Foreclosure and Talking Lizards: A Review of the Miami-Based Webcomic "Red Light Properties" by Dan Goldman
Beside the Borscht Film Festival, the best visual representation of Miami may be a Rick Ross video.
Back in November, graphic novelist and Miami native Dan Goldman returned home for the Book Fair and the fritas. While his talk at the Miami Book Fair centered mostly on his work "08: Diary of a Campaign Trail", the New Times interviewed him about his new project, Red Light Properties, which just went live on sci-fi juggernaut publisher Tor's website.
Red Light Properties takes a tiny pushpin flag and stabs it straight into the middle of the "0" in 305. Jude Tobin is an exorcist who smokes roots and bark from South America in his earth vaporizer. He's also a property manager. He does both things at the same time. Red Light Properties is sort of like Flip This House mixed with Scooby Doo. Only it's much better than that sounds. The first page starts with him breaking up with his wife who happens to be his business partner. Insert "hang in there" cat poster.
Those familiar with Goldman's art will find he's allowed his work to get even more playful this time around: the reflection of Jude's John Lennon glasses dilating as he blazes up, a chastizing talking lizard, pelicans, grandmas, and causeways: it all pops more than any of his previous work, partially due to the color palate but mostly because you can clearly see the man is having fun.
The first installment (17 pages) of Red Light Properties is available here and Tor will be publishing new installments every Tuesday during January.