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100% by Paul Pope
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To refer to Paul Pope as the rockstar of comic book artists is something of an understatement since he actually is a DJ and multimedia artist on the side, lives in NY, collaborates with fashion houses, and dates burlesque dancers. I’m not ashamed, even at my age, to admit I wish I was Paul Pope. His style is a wonderful combination of European and Japanese influences—equal parts manga, Moebius and punk brush splatter. Pope has managed to create a unique marriage of ligne claire refinement and manga energy and intensity in his work. In 100%, he has also managed another neat trick: disguising (enhancing really) a very contemporary and hip romance comic with the trappings of wholly believable science fiction. 100% is visually arresting, narratively engrossing and features detailed depictions of realistic yet quirky characters and their more-than relate-ably challenging love lives. 100% also contains a breathtakingly plausible futuristic spin on strip clubs—Cyberpunk to the bone.
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