The Chuckling Whatsit is one of those books that I revisit regularly because it's just so fun to read. Published by the leaders in bringing inventive comics to the masses, Fantagraphics, in the late '90s, the book features the signature genre blending (part horror, part noir, part goth, part melodrama, and part comedy) of artist and author Richard Sala – who you may already be familiar if you happen to recall the spectacular Invisible Hands from Liquid Television.
The plot jumps from mystery to mystery, bizarre and engimatic character to bizarre and enigmatic character at whiplash speed and leaves you a little dizzy at first, wondering just what's going on with all these secret societies, dead outsider artists, murderers and babalicious spies. Just go with it and you'll find yourself satisfied at the end of the last page in no time.
Sala's latest project is a re-imagining of Snow White called Delphine.