Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks

Hicksville is one of my favorite graphic novels. A biographer visits the remote New Zealand hometown of one of the most powerful men in the comics industry, where he finds that everyone hates the former resident.

It is really a comic for comic lovers, as the inhabitants of the town are all experts on the subject ("sheep-farmers and fishermen argue the relative merits of early newspaper comic strips, while in the local lending library obscure Mongolian minicomics share the shelves with a complete run of Action comics," as the cover copy says).

The drawing is a combination of cartoony (everyone has these strange square noses) and realistic, with lovely uses of black.

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