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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Uptight #3 -- This comic book made me nuts. Go look at the info and ordering page at the Fantagraphics website. Look how goddamned beautiful that cover is. Jordan Crane is selling prints at his website. Gorgeous.

That cover illustrates the first part of a new story Crane is working on, "Vicissitude," and Holy Jesus it is one of the best stories I've read this year. I'm a tough sell when it comes to out-and-out fiction in comics, but the unbelievably compelling artwork totally drew me into this fantastic story.

Then it ends after just a few pages -- a satisfying start, to be sure -- and the rest of the issue (right to the back cover) is concerned with the characters from Crane's great graphic novel The Clouds Above.

But I don't want that, I want more "Vicissitude." And I apologize for being so unreasonable, but damn if that cover and those first few, tantalizing pages aren't like some new, more addictive form of crack cocaine you ingest through your eyeballs. By looking at this comic book.

God DAMN, I want more "Vicissitude."

Don't let another day go by without making sure you're getting Uptight #3.



Blogger Marc said...

I agree, but I'm not holding my breath. I've been waiting for Crane to finish Keeping Two for years.

11 July, 2009 22:22  
Blogger Frank Santoro said...

I felt kinda like the Clouds Above installment was just filler, chapters for a future GN, and felt a little gypped. I want it in COLOR! The first story is awesome tho, so, whatever.

13 July, 2009 09:36  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

"Filler," and "gypped," were two phrases I was trying hard not to use, Frank, but...exactly. :-)

13 July, 2009 09:38  
Blogger rick said...

I wasn't aware that last story had characters from Clouds Above. I guess I should get to reading that soon!

Great review!

13 July, 2009 21:44  

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