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Against Pain

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Short stories from the radiant "cute-brut" world of a truly remarkable artist

Against Pain is the first collection of multipage anthology pieces by Ron Regé, Jr. The storytelling side of his expressive work is featured in these comic strips gathered from McSweeney's, The New York Times, Kramers Ergot, NON, Rosetta, Arthur, The Comics Journal, and Drawn & Quarterly's ant
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Anthony Vacca
Apr 22, 2016 Anthony Vacca rated it liked it
A collection of short pieces featuring a kooky, eccentric art style and an encompassing theme of self-actualization and positivity. But the line in the sand for me with Rege's work is that I am neither infatuated with New Age sensibilities nor a dirty hippy. Well-meaning stoners or people with threadbare self-esteems will probably adore this hodgepodge of holistic healing through cartoons.
Sep 16, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Brilliant and profound, the first 1/4 . . . innovative comics, that are doing things not quite like anything. However, sadly, some of the pieces in the last 1/4 seem like just filler.

Rege attacks his subject matter with an almost autistic focus at times. He often chooses to tell extremely simple stories. My favorite in this collection is the pretty straight forward story of a girl who is about to become a suicide bomber but then has a change of heart at the last moment. There is not a lot of twi
Jun 30, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
Ron Rege is one of my very favorite underground comic artists...i even had the sweet surprise of meeting him when he came through town with the Kramer's Ergot tour. This is a beautiful oversize book, a retrospective of sorts of Rege's work from the past 15 years, much of it initally self-published or in compliations. His style is deceptively simple and super-complex at once, beautifully laid out in loosely drawn geometric patterns...analagous to Fort Thunder, and buddies with them, but a differe ...more
Chris Worth
Sep 26, 2010 Chris Worth rated it it was amazing
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Excellent. I can see why people criticize him for being emotionally terse, or not having the patience to follow through on an idea, but I think they're missing the point. Most of the actual stories we tell don't have superior narrative arcs either. Like any artist's collection, this one benefits from seeing how the art and content have developed over time. There is an overarching storyline, but it's biographical, and implicit (even when he's writing autobiographically). It lurks in the backgroun ...more
Jul 18, 2014 Malcolm rated it did not like it
Zack! Empire
Oct 28, 2014 Zack! Empire rated it really liked it
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i love the way Ron draws! i think he is one of few comic artist who can say he has a style all his own. this book is a wonderful showcase of all the things he does right on the comics page!

my only critizism with the work is that sometimes his passion for strange panel layouts can be a bit confusing. it's a real break from the reading experence when you have to stop reading to look at the panel numbers to make sure you're going in the right order.
Aug 06, 2012 Maddy rated it it was amazing
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Strange and wonderful and the exact thing that I needed to read. Some of the smaller panelled stories were harder to keep interest in, but the larger full colour comics more than make up for it. My favourite is a several page exploration of physical versus emotional pain - raw but also beautiful, like all of Regé's work.
May 20, 2009 Dylan rated it really liked it
Ron Rege is touching on some very important areas of the human psyche. He creates a world blessed the psychedelic heart, the power of love and the presence of ghosts.
Bob Lopez
by and large pretty okay until, right in the middle, a great, interesting comic about a suicide bomber which was easily the best of the bunch.
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Oct 03, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
got this at SD comicon, so excited!
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Ron Regé Jr. began drawing and self publishing comics in the early 1990’s in Cambridge MA. His first book Skibber Bee~Bye was published by Highwater Books in 2000. His most recent book Against Pain collects short works from 1986-2006 and was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2008. His comics and drawings have appeared in hundreds of zines and comics anthologies. Illustration clients have inclu ...more
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