Cartoonist Reza Farazmand of Poorly Drawn Lines fame has a book that came out today, called Comics for a Strange World. Filled mainly with single-page stories consisting of four panels each, Farazmand's comics make fun of humankind's tendency towards pessimism, apathy, absurdism, gullibility, group-think, and envy. It's one of the funniest books I've read this year.
Here are a few sample pages:
Jenny Robins interviews Alex Norris… NORRIS: My comics have always largely been about exploring the link between joy and sadness, and finding humour in despair, so I think when I started this format the mix of heartbreak and silliness just sort of came naturally and I like to take it as far as I can. […]
Ed Piskor’s offering an annotated page-by-page look at the first part of X-Men: Grand Design, his epic retelling of how Marvel comics’ pantheon of heroes came to be. Catch up here. — Eds. Director’s commentary… This is one of the few strips that carries directly over from the previous page. One of the loose guidelines […]
The Forty Swords arrive at night and, under the cover of darkness, murder an entire village. Only two people survive the slaughter: the infant Elsbeth and her grief-stricken father, Dag, who slips into a ten year coma. He awakens to find that not only has his daughter grown up alone, she's thrived despite him.
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