Manor Threat: Snake Pit Comics 2013-2015
by Ben Snakepit Author
Manor Threat contains three more years of daily diary comics from Ben Snakepit. This episode brings us to the town of Manor (pronounced "MAY-ner"), a suburb of Austin, Texas. Ben buys a house with his wife and adjusts to slow-paced country living. He also turns 40 and gets a new job, and then gets another job. Along the way, he draws a three-panel comic describing each day's events, however dramatic or monotonous. Against that steady march of time, patterns emerge and shift and the result is a meditative, addictive read that captures the humanity of everyday life. Bonus for true fans: A surprise ending!
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Comments & Reviews
"I don't know of anyone who doesn't like Snakepit comics as there's an authenticity to them that can't be argued."
"...Bingeing his comics ultimately invites self-reflection ...Even when Snakepit gets heavy, he is still the master of the human poop pile."
"But then something happens, it clicks and all of a sudden the comic becomes addictive as hell. Oh, and there’s a surprise ending! Got your attention now, huh?"
"All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable, easy read!"
"Good days are celebrated by splurging on better beer. When he tries to lose weight, the way it takes over his life will look familiar to anyone who has gone through the same process...You don’t expect someone’s diary to be writerly, and Manor Threat feels real because it lacks artifice."
"Rarely has a rather hum-drum life been so effecting and relatable, and that’s Ben Snakepit’s true gift- he could be writing about you. One hopes of many more collections of Snakepit. Who knows what he’ll do next?"
"...A meditative, addictive read that captures the humanity of everyday life in a way that is never pretentious or boring, and always relatable."
"I’ll bet most 40 something punks can identify with Ben’s newfound fondness for Craft Beer (or ‘Fancy’ Beer as he insists on calling it), battles against middle age spread and where DIY increasingly refers to patching up your home than putting on Punk shows. An enjoyable comic strip for us middle age punx."
"Against that steady march of time, patterns emerge and shift and the result is a meditative, addictive read that captures the humanity of everyday life in a way that is never pretentious or boring, and always relatable."
“I hate about 80% of all comics. Narrow that down into the genre of autobio, and even further into the subgenre of indie punk rock stuff, and it’s bleak as hell. But somehow, Ben Snakepit’s work has managed to consistently win me over for more than a decade. He doesn’t cater to literary trends, or try to make Snakepit more than what it is, which is a difficult and wonderful thing to pull off. I suspect that even when I’m old and hate even more things, Snakepit will forever have a place in my cold, shitty heart.”