Heartbeasts

Heartbeasts

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by Rick Boven
     
 
Love is a many splendored thing. For its capture we will lie, cheat...and kill. In Rick Boven's new eComic collection HEARTBEASTS, we painfully visit all three. Comprised of three short cartoon stories containing both out of print stories as well as never before seen work, Boven doesn't shy away from the dark nature of this universal motivator. We begin with his first

Overview

Love is a many splendored thing. For its capture we will lie, cheat...and kill. In Rick Boven's new eComic collection HEARTBEASTS, we painfully visit all three. Comprised of three short cartoon stories containing both out of print stories as well as never before seen work, Boven doesn't shy away from the dark nature of this universal motivator. We begin with his first ever autobiographical comic 'Pruned,' that deals with the double edged nature of both religion and morality. At this time in the young artist's life he was dealing with a potent mixture of not only the suicide attempt of his high school sweetheart, but also the resulting abandonment he felt from his circle of 'friends.' Alone, he is forced to answer the question; are love and loyalty actions, or words? We flip the coin to read 'The Price is Wrong,' which is a snapshot of a young man named Jamie who is in the perfect relationship. His girlfriend, her parents, and his life is exactly as it should be. Unfortunately, it's this very completeness that leaves him feeling incomplete. On a nostalgic drive past the pier he can't get out of his mind, he makes a simple choice that will forever complicate his life. The collection winds down with the stirring tale 'Before It Snows,' and proves the axiom that pictures are truly worth a thousand words. In fact, as we follow an unnamed young boy through his less than ideal home life and troubles in the classroom, sparse dialogue lets the emotion of the panels take center stage. Just how far will this young boy go to find a place to belong? No farther than anyone else in this haunting new comic anthology.

These are the stories that Rick Boven cut his teeth on as he developed his now signature emotive and powerful method of storytelling. Combining autobiographical work and early experiments in fiction, he rips off the rose colored glasses that so often tint our view of love. By displaying the terrible and woeful things we do for love and acceptance, he subtly acknowledges it's true power in our lives. And if we are anything like the tragic cast of characters here, we may not have heart beats within our chests at all; but rather HEARTBEASTS.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012894861
Publisher:
Nan Bu Nan Publishing
Publication date:
06/20/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Rick Boven is an artist, actor and filmmaker. He was born in Petoskey, Michigan in 1983. As a director his work has seen rotation on television networks such as MTV and Fuse TV, as well as online media outlets such as Billboard.com, VH1.com and Blender Magazine Online. He has previously published a collection of semi-autobiographical cartoons entitled ‘Message on the Pavement,’ and coffee table memoir book ‘Do The Speak.’ He is currently assembling a new graphic novel/short film dual release entitled ‘Forgotten Detroit,’ with his film production company Hott Garbage. He currently resides in Chicago, where he rarely sleeps.

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Heartbeasts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
peacedanceCR More than 1 year ago
These are short, emotional stories. The black and white illustrations convey the story line clearly. I enjoyed being able to read this on my Kindle Fire. The only caveat is I have bad eyesight and there wasn't a way to enlarge a couple of the illustrations. That's the general problem I have with most printed manga/graphic novels. Other than that I really enjoyed these and look forward to several more titles like this that I have to review. It's nice that Kindle Fire can bring this kind of experience to an eReader. Keep it up!