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The Bun Field
Characterised by an intriguing disjointed rhythm and delicious pencil-smudged style, 'The Bun Field' is defined by a surreal ebb-and-flow, possessing a deep sense of foreboding and hurt, yet maintaining a biting sense of humour.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Drawn & Quarterly
(first published May 15th 2007)
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okay you cant tell from here, but this lady has got THREE umlauts in her last name. thats just greedy. but the drawings are great, they are like a slightly less uncomfortable-making renee french. it feels like this is just a fragment of a larger story, and maybe there will be more, but if not, i can accept it as just a short dreamy tale. how kind of me, right? sheesh.
I don't normally read graphic novels, but after flipping through this book at the store, I knew I had to buy it. The panels consist of pencil sketches: rough, charming, and full of flaws, but each frame seemed to capture a lot of essence and detail. She uses smudges and occasionally erased drawings (where you can see the ghost of a figure right next to the final drawing) in a way that is really evocative. Her pencil strokes are varied and full of energy, some parts looking as if she woke up at 4 ...more
Moody and dream like. Stream-of-thought graphic novel that comes across like a rough draft rather than a developed idea. I can see that there is a lot of heart in this; however, it's like paying to watch the dress rehearsal of a musical without the band present.
***1/2 stars. Bears who drive cars, blob-like visitors who need feeding and mess with your scheduled TV viewing, inter-species dentistry, Lochness monsters, and that dreamlike sense of being so far from home that you'll never find your way back. In other words, childhood. Not quite up to the mastery of "Go Go Monster" or Ron Rege Jr's work, but a worthwhile read that'll leave a gauzy residue in yr memory.
Mar 22, 2010 Robert rated it 5 of 5 stars
I really love Amanda Vahamaki's smudgy drawings, and the dark, off-kilter magical-realism of The Bun Field sort of reminds me of Lynda Barry's work at its most surreal. So glad I got this jewel-like little book; it will reside right next to Drawn & Quarterly #5 on my bookshelf, which features another, even better story from Vahamaki inside.