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How Loathsome Hardcover – April, 2004
From Publishers Weekly
An androgynous figure, wearing nothing but black PVC pants, dominates this books cover. Its an appropriate introduction to a story that explores gender experimentation. At an s&m party, Catherine meets Chloe, a "tall and immaculate" transvestite. The narration is entertainingly self-loathing, as when Catherine tells readers, "I wondered how to put her at ease, how not to come off as the person I was." With Chloe, Catherine sees herself as part of a pair of "outcast aliens... beautiful monsters." The four stories in this book explore various aspects of San Franciscos queer, transgendered subculture as the characters drift in and out of a world of drugs and broken romances. The spare, angular style of Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) makes the characters look inhumanly glamorous, capturing the cast as the freaks they not only think themselves to be, but pride themselves on being. But Cranes sympathetic script puts this defiance in the context of the universal search for love and self-acceptance. Deep black and sepia pages alternate with gray-toned fairy horror stories, flashbacks and dream sequences to provide insight into a world of fetishes and addictions, appearance and identity. Like the best stories, these put readers inside the head of someone they might otherwise never know.
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Naifeh and Crane's realistic graphic novel attests that San Francisco remains home to the most cutting-edge lifestyles. All four chapters star a lesbian in SF's "genderfuck" community of those of deliberately confused sexual identity. In the first, cartoonist Catherine Gore is infatuated with Chloe, an all-but-complete male-to-female transsexual who, alas, just doesn't go for girls. The second is a typical episode in Catherine's friendship with heroine-addicted rent-boy Alex; the inclusion of one of Catherine's comics stories suggests her and Alex's closeness. The third chapter pairs a drug- and sex-drenched week in the life of Catherine's sometime-dealer friend Nick, and one of hers, with a male-female Goth couple who think they want a threesome. Finally, Catherine, Alex, and Nick go to see Chloe's return to the stage of Dragshack (subplot: Alex hits on a boy-band member who turns out to be--quelle horreur--a girl). The writing is pitch-perfect in its combination of callow dissent and lost-soul sentimentality, and the black, white, and tan artwork is stylish in a David Bowie-ish way. Ray Olson
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have transgendered friends,are transgender,or are simply a wonderful libertine, you muse read this book.
An objective and kind vision into the SF underground;
no punches are pulled- this is intelligently clear storytelling with Ted Naifeh's gorgeous illustrations.
Keep in mind that one, the book is over before you know it, two, it is an illustrated novel, and three, for an aging deathrocker like meself, you will most likely be consumed with sweet nostalgia for your glory years.
The artwork is stark and strong. It's angular and harsh, like the people in it. It varies a lot - black and white plus tan, B&W with grays, and a strong mix of computer work with pen and ink. In fact, I'd use this book to straighten out some dumb art student who wants to jump all the way into electronic images: it's not either/or, it's about expression. Have a picture with something to say, then combine the tools to say it.
It's hard, raw, and ugly in places. It's just really well done. I'm looking for more by this art team.