Books »The Playboy

Chester Brown's The Playboy, is, in my opinion, a slighter book than 1994's I Never Liked You (which I adore), though it seems to have resonated considerably with a number of male readers and is touted as a quiet masterpiece of the graphic novel format.

Through the straightforward confessions of his young obsession and subsequent guilt over masturbating to Playboys, Brown recalls the kind of humiliation and self loathing that comes with most people's adolescence and sexual discovery.

Brown is a Canadian artist who began self publishing before gaining a wider audience and proper publishing from Drawn and Quarterly.

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Posted on October 12, 2009

Books »Chuckling Whatsit

chuckling whatsit richard salaThe 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.

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Posted on April 6, 2009

Books »Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes A surreal labrynthine graphic novel–dark, paranoid, grotesque and mesmerizing. There is simply nothing else like it…

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Posted on November 28, 2005