Hotwire Comics Vol. 2


Amazing! Incredible! Dangerous! The cartoon anthology that puts the kicks back in comics strikes again.

Climb on board the Hotwire</> express for another electrifying joyride—from the sublime to the ridiculous—and all parts in between.

Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
includes some of the strongest narrative comics around. Tim Lane's epic autobiographical strip, "Spirit," ...
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Amazing! Incredible! Dangerous! The cartoon anthology that puts the kicks back in comics strikes again.

Climb on board the Hotwire</> express for another electrifying joyride—from the sublime to the ridiculous—and all parts in between.

Hotwire Comics Vol. 2
includes some of the strongest narrative comics around. Tim Lane's epic autobiographical strip, "Spirit," portrays the grittiness, desperation, and terror that accompanied him as he went on the bum, riding the rails. "Niacin," by Mary Fleener is the sordid but hilarious story of a hallucinatory date with a drug dealer. Mack White brilliantly deconstructs the western myth of the OK Corral gunfight in "Showdown at Hustler's Ridge." Glenn Head's "Oozing Dread!" tells the Twilight Zone-ish tale of Wilhelm Reich, madcap genius-inventor of the orgone box. "Communicable Disease" by Carol Swain shows the descent of a young Scottish lass into impoverished hell. Dutch artist Tobias Tak delivers a fantastical retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with his comic, "The Ten Inch Giant."

If you want comic art that knocks your socks off, you'll find plenty, from the likes of David Sandlin, Jonathon Rosen, Stephane Blanquet, Craig Yoe, Christian Northeast, and Mike Wartella. There are also hot new strips by David Lasky, Rick Altergott, Lauren Weinstein, Matti Hagelberg, Danny Hellman, Bob Sikoryak, Michael Kupperman, Chadwick Whitehead, and others.

Hotwire delivers in the humor department as well. There are laugh-a-minute gag pages by Ivan Brunetti, Johnny Ryan, Doug Allen, Gary Lieb and Sam Henderson. Plus talented Hotwire newcomers Lorna Miller and Karl Wills delight inshowing just how cute and cuddly childhood really is.

All this and an absolute killer cover by Tim Lane...hardboiled doesn't get much tougher than this!
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Eschewing the more quotidian pursuits of such contemporary comics anthologies as Kramer's Ergotand Mome, Hotwireis as subtle as a poke in the eye, of which there are several. With an aesthetic reminiscent of Blab!and the lowbrow art movement, it's a brutal journey into a world of low-class grifters, fatal car crashes and neighbors who suggest inappropriate sex acts. Disturbing sexual imagery is pervasive, as in editor Head's "Oozing Dread!" a perfervid story with Wilhelm Reich and his "orgone machines" at the center. While the ongoing mood is frantic, doomed squalor, the talent assembled is impressive and the cartooning vigor gives the subject matter some humanity. R. Sikoryak supplies a retelling of Dorian Gray in a spot-on pastiche of Winsor McCay; Carol Swain imagines a plague of books; and Mary Fleener vividly recalls a bad trip on angel dust with cubist-inspired imagery. Tim Lane presents a number of short tales that manage to infuse the gloom with a bit of narrative heft in a few pages. Although Sin Cityis profanely parodied in Hotwire, readers who enjoyed that tale's melodramatic violence will find much more of the same here. (Feb.)

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AGERANGE: Ages 17 to adult.

This anthology features over 20 contemporary artists; contributors include Johnny Ryan, Mary Fleener, Glenn Head, Christian Northeast, Onsmith and Tim Lane. Some of the stories in this entertaining oversized (9” x 12”) paperback are silly; some are offensive; some are just plain weird. None is for kids. We have William Reich, discoverer of orgone energy; a woman tripping on “Electric Ladyland”; a robot chicken; a coma dream about The Clash; sex, sex and sex; a flock of books falling from the sky; and the riveting tale of the Plainville Downtown Business Association’s bake sale (my favorite). The contributors to Hotwire Comics, Vol. 2 all have their own styles, but I glimpsed shades of luminaries such as Robert Crumb, Charles Burns, Roger Langridge and Daniel Clowes in the full-color art. The storytelling runs the gamut from the fantastic to quasi-memoir, magic realism and gibberish. Contains vulgarity, nudity, violence, depictions of drug use and full pages of eye-popping psychedelic art; recommended for adult graphic novel collections featuring alternative, underground and contemporary comics. Do not shelve this anywhere near the Young Adult section. Reviewer: George Galuschak
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560978916
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Head lives in New York, NY.
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