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Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane
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Nov 25, 2008

really liked it
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Read in November, 2008

A self-proclaimed "Great American Mythological Drama" collection of stories, "Abandoned Cars' could be described as Robert Johnson blues in graphic novel form, except littered with working class Midwestern folks just trying to stay afloat in the wild seas of life. The art is reminiscent of Charles Burns, but the resemblance ends there as the stories are more along the lines of an Edward Hopper painting, or the road-obsessed literature of John Steinbeck and Jack Kerouac. While the stories resemble other hermetic first person narratives of the alternative comic genre, they are refreshingly free of irony. Because the characters are not the overexposed disillusioned of privilege, the struggles feel much more genuine and cut deep.

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