Folly: The Consequences of Indiscretion

Folly: The Consequences of Indiscretion

by Hans Rickheit

A collection of The Squirrel Machine cartoonist's self-published comics.See more details below


A collection of The Squirrel Machine cartoonist's self-published comics.

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Publishers Weekly
The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit’s graphic novel is a deranged cabinet of curiosities, full of biomechanical tanks, writhing organic matter, amorphous monsters birthing adorable kittens, men and women in animal masks, and countless tubes, gas masks, sex toys, and pseudo-Victorian apocalyptic landscapes. It would all be too oppressive if Rickheit’s sense of humor weren’t so addictive. In one particularly hilarious vignette, an apelike prince named Jeffrey terrorizes his servants and executes his subjects in graphic detail. Rickheit undermines all of this horrible detail in the last frame with the hilariously blasé caption, “Isn’t it obvious?” This juxtaposition of dry humor undercuts the richly drawn horror of Folly, simultaneously adding to its strangeness and making it bearable for a casual read. Though the book contains less of a continuous narrative than his 2009 graphic novel, The Squirrel Machine, each vignette builds on the last by cycling through a small cast of characters and through Rickheit’s illustrations of his grotesque Victorian world. The result is a narrative mosaic that pairs sumptuous, horrific imagery against a strange but lighthearted sense of humor. (Apr.)
Garrett Martin - Paste
“Between the heavy cross hatching and almost wood­-carved appearance of Rickheit’s art and his fixation on the degraded physical form, Folly often looks like a Jan Svankmajer film or Tool video adapted by Geof Darrow or Jim Woodring.... Folly is a gorgeous but uncomfortable collection best enjoyed a few pages at a time.”
Noel Murray - The A.V. Club
“Folly... serve[s] as a good introduction to Rickheit’s beautifully ugly visions, of a world where cute girls and humanoid stuffed animals commit atrocities against oozing flesh. ...Rickheit excels in making nightmares lucid.... The single­-mindedness of Rickheit’s approach — and the level of detail he applies to it — is impressively horrifying.”
Invisible Mike - HTMLGIANT
“This is a world of pure imagination, of subconscious desires let loose with an acutely detailed drawing style. And ultimately, it’s a perfect work for those who refuse to float away from their bodies but are ready to let their heads go wher­ever one can find the new.”
Jonathan Rigby - Page 45
“I mean this in the nicest possible way but self­-confessed obscurist Hans Rickheit is clearly not all there in the head.... Definitely the type of read to make you wary of opening doors. . . as Hans frequently surprises his characters, and us readers, by taking you somewhere you’d never expect, nor probably want to go to.”
“Applying draftsmanship resembling Rick Geary’s in the Treasury of Victorian Murder series to a plot often as confounding as the dream transcriptions of Rick Veitch’s Rare Bit Fiends, Rickheit tells the late nineteenth-century story of brothers Edmund and William Torpor, aging recluses in the denouement framing a long central flashback to their boyhood and adolescence.... Very dreamlike, rather Hieronymus Boschian, only wryly Freudian—a disquieting, disgusting, entrancing reading experience.”
Boston Herald
“Rickheit’s artwork is stunning, from the beautifully disgusting instruments to the ornate architecture. It’s like steampunk crossed with the animal-appropriating art of Damien Hirst or Ebony Andrews, with complicated machines adorned with the heads and torsos of unfortunate livestock.”

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Fantagraphics Books
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7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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