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April 25, 2010

14 Down, 38 To Go "Bodyworld" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

I first reviewed Shaw's Bodyworld when he shared his Book Notes music playlist for the webcomic:

"BodyWorld is a serialized graphic novel by Dash Shaw, one of my favorite cartoonists, and its fast-moving storyline and Shaw's attention to detail set it apart from other webcomics and make it a regular Tuesday read as new installments are posted."

The webcomic in book form is just as impressive (though it lacks the online version's innovative right-scrolling feature) and beautifully produced, arguably the most visually striking book I have seen published this year. Shaw is one of comics brightest young talents, and Bodyworld's surreal dystopian storyline is both fascinating and enveloping. This book should attract comics fans who also enjoyed David Mazzucchelli's Asterios Polyp.

My next book is How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The History of the Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop: The Machine Speaks, by Dave Tompkins.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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