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Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland: Pop Tarts #1 Review

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland: Pop Tarts #1 Review
From Action Lab Comics
by Dean Rankine
For Mature Readers (Seriously)
Review by Hafsa Alkhudairi

Warning: This Review Contains Biased and Unbiased views about Bunnies, Drugs, Satan and Talking Toasters.

Have you ever picked up a book that looked hilarious and was disappointed because well, it wasn’t that funny? Never fear, Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland is going to make you crack up and question your sanity and maturity. This is not the first comic with Phil (pink bunny) and Tyrone (purple bunny) by Dean Rankine. I don’t see this being the last since they are popular. It is all very understandable after reading this issue.

The story begins with its creation narrative and that the bunnies were the first creation of the magically fertile phoenix. The first part of the issue is a narrative about Satan’s interest in the soul of the bunnies and how they got themselves their first groupie. This narrative is a delusion, a reference to Battle of the Bands, a manipulation, a trick and a success concurrently. There is a reference to some of the most acclaimed rock stars if you observe the other members of Satan’s group. Also please observe the details of the 80’s flashback, there is a huge nostalgic giggle waiting for you.

The second part of the issue tackles, in my opinion, society’s constant observing and judgmental eye in the form of anthropomorphic characterization of eyes and mouths. Basically every single object in his vicinity bullies Phil. They point out his shortcomings and critique his looks, habits and activities. The story is very interesting because it is a study of what objects would say to us as well as an observation of the ugly nature of humanity. This is my favorite story in the issue cause it is funny, truthful and interesting.

My preference does not diminish from the first and third part of the issue. The third may be the most hilarious, inappropriate (well, kind of appropriate in this context) and unpredictable of the lot. This story could be interpreted as a hallucination of two high bunnies or an actual series of events that happened to the bunnies. This story is a pinnacle of lust and immaturity delivered inoffensively and hilariously. This story creates a very fun ending to the story and is the reason the sub title of the issue is Pop Tarts.

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland: Pop Tarts’ art is combination of innocence and ugliness. The combination creates an epic recreation of Adventure Time meets Robert Crumb and The Simpsons. There is an interaction of detail and lack thereof. The art takes the cute and cuddly and gives it a twist exaggeration of the ugly truth of the creatures’ anatomy. This is interesting because of the brightness of the colours as well as the absurdity of the art creates an integrated experience of storytelling with the words.

Hilarious but not everyone’s cup of tea. The story might be too silly and insane and but I loved the experience! There are some layers to this story that could be analyzed as a critique about society and their norms. Some layers are purely insane, and other layers are intense both in hilarity and in difficulty to view. Personally, I probably would no pick this up as an ongoing but I wouldn’t hesitate in reading it if it passes my way again. If you do like these kinds of comics, I would encourage that you do pick this up.

If you do end up reading this, Have FUN!!

Hafsa Alkhudairi is a student at Ryerson that lives in Toronto. She is graduating undergrad in June and has her heart set on graduate school and becoming a professor. Current Project; taking as many English Literature classes as possible!

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