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Monster Myths Paperback – October 24, 2012

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This debut graphic novel is completely in keeping with the astonishing levels of status quo quality from Com.x, and may even be their best output yet. This is the type of book one passes into the hands of a comic newbie wanting an adult, non-capes story to delve into and kickstart their four-color addiction. Mr Avanti, I look forward to your next project eagerly, as is everyone else who reads Monster Myths. --Richard Caldwell - The Lottery Party

A witty and biting satire that takes the premise of working class revolution and expands it into the realms of near Orwellian allegory. -- Andy Oliver - Broken Frontier

Monster Myths is one of those very unique sorts of comics that make me really happy I'm reading comics now. --Jason Sacks - Comics Bulletin

Monster Myths is one of those very unique sorts of comics that make me really happy I'm reading comics now. --Jason Sacks - Comics Bulletin

About the Author

John Lupo Avanti is a uniquely versatile illustrator who started work as an animator at the age of nineteen, and now currently works as a freelance illustrator in the realms of fine art, public mural production and tattooing.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Com.x (October 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098322384X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983223849
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,451,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 1, 2012
This is the refreshing tale of Alfredo, a petty crook trying to go straight but caught up in the drama of his neighborhood, Lower Scabo, which is populated by the sorts of people who get strangled by their blue collars and that Charles Bukowski loved to write about. Think of the "brawlers, bawlers and bastards" that Tom Waits sang of, but filter though modern inner city projects and low income fun. As if clean living weren't difficult enough, circumstances inspire Alfredo to kill two birds with one stone by getting the citizens of Scabo stuck in the middle of a culture war between a rowdy biker gang called the Cannibals and the Ambercrombie and Fitch wearing, hybrid driving, lawn manicuring residents of prim and perfect nearby Northview. It's shoeless drunks versus bible thumping Conservatives as this sign of the times story unfolds on the desolation trail to progress.

While created by Avanti, the story he and Westward have put together is the kind of thing that only presents itself every few years or so at the most. His introduction infers it to be allegorically autobiographical, but anyone grown up in the shallows of the Have-Nots can readily identify with the Golgotha tenement blues-plight his characters quip and smoke their ways through. And the very concept of not only using Art as a weapon, but also as a means for survival and escape, is a mighty powerful message that should be screamed from rooftops everywhere. The characters are each and every one effigies, archetypes for personalities that we all know, or we all like to think we know. The thread of urban redevelopment is all too real, with slums demolished over to be replaced with condos and coffee shoppes that the original inhabitants could never ever afford themselves. And for what?
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