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Kabuki, Vol. 7 by David W. Mack
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Jun 05, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: graphic-novels, reviewed
Read in June, 2011

The artwork is fantastic as always. Mack uses a variety of styles including stick figures, realistic portraits, abstracts, collages, connect-the-dots, graphing paper, origami, traditional comic book style, photography and children's book. Unfortunately, there isn't really a plot. The characters all just sit around discussing new age philosophy and agreeing with each other. His characters also rant about how the government is suppressing free energy machines and how comic books are a superior medium to television. He includes more nonsense from the movie What the Bleep Do We Know, specifically the claim that writing positive words on a glass of water makes the water better.

Mack has once again forgotten that Kabuki originally took place in the future and instead sets this story firmly in the present. He includes some commonsense self-help advise specifically directed at writers and artists. In fact, most of the characters in this volume are artists and they all share Mack's personal life philosophy. As if basing all of the characters on himself wasn't enough, Mack also makes himself a character. He explains to Kabuki the creative process he went through when he created her. Kabuki then has a dream in which she realizes that she's a comic book character. She writes her life story down and has Mack turn it into a comic book. Mack also includes an autobiographical comic-within-a-comic. I wanted to like this volume, but it was just far too self-referential and self-indulgent.

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