Can one write an objective review about a book they have helped to sponsor? Should you write a review of a book drawn by a friend? Can you be critical or should you be ‘nice’ and go gentle on said friend? But if you have helped to sponsor the book, wouldn’t it be in your interest to write a positive glowing review to recover your cost? After all, if you don’t look out for yourself in this country, no one will. That will be a very cock thing to do - to talk about maintaining journalistic integrity when no one gives a shit. Cronyism and capitalism are more important to get ahead in life.
[to digress. All great magazines (like this one) face this moral and philosophical dilemmas. Just like BigO giving a 5-star review to the Oddfellows. And The Comics Journal giving a full hard-on review of Love and Rockets. We learn best practices only from the bestest.]
But that’s the thing. Ken Foo doesn’t give a shit about all these. Of course, he wants to be loved, to be famous, he wants the chicks and sell thousands and thousands of Cockman. But the fool wants to do it on his own terms. And that’s why I’m friends with him. He is a no nonsense, take no prisoners, no retreat, no surrender kind of artist. In other words, he is a cock. Only fools think that they can don’t sell out and survive in Singapore. This place just makes you compromise little by little until you have no pride and no integrity left. Life is full of disappointments and filled with compromises.
It is just damn fucking sad.
So to pick myself up, I read Cockman. It is the best book I have read this year. But you guys know I don’t read ‘real’ books. I only read books with pictures. Gin nah cheh with ang kong kia inside. Ang kong kia like Cockman, Policeman, Gym Master, Dr Sanjay Bala aka Buttboon, Uncle Lee and Blackcock.
All these are classic characters who will join the pantheon of other classic Ken Foo characters. Like Darby. What? You have not heard of Darby?
Shame on you.
To share a backstory of how cool Cockman is, it was actually completed before covid. Ken asked me to recommend foreign and local comics companies to publish Cockman. They refused to do so. Some didn’t even bother to write back to tell him to fuck off.
Anyway, Ken decided to self-publish his cock at great cost. Then he threatened to beat us with his cock if we don’t buy his book.
Ok he didn’t really do that.
It’s just a bit of rubbing.
But before you think we are bending over backwards (or just bending over) for some ken love, let’s acknowledge how difficult it is to be published overseas when your content is so local. Should you change your story / art to accommodate to the foreign market? But even if you stay local, you can’t sell either because the local readers won’t buy.
There lies the rub. Ken insists on local content, low brow, tasteless, obiang humour. He claimed it is not offensive at all. That his cockness is very mild.
“Can’t you losers take a joke?”
(anyway I told Ken no one will be offended because hardly anyone will buy and read it in the first place)
There is no censorship, editing or changes made to the book. Ken would not allow it. He will beat you very hard with his cock.
This is pure unadulterated Ken Foo in his full glory.
We are so lucky to live in this age.
To prove that there is character development in Cockman, see these.
My only request – for ken to bring Cassandra back.
If you really want to buy the book despite of my review, try Kinokuniya and WH Smith. Don’t bother with Popular, MPH, Times and all other not so good bookshops.
I agree. The aunt / mom is hot. I like it how ken's character only have whites in their eyes. most of them do not have pupils.