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Fox Bunny Funny Paperback – July 10, 2007
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This is hardcore, down-and-dirty, mess-with-your-head weirdness.
And we can all thank Hartzell he took the effort to make it for us.
Andy's a talented guy; there's no escaping that. His earlier works, from the "Edna" series to his weighty "Monday," demonstrated his talent in both storytelling and pure art. His capability to lambaste the reader with emotion, using only line drawings, is remarkable.
And, like "Monday," "FBF" deals with weighty subjects...and doesn't use words.
Okay, for most writers, this would be a brutal undertaking-- punishment of the worst sort. "You want me to deal with WHAT? Without using any WORDS???"
But Hartzell can not only do it, he does it with a stark simplicity that probably conducts fear, horror, hatred, joy, and happiness better than prose can do...or has done.
FBF deals with The Other in a society; the easiest analogies are right there in front of you, barely hidden by the symbolism...but I think there are deeper, more universal feelings there, too. Can a character with a different agenda from those in a shared society, a character with an affinity for the taboo, subliminate its own needs for the sake of fitting in? And how far does that carry? And what else is there?
Hartzell goes at these questions with an ink pen that could be a metaphorical sledgehammer.
Let him hit you in the forehead. It's worth it.
This is a short silent allegorical graphic novel that deals with the subject of being different, feeling different, and not fitting in with your family or peer group. You were born with a gender but since your childhood felt that you are the opposite gender. You were born with a specific sexual orientation that is not "straight". You were born within a religious group that you struggle to fit in. You were born within a family of high-end professionals who wanted you to be like them, but you feel that you are a different sort of person. The examples could multiply to the infinite. Fox Bunny Funny depicts all of them masterly. In a way, this is a modern Aesop-sort-of fable, the lack of moral about who you are might be the moral of the story.
I love the cute drawing, which goes from the merely cute children cartoon style, to the not so childish childlike gory, to the trippy and almost psychedelic images at the end of the book. I love the overall humour of the author, and the imagination displayed in the conception of the world of rabbits, the world of foxes, and the mixed world. I found very inventive the shot guns that the foxes use, the church of the rabbits, the somewhat "depraved" and "subverted" mixed world at the end. There are many graphic elements that I considered inventive and humorous, and put a smile on my face.
The book is silent. However, the action and the expressiveness of the characters speak loudly. Being able to speaking to everybody without words is just something difficult to achieve. On the other hand, there is much more to silent books than the specific explicit message drawn by the author.Read more ›