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Hotwire Comics #3 Paperback – February 2, 2010


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Editor Head’s third helping of outrageously in-your-face comics ranges the continuum from the proudly offensive and willfully stupid to the genuinely artful. On the transgressive end are Doug Allen’s account of hillbillies enrolling in college—they wind up roasting their instructor on a spit—and “Sleepwalker,” by Mats!? sic, which disturbingly depicts a truly dissolute nocturnal rambler’s activities. On the arty end, Finnish cartoonist Matti Hagelberg’s primitive, woodcut-style narrative is more intellectually than viscerally challenging. Between those extremes are more conventional but still off-kilter narratives from such talents as Rick Altergott (Doofus), in which a sinister circus clown seduces an overprotective father’s daughter, and R. Sikoryak, retelling Hamlet à la Hank Ketcham, starring Dennis the Menace. Head himself contributes two standouts, one portraying adorable, heavily medicated animals doing time at a mental clinic; the other, Weimar-era artist Hans Bellmer and his pubescent female dolls. Rounding out the selection are a handful of full-page illustrations by such figures from the lowbrow art movement as David Sandlin, David Paleo, and Stephane Blanquet. --Gordon Flagg

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“Runs the gamut from the fantastic to quasi-memoir, magic realism, and gibberish…vulgarity, nudity, violence, depictions of drug use and full pages of eye-popping psychedelic art.” (Kliatt)

“If for no other reason, this anthology should be lauded for giving folks like Mary Fleener and Mack White the opportunity to showcase their work... [and] the stellar work by folks like Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak, Onsmith, Johnny Ryan, Tim Lane and Mats!? make this well worth your time.” (Chris Mautner - Robot 6)

“Editor Head’s third helping of outrageously in-your-face comics ranges the continuum from the proudly offensive and willfully stupid to the genuinely artful.” (Gordon Flagg - Booklist)

“Totally kicks ass… mind bending, terrifying cartoon thrills.” (Craig Yoe - Arf Forum)

“Ferocious, hilarious tales from the marginal underworld....always compelling reading for kids who grew up on stuff like Zap, Weirdo and Raw comics.” (psychoPEDIA)

Hotwire is an anarchic blitz of inspired absurdity... It preserves the spirit of such earlier underground comic anthologies as Zap and RAW... as entertaining as comics get. It also might provoke a thought or three.” (Garrett Martin - Boston Herald)

“The best argument that the underground tradition is still alive is Hotwire Comics… Hotwire Comics is a visual assault, abrasive, confrontational, willing to poke and prod the audience: a real live wire that can shock. Everything a good underground comic book should be.” (Jeet Heer - Comics Comics)

“The third volume of this comics anthology is a whirl-a-gig of vivid color, giddy fun, black angst, and hauntingly disturbing images... The volume brings together carefully crafted stories with eye-searing artwork, packed with scatological humor, violence, and disquieting sexual acts... Hotwire Comics #3 is not for the faint of heart, but those who love underground comics or want an introduction to that world as it stands today, will embrace the volume.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A boon for fans of a certain kind of energetic, restless, profane comic book making—for the rest of us it's an exquisitely curated, controlled visit to that particular comics world.” (Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter)

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