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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Alternative Comics (March 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891867679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891867675
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,577,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like Strip Search [BKL Mr 15 04], this is a showcase, prospectively the first of several, of new comics talent. Its four editors, already responsible for four issues of Hi-Horse Comics and a Web site, are some of the new talents on view, but with 17 other contributors, they hardly hog the pages. The contributions of all 21 show them working in frankly alternative-cartoonish styles. Editor Arey's three slice-o'-life comic sketches have an R. Crumb-ish look, Damien Jay would surprise no one if he copped to liking Peter (The Bradleys) Bagge, and coeditor Andrice Arp's cautionary "The Television" recalls Crumb's fellow sixties underground cartoonist, Kim Deitch. Influence-spotting is fun, but what's more important is that nearly all these artists essay storytelling and succeed at it more reliably than do Strip Search's often graphically flashier contributors. Most of the joke stories are funny; supernatural stories by Thien Pham and Jesse Reklaw ("Tired") and Zack Soto ("Day 34") are effectively atmospheric; coeditor Joan Reilly's memoir is gratifyingly textured; and so on. More please, from everyone involved. Ray Olson
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“More please, from everyone involved.” — Booklist

“A great collection from some very promising comic artists.” — De Kwok, Tablet Mag

“There wasn’t a stinker amongst the many stories here.” — Alex Ness, Popthought

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Modern alternative comics are simultaneously amusing and disturbing to people like me that grew up in the age of the strict comics code. Before the relaxation of the censorship rules, the content of comics was sanitized to the point of blandness. There could not be even the slightest of sexual innuendo or hints of any other "dirty" body function or brutal violence.
This collection of comics is generally for adults, although given what happens in movies, it is far tamer than what often passes for PG-13 entertainment. There is violence, strong sexual suggestion, anger and swearing, bathroom humor and even a hint of incest.
Although there have been many technological changes over the last fifty years, human behaviors largely have not. There was a great deal of violence fifty years ago; people did not speak of it outside their homes and it did not appear in the general entertainment. Therefore, the comics have changed to become more real, reality has not been altered all that much.
If you have a dark, macabre sense of humor, then these comics will appeal to you. There are no happy endings; in most cases the conclusions are as ambiguous as life, where things often just end. If you do not have such a sense of humor, then you will probably find the content boring or distasteful.
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By DBD on January 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
If for nothing else, to see young emergent artists come out of the chrysalis. Zettwoch is more than enough of a reason to own this.
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More About the Author

Lark Pien is the colorist of the National Book Award Finalist and Printz Award Winner American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. She received the Kim Yale Best New Talent Award in 2004, and Best Colorist Harvey Award in 2007.

Pien's handprinted minicomics include Mr. Boombha, Stories from the Ward, and the Long Tail Kitty series. Long Tail Kitty is her first hard cover comic book, published by Blue Apple Books, 2009. Mr. Elephanter is her first hard cover children's book, published by Candlewick Press, 2010.

Pien is a graduate of California Polytechnic University in 1995 with a bachelors degree in architecture. Though she had an interest in comics at an early age, Pien did not make her first comic until 1997. She continued to work in the architectural industry while drawing comics, allotting more time to her artistic interests each year. In 2006, Pien adopted art as her full time career and now enjoys her days (and nights) drawing illustrations, oil painting, and creating comics. More about Lark and her work can be found at www.larkpien.blogspot.com.

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