Looking through the illustrations of this comic graphic novel I felts as if I had fallen through a time warped black hole. Repeated readings revealed the author had juxtaposed different time sequences within the story frames. Using a constant setting of a traditional 1940’s living room dominated by a couch and a fireplace, different images from various time periods are inserted within this venue or bordered outside the scene. Time transforms from the prehistoric to the middle ages and leaps into the 20th and 21st century. Comic innovator Richard McGuire, contributor to the New Yorker, originally created this comic strip for Raw magazine some twenty five years ago. Over a period of time the theme was expanded into the present book where memories and impressions swirl through a time machine. This comic strip innovator has translated his impressions into graphic surrealism that challenges the viewer to sample this miasma of time. For those familiar with this comic fantasia, the handsome colorful illustrations on glossy paper will be appealing. For those new to this concept, it may appear off-putting and disconcerting, but perhaps for those new to this genre, closer scrutiny leading to familiarity will reduce the initial dissonance.
|Page Count||304 pages|
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