Buffalo Speedway News & Reviews
Buffalo Speedway #3 – Admittedly, we picked up the first Buffalo Speedway book at Meltdown Comics on a whim because Geoffrey’s from Buffalo, New York and we thought a graphic novel series about a pizza delivery boy sounded like fun. Though the characters are actually from Texas, this series by Yehudi Mercado “delivers” the goods (Mmm… pizza puns). Charming characters, snappy dialogue and a fun story involving the busiest day ever in pizza delivery history — the day of O.J. Simpson’s Bronco chase — the final volume was satisfying to the last bite. (Mmm… additional pizza puns.)
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Yehudi Mercado the illustrator and writer of Buffalo Speedway was kind enough to give yours truly a one-on-one interview. We talk about how his screenplay became a graphic novel, and who he sees as a perfect actor for the lead role.
Mercado continues his humorous chronicle into one day of the Turbo Pizza delivery drivers. On June 17th, 1994, the Rockets battle the Knicks in the NBA Finals, America hosts the World Cup, and O.J. Simpson leads the LAPD on a slow speed chase, combining to spawn a near perfect storm of pizza delivery as all 3 million people in Houston stay home to watch the events unfold on TV. Following the bizarre happenings of the initial volume, things get even stranger as sex, violence, explosions, and jail enter into the mix. Amidst all the chaos, oddity, and laughs, Mercado delivers a surprisingly realistic portrait of the relationships between the drivers. (I know. In the 80s, I spent a Houston summer as a pizza delivery driver.
Mercado does a great job bouncing between bits of Pizza Boy wisdom (exemplified in “Roller Balls Tips”… sprinkled throughout the book), character development, and a fast paced tale of blue collar glory. The characters in Buffalo Speedway are archetypal but not generic, and Mercado’s fast and cartoony art style invites the reader to fill the characters up, so they feel very familiar, even when they’re doing unusual things.
Writer/Artist Yehudi Mercado brings to the world a three volume graphic novel that will leave readers speechless. The character centric narrative along with the premise is both refreshing and engrossing. Simply put, Buffalo Speedway is a ton of fun.