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Maggots

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Brian Chippendale, a founding member of the Fort Thunder collective, as well as a celebrated poster artist and rock drummer, has spent the past seven years of his life filling page after page of his journals with cryptic, frenetic, shockingly dense comics. Currently at roughly 1500 pages, Chippendale's work flows seamlessly from fantasy to reality, until all boundaries are ...more
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Published by Highwater Books (first published November 1st 2007)
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Nate D
The striking cumulative effect of endless small boxes of utterly mundane action -- sitting, looking, eating, sleeping, sleeping with, walking, running, walking, walking -- against an insensible black void, gradually giving way to a kind of identification, investment, and sense of verisimilitude. Which only makes those moments that suddenly break into action or total surreality feel much more significant when they come. An obliterated and off-handed epic.
David Schaafsma
Chippendale first did Ninja and followed it up with this. If N' Oof come after. This was done in 1996 as part of work Chippendale was doing for the art and music collective he co-founded, For Thunder in Providence, RI. This work is 350 pages long, in small book fashion (4 x6 ?), all done on a Japanese catalogue he had to ink over and then scratch off (it looks to me like. . . ). It's the story of a little guy character, maybe in a world of maggots, who is also like a twenty something guy who goe ...more
M.
I don't know how much I "enjoyed" reading this, but I certainly "liked" it a lot. I read this sporadically over a period of I guess like 2 months, because it's format made it hard to "get into." That is not, of course, necessarily a fault, because it does a lot of stuff really well. It's totally disorienting, because from what I can tell Chippendale will randomly change the "order" that you read the panels, but I'm not sure that's important either, because there is no underlying narrative that i ...more
Kim
I wrote a review of this under-appreciated work at my blog. http://goodcomicsbykim.tumblr.com/pos...
Sara
Weird and hard to read. I guess that's kinda awesome in a way? I spent most of my time trying to figure out the panel order, then just when I thought I had it down he'd change it. Or at least I'd think he would. Something would happen to seem like it changed. It's mostly about a little guy who goes around pulling out eyeballs (including his own) and fucking things. Things like this I think you just either like or don't like on a gut-level and there's really no use arguing about it. This has insp ...more
Matt
Nov 04, 2007 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone up for a challenge
Shelves: graphic-novel
Surreal. Confusing. Sexy?
A crew of critters that travel through space via trap doors, eat peanut butter, fornicate, and battle an oppressive land lord. I think. The story is very confusing, and doesn't follow the usual left to right top to bottom format. It's a very challenging read. However there are very few books like it. I enjoyed it my first time through and I'm sure there will be new things I notice by reading it again. It reminded me of Henry Darger's work (look into it). In fact on of hi
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Carl
you don't really "read" this book as much as you simply meander along. as close to witnessing firsthand the disgusting miracle of childbirth as i'll ever get.
Mon
Finished it an hour ago, still not convinced that there's a plot. A lot of penises and intense OCD rendering, cute.
Terence
Nice little cute book of intensity we expect from Herr Chippendale
Bob Hartley
Nothing explained; what's the point in understanding?
Richard Van Camp
Hypnotic and dangerous, this book is GOLD!!
Keith
this meant so much to me when i first read it.
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