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The Heavy Handby Chris Cilla
Chris Cilla's Heavy Hand is a surrealistic story that borders on the mystical. The inane banalities of everyday life are counterposed by shocking breaks with reality that are perceived by the characters as just slightly out of place. The desert motif and mythical qualities of the storyline can't help but to bring to mind the writings of Carlos Castaneda. The style is wonderfully balanced between the classic alternative graphic-novel culture of the late '60s and '70s, and yet it's evocative of the early mid-century comic artisans, while retaining something that is uniquely Cilla's own. Outstanding and challenging in equal parts without the danger of falling into postmodernist, self-aggrandizing schlock. Outstanding!
Synopses & Reviews
Take an inky road trip with a liar (Alvin Crabshack) into the generally ignored world of mask-wearing freaks and monsters both dead and alive. Folk tales are made up by regular schmucks in party houses, caves, and vans. Are you concerned about the eggs? Alvin has a story for whoever he meets, including you. Cult cartoonist Chris Cilla (The Diplomat) gets the "graphic novel" treatment, heads have been waiting.
"Chris Cilla is a serious artist who happens to draw funny, and his work has a comic intensity that is most appealing. It's an all-around great effort." Gerald Jablonski
"This book is a ridiculously potent distillation of Cilla's singular comic book worldview: strange, dark, thick, big-nosed, slightly nightmarish and totally immersive — this is PURE COMICS, the real deal." Zak Sally
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