she brushes him off. See, what they’re both looking for is a connection with someone, as both of them are living shallow and unfulfilling lives in their own way.
Sweet Paprika is very much a soap in comic form. Yes, the characters are supernatural beings, and a lot of the situations are ridiculous and fantastical, but the drama is grounded. These people seem more than just cartoon fantasies.
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