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Carol Lay's Illiterature
     

Carol Lay's Illiterature

by Carol Lay
 

From the pages of Salon, Carol Lay’s Story Minute and Way Lay strips are collected in the first of a series of beautiful hardcover volumes.

From the Underground era to THE SIMPSONS comic book to her graphic novel THE BIG SKINNY, Carol Lay has been writing and drawing amazing stories for years. Her Story Minute strip, which gained a devoted following while

Overview

From the pages of Salon, Carol Lay’s Story Minute and Way Lay strips are collected in the first of a series of beautiful hardcover volumes.

From the Underground era to THE SIMPSONS comic book to her graphic novel THE BIG SKINNY, Carol Lay has been writing and drawing amazing stories for years. Her Story Minute strip, which gained a devoted following while appearing on Salon.com, is collected here for the first time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The page-length stories in this collection of Lay’s Story Minute newspaper strip provide readers with a window into her brilliant and original mind. In general, about Lay’s minute-long stories are 12-panel, modern-day fables that may or may not include elements of comedy, tragedy, realism, horror, science fiction, or dystopian fantasy. These stories, like the final line of a poem by Emily Dickinson, end on a note that threatens to leave the reader both disoriented and illuminated. Lay’s gift is in showing a profound understanding of basic human nature, not only about our frailties or petty jealousies, but about the deep structures of the human psyche. In the introduction, Kim Deitch warns readers not to read Illiterature from cover to cover, since the stories “overflow with ideas” and “if not taken in small doses...can be addictive.” This is sound advice for the prospective reader, since the pleasures of such an addiction will not come without the pains: the stories are too honest, too complex, and too full of insight to allow the reader to feel anything other than dizzy if he or she strings too many of them together. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608862825
Publisher:
BOOM! Studios
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Carol Lay is best known for her weekly comic strip Story Minute (later to evolve into the strip Way Lay) which ran for almost 20 years in such papers as LA Weekly, the NY Press and Salon. Her strips and illustrations have also appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Mad Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. She is the author of Mythos, a prose novel featuring Wonder Woman, published by DC and Pocket Books, GOODNIGHT, IRENE: THE COLLECTED STORIES OF IRENE VAN DE KAMP published by Last Gasp, and THE BIG SKINNY: HOW I CHANGED MY FATTITUDE, published by Random House.

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