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This is a re-read and a new review. The first read, two years ago, was ONE star, because I wasn’t impressed with it. Didn’t get it. Experimental comics. But I think it was Chris Ware who said Dash Shaw is the future of comics, and he might be right, but that is the struggle, to see the future, eh? To try and get the new and nto see it as just dumb, but insightful and new? Do I understand David Foster Walllace as well as I did Joyce? Did I understand Pynchon at first? (No.)
Dash Shaw tells of two
I read Dash Shaw to stretch my brain.
His aesthetic is pretty out there. Most of his illustrations are clumsy, thick-penned drawings, and occasionally he prints (screen-prints?) a color, or even a photograph, in the background.
His work is cerebral, and trippy, and makes me think. It’s occasionally hard to follow, often twisted, and generally self-pleasuring.
THIS book is about a pair of brothers living in a world where Theme Parks are A THING. One mogul has created a time-travel-themed park on a
–Can’t understand all the bad reviews for this one. Especially the ones mystified by the straightforward & entertaining story. Anyone who’s a fan of Dash Shaw’s “Bottomless Belly Button” or “Body World” should enjoy this.
–It’s partly set in a slightly alternate reality where people talk in stylized exclamations! They’re easily excitable!!!
–Avant garde theme parks. An idea whose time has come.
–The most unique color design I’ve ever seen in a graphic novel – layering paint and collage ov