Posts Tagged ‘Secret Acres’

The Comforts of Terror: Curio Cabinet

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 12:01 AM

All images ©2010 John Brodowski

A shorthand way of describing this comic is that it’s very metal. “Metal” in the very best junior-high school sense of the word, where a world of fantasies and possibilities have arisen that have a certain jagged edge to them, representative of the teenager’s simple view of the world as either awesome or deserving of scorn and/or revenge. It’s metal in the occasional id-born brutality of those fantasies. It’s metal in its sweep, and in its and unapologetic and unironic embrace of the epic, the over-the-top and the operatic. The genius of this book is the way that Brodkowski employs restraint in his narrative and patience in his pacing. He doesn’t bother to spell out what’s happening in these fantasy narratives, forcing the reader to simply accept what’s on the page and roll with it. This is not to say that his storytelling is unclear; indeed, the deliberate nature of that pacing makes his stories quite easy to follow in terms of structure. Each story has its own internal logic, no matter how screwy it may be. His control over his line is so exact yet expressive that one never questions what one is looking at, but rather why it’s happening.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 6

Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Previously: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Ken Dahl’s Monsters

Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, however unwittingly, created a sub-genre of autobiographical comics with Our Cancer Year in 1995, that of “affliction …