Saturday, February 04, 2006

One Hundred Demons

It's been a long while since I've read a Lynda Barry comic. I think she was my introduction to more alternative material with some Marlys strip or another. I can't believe I just got around to reading One Hundred Demons, considering how much attention its gotten and how much I admire the artist. But it finally happened and, of course, I loved it. I'm used to her style and storytelling, but with this collection, it seemed like Barry was really drawing some really interesting, honest conclusions about the human condition. Not that Barry's previous works were superfluous or anything - it just seemed like she went to the next level here and really delved deep within herself, asking pertinent questions. One of my favorite things about the collection were the pages that introduce each chapter of the book. They're done in a sort of scrap book/collage type style that was just really fun to look at. I spent minutes at a time just pouring over the pages at the fine detail and love that went into these. This is just a wonderful, honest book and a lot of fun to lose yourself in.

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