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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (April 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560979135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560979135
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,583,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simmons's eerily bizarre sophomore graphic novel about a teen-aged girl who lives on a farm represents the first installment of an extremely ambitious life-spanning project: Simmons plans to create a singe page per month for the next 50 years. The mammoth story begins simply enough when the titular character wakes up on Christmas morning. She proceeds to talk to her monkey friend, shower with a miniature lounge band performing in her soap dish and get abducted by a foul-mouthed vagrant living under the stairs. And then things get weird: menacing monsters float through the hallways and, more startling, her monkey is savagely knifed to death. Despite a mounting number of mysteries, there's only a hint of a plot line, and the story unfolds as a series of weird encounters. The grainy black and white illustrations lend an additional layer of atmospheric disquiet to the stark narrative that includes full nudity, bloody violence and at least one image of grotesque infant mutilation. Despite the fragmented nature of the tale, the unique story is captivating because it is odd in the fullest sense of the word: there's no sign of the ordinary, usual and expected. (May)
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Josh Simmons currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, although he tends to move a lot.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Flowers on November 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Jessica Farm is a very unique and entertaining book. It reads like a lucid dream from the moment the title character, Jessica, awakens on Christmas morning. We get to see many bizarre and disturbing things, though none are more disturbing than the fear and dread Jessica feels of her father, a shadowy figure who's only visible feature are white Mickey Mouse like gloves.

Readers should note that Jessica Farm does have some adult language and nudity, both male and female, but it should be manageable by anyone living in the 21st century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Lees on November 23, 2008
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The first installment of Simmons's proclaimed "life's work", "Jessica Farm" is a surreal journey into the life of an extraordinary young girl. With her talking toys, labyrinthine house and hidden worlds, there will no doubt be comparisons drawn with "Alice in Wonderland", but this is a much darker, adult tale.

Beautifully rendered in Simmons's obsessive etching, it is a narrative that throws us into a childhood dominated by a menacing father figure, making us wonder whether Jessica's adventures are actually the product of psychological dissociation. The comic is never a light, easy experience, but is definitely rewarding.

To the detractors who will say this is a rambling, incoherent mess - the book does demand work on the reader's part to dissect what happens between the lines and panels. I have recently read Simmons's ideas for a self-contained "Jessica Farm" film and, believe me, this story is headed towards a very satisfying resolution.
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It's tough to look past the gimmick. Josh Simmons, whose crisp art contrasts wildly with his insane stories, is drawing one page a month of this story. If you've ever tried to pick up a story or diary or song one month after starting it, you know how hard it is to reconnect the synapses. Given that Simmons's approach relies on eerie, disconnected events, it mostly works. The images stick with you. Jessica, who's not given a ton of characterization, quickly becomes someone you want to see survive. Will you keep checking in 12 times a year until 2048? Maybe not.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evzenie Reitmayerova on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
we have to wait 40 years before this epic is finished?
it is what the author says.
what is the point of buying the volume one that is only a tiny part and leads nowhere?
dont make the same mistake!
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Kaye on July 18, 2008
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I got a publisher's preview copy of this from work. Josh Simmons drew 1 page every month for 8 years and will continue to do so as he creates other volumes. The problem with this is that he seems to have lost all concepts of what the story would be. This graphic novel make absolutely NO sense! It is full of characters who are there for one or two pages and never properly introduced. It is full of violence, sex and nudity that has NOTHING to do with the story. I have yet to figure out who the heck Jessica is and whether these things are happening in her imagination or in her real life. Maybe in 42 years when the whole series is finished it will make sense, but I seriously doubt it. All I know is that in 2016 I will NOT be reading volume 2.
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