Curses (Or Else)
"One of the brightest, most interesting new comix authors to appear in the last five years." -Time.com
Delving into mythology, belief, and spirituality,Kevin Huizenga's short stories are based on the lives of familiar characters confronting the textures of mortality in unique and sometimes peculiar ways. Huizenga fuses the most banal aspects of modern culture with its m...more
Kevin Huizenga's Curses is, for me, no exception to this rule.
While some of the stories are great and perfect examples of viable ways to use the comic medium ...more
Yeah, it's that bad.
It's a shame, too, because this comic had potential. The first story examined the theme of personal demons who manifest themselves as hallucinations, following around two hapless characters. I have my own negative thoughts that hound me, so I found this a very creative way of illustrating this idea.
Then I turn the page....
and there's an entire comic devoted to the very subject that haunts me. Just what I need, right? (I'm really getting tired of being blindsided by this s ...more
There's a neatness and simplicity to it.
I REALLY enjoyed the Glenn Ganges story included in The Best American Comics 2009 (on gaming after work at a .com). This collection isn't quite as strong to me as that story. There isn't the humor. Some of the selections feel like essays in comic form (very text reliant). This is more thought-provoking than the gaming selection.
I especially liked the illustrated text of adoption documentation. I sense that mu ...more
The Victorian ghost story is an adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu's story "Green Tea" about a vicar haunted by a monkey who tells him to kill himself. The story is agonisingly played out with Le Fanu's words telling us about the vicar and his grief, his meet ...more
Curses is a collection of nine stories featuring Huizenga's perpetual protagonist, Glenn Ganges. In "Green Tea" Glenn recounts his preoccupation with the idea of visions, as they related to his study of theology and art during his third year in college. As he became increasingly obsessed with his research, Glenn experienced a vision of his own in the form of a dog with a human hand in its mouth. Later, Glenn stumbles across an eighteenth-century correspond ...more
Curses is a short stories collection all of them had a central character Glenn, some of the stories I liked and others I didn't but overall I wanted this book to be over I felt bored even if some of the stories were good I didn't see the point of them especially cause I felt like they were written as if they had a deeper meaning or something you know how comic book dudes can be anyway, I loved the art.
Curses started out gr ...more
I think that, were Glenn Ganges a real person (and I believe that he is, at least partially, Kevin Huizenga himself), that he and I would get along famously. Ganges seems to take an approach to the world very similar to my own, and we have things in common I never expected to find I had in common with, shall we say, an artist's rendition. Thus, I will freely admit to bias in my review of Curses, Huizenga's first book of Glenn Ganges stories. (A s ...more
One of the reviews of this I read was hating on the theology story in this collection. That was really one of my favorite stories. I really liked that it provided both Glenn's (as the atheist) and the pastor's perspective, becau ...more
I liked this more than another collection of stories based on the titular character, titled Ganges.
This book is an excellent example of why the comic/graphic novel format is finding its place among literature as a serious and powerful artform.
He began drawing comics in high school, xeroxing his first issue (with friends) at the neighborhood Jewel Osco in 1993. Since that time he's made approximately 30 more. In 2001 the Co ...more