As Derik says in his analysis, Trondheim’s project is pretty amazing in its ability to evoke comics without actually using any of the standard icons that would singify “comics”. I also find it startling just how much like Trondheim’s representational stuff this abstract comic is. Not that I’ve looked at a ton of Trondheim (especially in relation to his output), but, of the things I’ve seen, I’ve been struck by his phenomenal mastery of cartooning and comics language; his tediously pedestrian approach to page composition, and his cute (sometimes overly cute) humor. All of these qualities are retained in his abstract work. Its a tour de force of cartooning, showing that he can create a comic with no props, no plot, no characters — nothing. The tiny blobs with the stars are (in the small size, in the rounded bits, in their smoothness, in the glittery star) undeniably cute; even precious. And the page layout is pretty darn boring; a basic grid that is never violated.
The dullness of the layout is part and parcel of the effort to make the page readable as comics, of course — with nothing else to go on, the only way for it to be comics is for it to be monotonous. It’s a briliant solution as far as the process goes, but I’m not entirely sold on the product. Still, the colors are pretty, and it has a comfortingly attractive pop art sheen that is pleasing to contemplate….I dunno, maybe I’ll have to find a copy and look through the whole thing more closely to figure out what I feel about it exactly. It’s certainly worth thinking about, though, especially for someone like me who’s working (however hesitantly) on creating some abstract comics….