Tim Hamilton, one of the founder members of the webcomics collective Act-I-Vate, is the latest contributor to Smithmag’s quite excellent Next Door Neighbours series, which has seen a number of very fine comics creators invited to produce a short story on the general theme of neighbours, which has allowed for some fascinating and often quite emotional and sometimes nostalgic works. Tim’s tale, Post Traumatic, is no exception, touching on the little coincidences we find happening in our lives that remind us that the people around us often have to deal with exactly the same problems we find ourselves struggling to cope with and also the different ways trauma can affect people, with the central character trying to enjoy life again after years spent caring for a terminally ill parent but realising later that those hard years had inured him to noticing the smaller pains and sorrows of those around him, something all to easy to do when you’ve been through something major and I think this is a mature, emotional tale that will resonate with anyone who has been in a similar situation.
(opening panels from Post Traumatic on Smithmag.net, art and (c) Tim Hamilton)
Actually I have to say I have really enjoyed this entire series so far – Dean Haspiel has been overseeing it so you know right away you’re in good hands and Dean’s assembled some very interesting comis creators to take part, including Kevin Colden, Harvey Pekar, Rick Veitch, Jonathan Ames, Nick Bertozzi, Josh Neufeuld and more, with Simon Fraser down for the next tale. All on Smithmag, the same nice folks who first serialised Shooting War and A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (the former went on to a print version to great reviews, the latter will see a print version in a few months) and free to read – its a site for any comics reader to bookmark.