by Braden D. Lamb and Shelli Paroline
I liked Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline's work on the excellent Boom series The Midas Flesh, so when I saw that Lamb had this mini-comic on offer at TCAF, I thought it would make a good purchase.
Set in a typical storybook souk, The Potter's Pet is about what happens when you set out to please everybody. The titular potter is having a bad month, not selling any of his wares. One day he discovers some plans on a piece of parchment, and builds himself a little robot that dances to amuse him.
Another merchant sees it, and asks if he can build her one that will sort scrolls for her. Reluctant, the potter agrees to build this for her (he has to smash his own robot to do it) once she offers a price he can't refuse. When he goes to take the finished product to her, another merchant waylays him and offers more money if he instead constructs a device that will fetch juice. And then we're off, as each person in succession expects a device that does more, but also pays better.
There is a storybook simplicity to this comic, which is aided by the clean art from Lamb and Paroline. I can see why the pair's comfort with historically impossible art made them obvious choices for The Midas Flesh, which is about the science fiction implications of the legend of King Midas, and which features a dinosaur in a space suit.
This was a fun little read.