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Reading All The Comics
I have read a number of comic books this month. Here things that stick out:
- Beanworld by Larry Marder is an intriguing and jokey metaphor for natural systems. Marder has created the equivalent of a superhero action comic, with bean-based characters that are sufficiently interesting to take you through their lives and the kind of feedback loops that cause them trouble.
- Frank by Jim Woodring is a flight of beautiful colours and twisted events in a fantasy world inhabited by the oddly lovable Frank.
- Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte is a autobiography and fantasy fusion with sexy crazed anxiety.
- Robert Crumb's 'Big Yum Yum' book contains the most luscious rampaging woman I have encountered. When I say 'contains', I mean the book only just contains her.
I have been thinking about the beast in the Jean Cocteau version of La Belle
et la bete. There is so much of interest with the beast: his rules for not
looking into his eyes, the laced collar framing his face, the smoke that
comes out of his cuffs when he does something magical and the fat jewels
that glimmer on his cloak. That and his house with human arms coming out of
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