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Abandoned Carsis Tim Lane"s first collection of graphic short stories, noirish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane"s characters exist on the margins of society'"alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective.

The writing is straightforward, the stories mainstream but told in a pulpy idiom with an existential edge, often in the first person, reminiscent of David Goodis"s or Jim Thompson"s prose, or of films like Pick-Up on South Streetor Out of the Past. Visually, Lane"s drawing is in a realistic mode, reminiscent of Charles Burns, that heightens the tension in stories that veer between naturalism on the one hand and the comical, nightmarish, and hallucinatory on the other. Here, American culture is a thrift store and the characters are thrift store junkies living among the clutter. It"s an America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters'"boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis. Abandoned Carsis an impressive debut of a major young American cartoonist.

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The acclaimed 2008 debut now in softcover'"noirish, existential short comics.

Synopsis:

America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters--boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis. An impressive debut of a major new talent

Synopsis:

Graphic shorts in a Jim Thompson vein. Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane's first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane's characters exist on the margins of society--alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective. Some of them are experiencing the aftermath of an existential car crash--those surreal moments after a car accident, when time slows down and you're trying to determine what just happened and how badly you're hurt. Others have gone off the deep end, or were never anywhere but the deep end. Some are ridiculous, others dignified in their efforts to struggle to make sense of, and cope with, the absurdities, outrages, ghosts, and poisons in their lives.

About the Author

Tim Lane lives in St. Louis, MO.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560979180
Author:
Lane, Tim
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
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Publication Date:
August 2008
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , The acclaimed 2008 debut now in softcover'"noirish, existential short comics.
"Synopsis" by , America depicted as a subdued and haunted Coney Island, made up of lost characters--boozing, brawling, haplessly shooting themselves in the face, and hopping freight trains in search of Elvis. An impressive debut of a major new talent
"Synopsis" by , Graphic shorts in a Jim Thompson vein. Abandoned Cars is Tim Lane's first collection of graphic short stories, noir-ish narratives that are united by their exploration of the great American mythological drama by way of the desperate and haunted characters that populate its pages. Lane's characters exist on the margins of society--alienated, floating in the void between hope and despair, confused but introspective. Some of them are experiencing the aftermath of an existential car crash--those surreal moments after a car accident, when time slows down and you're trying to determine what just happened and how badly you're hurt. Others have gone off the deep end, or were never anywhere but the deep end. Some are ridiculous, others dignified in their efforts to struggle to make sense of, and cope with, the absurdities, outrages, ghosts, and poisons in their lives.
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