Fiction. Books Choice of the Week, Georgia Straight. Wombat is a cartoon strip from Vancouver artist Rod Filbrandt and the precursor to his longlived and much loved strip, Dry Shave. In WOMBAT: THE COLLECTED COMIC STRIP the reader witnesses the development of a cartoon strip and the characters that fill its frames, from its nascent, raw stages, when it first ran in the Discorder (a University of British Columbia campus paper) in the early '80s, on through numerous growth spurts, to the amazingly polished strides of the early '90s, and finally to its sad and noir-ish end in 1994. "Few artists are as capable as Rod Filbrandt when it comes to sifting out the most obvious nonsensical idiocy in today's world, and slinging it back at us like the slop in the neck we all deserve." Drawn! The Illustration and Cartooning Blog "Running from the mid '80s until 1994, Wombat showcased Rod Filbrandt's wry and jaded views on modern society and his incredible growth and progression as a cartoonist. a great representation of the formative years of one of the best cartoonists this country has produced." Broken Pencil "WOMBAT: THE COLLECTED COMIC STRIP (Anvil Press, $16) shows aspects of Filbrandt's art getting slicker as the years go by, but his misfit hero part punk, part Raymond Chandler reject remains a bespectacled ball of sarcasm, bad nerves, and all-purpose rage. Of course, the booze never stops flowing, and every hard- edged drink is a possible door to hallucinatory black magic or at least to a 'color fun' page inviting you to take your crayons to a black-and-white pillar of puke rushing from Wombat. It all adds up to a sharply funny portrait of a darker, less yoga-friendly time." Georgia Straight (Books Choice of the Week)"