Friday, February 04, 2005

Friday Review - Things You'll Want To Read - No Joke

Mike read WE3 #3 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely:
"I was completely sold on this miniseries from the very beginning. This final installment wraps up this household-pets-turned-secret-lethal-government-experiments storyline, as the three escaped animals meet up with their creators who have been sent to take them down before they reach the city and kill everybody. Morrison is able to garner sympathy for these animals who, by this point, have torn through innumerable amounts of soldiers, civilians, and drill-headed rats. Frank Quitely's pages are full of believable action and inventive layouts. All of which make for a completely succinct and fascinating story, unlike anything I've read before."

Rachel read Fears of Your Life by Michael Bernard Loggins:
"Originally published as zines, this 2 part listing of the author's fears is now a beautifully put together little hardcover. You may have heard an excerpt read on This American Life, but reading the book (the text in the author's handwriting)is more of a meditation on fear.

Some of his fears are vague ('San Franciso fears'), some are extremely specific ('fear of tall giraffe'), some are meta-fears about how he may not come up with another fear or how he may inspire fear in others (there are pages of how it upsets him when people don't want to sit next to him on the bus), but most of his fears are universal ones that we all have. I, too, fear that my television might explode if I turn it on. Sometimes you just get that fear."

Lauren read Epileptic by David B.:
"Epileptic is a memoir about David's brother who has been plagued by epileptic seizures his entire life. David's parents try many treatments for the seizures, from macrobiotic diets to surgery.

As a child, David becomes interested in samurai and draws epic battles which make up the first half of the book. As he ages he comes to understand that he sees his life as a battle; one to save his brother as well as keep himself from getting sick. I enjoyed the way that this book is written from the mind of a child. Occasionally the narrative will be 'interrupted' by a grown David. We see conversations between him and his mother that take place while he writes the book.

I found myself lingering over panels forever and going back to them later. What I enjoyed the most were David B.'s illustrations of his ghosts which are his imaginary friends as well as parts of his personality.

Epileptic is an amazing piece of art, one that I highly recommend."

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