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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Two Great New Books From Fantagraphics -- Last night I read two new books, SCRUBLANDS by Joe Daly and INNOCENCE AND SEDUCTION: THE ART OF DAN DECARLO by Bill Morrison, both published by Fantagraphics Books.

SCRUBLANDS is a wonderful book of highly readable and entertaining comics by an African cartoonist seeing print in North America for the first time. I found it impossible to put the book down; it's funny, surreal, and quite beautiful. Daly is on my permanent list of creators I always read based on the strength of this one book.

INNOCENCE AND SEDUCTION is an unspeakably well-produced artbook that showcases the full spectrum of DeCarlo's artistic power from the very beginning to the end of his career. It's also a deeply moving memorial and biography. More comics creators should be given this sort of respect.

I know I'll be re-reading both of these volumes again and again. Two very different books, but both essential to anyone interested in where comics has been (DeCarlo), and what is still possible to achieve in the medium (Daly).



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