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by Eamon Espey
Eamon Espey's darkly funny Wormdye, counted among the twenty best books of the decade by the Comics Journal, illustrates the fever-pitched anxiety of modern life. From the River Styx to the Vatican to the Mitchell Corn Palace, follow twin brothers Marco and Tommy as they venture through the human struggle.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Secret Acres
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So maybe I shouldn't be surprised that someone with such a bizarro-psychedelic-Aztec visual style, a visual style perhaps most comparable to the densely-patterned outsider symbologies of Adolf Wölfli, would not be especially well-suited to narrative. The couple non-narative, pure-visual sections in the middle of this are great, and two-part final story "The Blood is the Cow" has its (icky, squeamish) moments.
i'm usually into crude, perverse humor, but some of this just didn't take for me. and yet, when it did take, how it took! The Blood of the Cow parts 1 and 2 is sublime grotesquerie, so phenomenally weird--upsetting, nauseating, hilarious.
Eamon Espey was born in Boston, MA in 1977. In 2002 he moved to New York to attain a Bachelors Degree in Cartooning from the School of Visual Arts. Around that time he began self-publishing the comic series Wormdye and co-founded Mount Olympus Society. His work can be seen in Critical Citadel, Free Radicals, and The Spitting Anorexic. Today, Eamon lives and works in Baltimore, MD.More about Eamon Espey...