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Hicksville by Dylan Horrocks
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Oct 06, 2010

really liked it
Read in October, 2010

A fine book that sometimes breaks through a rather prosaic plot into passages of remarkable lyricism and power. And good art too that melds very nicely with the storyline. I spent a very nice afternoon with it.

But- there is a but- I wish it had followed a plot that was not so much about comics with injokes and internal references (Horrocks even provides references at the end to explain them). Comics are an artform that can talk about anything, so they need to break free of their own little self regarding fan universe- it is like making movies that were all about movie directors and full of references to other movies- it starts to feel self conscious and limiting.

This stuff about struggling superhero artists getting ripped off is not of much interest to the wider world and wrecked the otherwise excellent Box Office Poison.


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