The Bridge Project is one of the more delightful anothologies that I have read in a while. It has all the markings of a good indie anthology, a simple theme that is easy to follow, and strong creators that were chosen for the project. The concept is pretty simple, a cartoonists from Portland and San Francisco collaborate on stories. The nice thing about it, is that while some stories are about the cities the creators live in, they avoid the easy trappings of all being autobio stries of being cartoonists in cool communities(although that is the case with a couple of the stories, it’s ok, because it’s not the majority).
Some of the favs in the book, include a nice balance piece by superstars Rina Ayuyang and Erika Moen. It highlights some of the wonders and joys of their own home towns, with the collaboration seem to be based on shared ideas but they still work independtly to their own strengths. Scott Campbell and Graham Annable team up for completely insane sea chantey that can only come from their combined minds. David Chelsea works solo for story of one mans differences and experiences between the two cities.
Overall, I am pretty happy with this book, I think people should take note of work that has gone into this book and see what goes into making a quality indy anthology.