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This review will cover Shrink Fan’s “Small Change,” which is composed of two issues in total. The first was released on September 1st, 2019, and the second was released on June 1st, 2020.
Mac Rome served as the writer for this series. Vincenzo Pietropaolo was the artist. Slasher handled the coloring. JSD of Studio GFX was the letterer for the first issue while Dio of Studio GFX did lettering for the second. Takusa of Studio GFX was the layout artist for the first and Kevin Cruz also from Studio GFX did the layout for the second. Lastly, Cezar Nix was the editor.
Mac Rome also wrote the fourth issue of Giantess Fan’s “Amazon Hotel,” all of “Bigger Than This,” and “Evita’s Big Night.” Vincenzo Pietropaolo’s only credit at Shrink Fan is for Small Change; however, Vincenzo also drew “Teacher’s Pet” for Giantess Fan.
Focusing now on the comic itself, the easiest way to summarize Small Change is to note that it’s a size-themed take on the 2011 American sci-fi movie “In Time.” The unique element of In Time was the core idea that time (specifically a person’s remaining life span) was used as currency. If a person runs out of money then they literally die. Similarly, size is money in Small Change.
Small Change focuses on a pretty blonde named Penny who works in the accounting department of a financial institution called Wemilia Financial Services. Penny discovers evidence of insider theft occurring at the company and alerts her supervisor. Shortly afterward, Penny loses most of her size after the bulk of her financial accounts were hacked.
I enjoyed that this narrative included conflict, but would have preferred more mystery. There is literally only one named character that could be the culprit. So, this could have been made more engaging by introducing additional characters and making readers wonder who was responsible.
Penny’s boyfriend Warren, along with other tiny people, helps her deal with the hacker.
The story, like In Time’s story, will fall apart if you think about it for too long, but it’s amusing if you just roll with it. (NOTE: Demonstrating the need for suspension of disbelief, Penny reaches out to touch the spikes of a microbe, because she wonders how its spikes feel. What kind of rationale is that? Is this a habit? If so, how in the name of all that is holy did this woman survive if she often reached out to touch dangerous things? “How does that fire feel?” “How does that downed power line feel?” 🙄 )
Regarding the art, in general I enjoyed it. In one panel, a crowd of office workers featured employees possessing widely different heights. Additionally, an executive’s office is shown to have multiple-sized doors to accommodate people of various statures. Those were nice bits of world-building.
However, there were a few issues. For example, Penny was drawn without nipples on one occasion, shown here on left, toward the end of issue #2.
Additionally, there were several panels that had no backgrounds and were just rendered as solid colors. That is not altogether unique because many comic publishers, adult-oriented or otherwise, will save labor costs by occasionally omitting background details.
However, in this particular instance the characters were discussing how they are now “big money.” So, my assumption was that they were much bigger than normal people in the same way that rich people in our own world possess much more money than normal people. Thus, it would be beneficial if there were everyday objects drawn in those panels to compare them against.
One last note about the drawings is a rather intriguing scene which readers may consider to be nonsensical when they think about it for a second:
The shanty town pictured above is composed of sticks (I guess?) and newspapers. This setting is visually interesting, but leaves one wondering how were those sheets of paper printed? The blonde towering over everyone else is one micron, 0.000039370079 inches, tall. So, those newspapers are less than one thousandth of a millimeter in size. Furthermore, it was previously established that once a person reduces down to a certain size they are then classified as a “wipe-out” and presumably assumed to be dead.
Only people shrink in this universe. Clothes and other inanimate objects do not change their dimensions. There are also no indications that anyone is producing goods for tiny people. So again, where did those minuscule newspapers come from?
Those issues aside, there was lots of carnal action. That included a group sex scene portraying many partners of widely diverging sizes! Even after justice is served, the antagonist was allowed to partake in some pleasurable activities 🙂
Overall, I recommend this series. It’s a fun read and includes lots of shrinking and sex along with a bit of conflict. Fans can read it, and all other Shrink Fan comics, by paying for a membership here: https://www.shrinkfan.com/
That’s it for today folks. Next week’s first review will take a look at a Japanese adult film, which is probably unknown outside the country, featuring a seductive giantess. Until then, keep growing!
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