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Things Are Meaning Lessby Al Burian
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Opening with a telling quote from punk band Black Flag ("Drink black coffee/drink black coffee/drink black coffee/and stare at the wall"), Things Are Meaning Less is a tough, funny, heartbreaking look at young, disillusioned American life. You might know Al from his zines Burn Collector and Natural Disasters or from the band Milemarker or his so-true-it-kicks-your-face-off column in Punk Planet. This however, is Al's collection of comics published in the late '90s by designer and fellow zinester Ian Lyman. From Portland to Providence, Al patrols his world with a dark, stoic humor. He's a Saul Bellow-ian everyman, up against the wall, suffering the blows, looking for love and loving the metal. Like Al's latest issue of Burn Collector, the comic-heavy #14, the drawing here is simple but it's the kind of simple that doesn't come with beginner's luck. The stuff here is the result of years of fighting and trouble-making, of mistakes made and a life scratched out among the sticks and stones. As says Al, "These are things drawn on napkins in airports, xeroxed illicitly during work." So goes the work and world of Al Burian.
A collection of comics, drawings and handwritten text, from Al Burian (Burn Collector, Milemarker) compiling the titles he published by Migraine in -. Covers Als musings over lifes intricacies and meaning plus the processes of growing up from his days in Portland, moving to Providence, and a walking tour of his hometown. The entire book is handwritten and illustrated.
A classic, illustrated installment of the life of Mr. Burian, famed zinester, writer, and rock musician. This is the collection of autobiographical comics he produced in 1997-1998, finally anthologized in this rather handsome edition. Love, life, and relationships of varying sorts, in all its twists and turns.
This brilliant new book by Al Burian is a collection of comics, drawings, and handwritten text that together create a poignant and cohesive narrative. Covering Al's days in Portland, moving to Providence, and a walking tour of his hometown, this book is replete with Al's musings over life's little intricacies and meaning, as well as the mental processes of growing up.
About the Author
Al Burian is the author of two collections of his zines: Burn Collector and Natural Disaster.
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