December 30, 2006
Having been reading graphic novels a couple of years, I have learned one thing: that if a book is published by either Drawn & Quarterly or Fantagraphics, the quality will be great for both the subject matter and printing. Kim Deitch's Shadowland on Fantagraphics only reinforced that rule for me.
This collection follows a carnival family, in particular Al Ledicker, Jr., whose constantly-worn clown makeup is eerily similar to serial murderer John Wayne Gacy (Deitch owns up to this subconscious nod in the preface). This is a collection I would have enjoyed reading in comic book form, waiting for each serial to be released. There is something for everyone here: sex, a midget, aliens, even murder, all tied up into a well-told storyline that never is predictable.
My next book is World War Z, by Max Brooks.
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52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
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52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)