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Postcards by Jason Rodriguez
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May 19, 2008

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Read in July, 2007

The concept came about serendipitously — a guy dragged along antiquing with his girlfriend, whom he had taken to Hershey, Pa., for her birthday. Amid all the trinkets, Jason Rodriguez unearthed a shoebox full of old, used postcards.
The graphic-novel editor took these brief, often cryptic snapshots of the lives of regular folks and assembled a talented group of artists, including Harvey Pekar, to extrapolate on the postcards’ stories.
Before each short piece, the postcard is displayed with its original penmanship, containing fragments of sadness, hope, humor, intrigue and love.
A touch of voyeurism steeped in Americana, these stories play out like mini-noirs of everyday lives from a bygone era. The artwork sweeps a variety of styles, from traditional comic form to clean spartan lines, rich shading to impressionistic sketchwork.
Skip that trashy novel before going poolside — “Postcards” is the perfect light read without the empty calories.

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