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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560979232
  • ASIN: B004JZWO0Q
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rory Hayes was born in 1949 and died of a drug overdose in 1983.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mylz on December 6, 2009
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Are you tired of all of those perfectly drawn comics? Looking for something with a homemade stench? Rotten and ready, maybe? "Where Demented Wented" creeps and oozes, panics and bleeds, attacks and avenges. It is a world without justice, a world without spell-check, and a world enmeshed in atrocities. Despite pages plagued with perversity and horror, rays of comic relief often manage to shine through: "Deep within the Targlo Woods, in the Claroon regions of upper Zargola there lies a small village, almost hidden from the sight of any curious eyeballs that might care to gaze upon it..." and "Listen! Outside in the howling wind, dost I hear footsteps?" "GORKLE FORKLE MORKLE!" Roll out your best pus-encrusted red carpet for a host of new friends and fiends: Granny Crackbaggy, Mazor Storn, Pooh Rass, Sagorth Mogoz, Norg and Morg, Dr. Cline, and uh-oh, noooooooooo...not the Purple Money Digger!!! Embrace the fun hell that awaits you. Collect your golden WTF moments here, in "Where Demented Wented".

(Printed in the front, as a sort of introduction to Hayes' world is the same essay/article that was published in Comic Art #2: "The Black-Eyed Boodle Will Knife Ya Tonight!" by Edwin "Savage Pencil" Pouncey. In the back is a mini-memoir written about Rory Hayes by his brother, Geoffrey and a short interview with Rory at the San Francisco Comic Book Company, where he was once employed.)

WARNING: There is a 20-page chunk in the middle of the book featuring a gaggle of sex-crazed maniacs in the S. Clay Wilson vein. While it adds to the overall madness and devil-may-care content, it may offend anyone who takes sex seriously.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Free Free on October 11, 2008
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I already have some of Rory Hayes' comics in the UG's where they first appeared, but it's great to get this much dementia in one package. I wish they had re-printed all of BOGEYMAN #1, but that's a small complaint. You feel more like you are reading the work of an insane person here, than with the more professional-looking work of S. Clay Wilson or Crumb, who may be weird, but are clearly putting you on. Weird, funny and disturbing. I looked through this in a bookstore and then ordered a copy from Amazon. Well worth having.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clayton Hollifield on June 2, 2010
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This is a very disturbing book. It's fascinating, but Rory Hayes' artwork looks like what madness must feel like. I'd only read a couple of pages at a time of his work, but when you read an entire book of his work, it's overwhelming. I know that all sounds like a warning, but it's also a very good book. The bio essay, the one by Rory's brother, and the not-very-deep interview offer peeks into his life that are apparently very hard to come by. Completely recommended if you want to read some appallingly unrefined underground comix.
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