Hotwire Comix and Capers

Hotwire Comix and Capers

by Glenn Head
     
 

2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Anthology; 2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Anthology: a new comics anthology from the editor of the legendary Snake Eyes, featuring such authors as Tony Millionaire, Johnny Ryan, Ivan Brunetti, Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak, Sam Henderson, and Danny Hellman.Hotwire Comix isn't supposed to be good for you. It won't lower…  See more details below

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2007 Eisner Award nominee: Best Anthology; 2007 Harvey Award nominee: Best Anthology: a new comics anthology from the editor of the legendary Snake Eyes, featuring such authors as Tony Millionaire, Johnny Ryan, Ivan Brunetti, Michael Kupperman, R. Sikoryak, Sam Henderson, and Danny Hellman.Hotwire Comix isn't supposed to be good for you. It won't lower your cholesterol, make you a better person, or prevent tooth decay. Hotwire Comix will not be reviewed in The New Yorker or the New York Times. Hotwire Comix is a full-throttle, kick-ass jolt to the nervous system, a return to the glory days of underground/alternative comics before we all started to drown in 200-page graphic novels in which the most exciting part is the moment when the perpetually depressed protagonist gets up, walks across the room, and makes himself a cup of tea.
Edited by New York cartoonist Glenn Head (who put together the classic 1990s trilogy of Snake Eyes anthologies), Hotwire Comix is a big, bold, beautiful poke to the old eyeballs featuring short, punchy, hilarious, all-around comics 'n' stories. Head himself, whose work looks like a demented cross between the Roberts Williams and Crumb, starts the dance with the epic "Switchblade Shenanigans!," in which nitrous oxide-addicted balloonheads indulge in dangerous knifeplay while they bungle a kidnapping.
Elsewhere, David Lasky relates "The Last Days of Joe Strummer"; Tony (Maakies) Millionaire contributes a "Little Nemo in Wonderland"-style dream story; plus new strips by Max (Death and Candy) Andersson, Tim Lane, Matt Madden, Mats!?, Brad Johnson, Danny Hellman, Angry Youth Comix' Johnny "Rolling Stone Cool Cartoonist of the Year" Ryan, Mack White, Judith McNicol, and a six-page fold-out by Craig (Modern Arf) Yoe. There's also an eye-popping color section, led off by Carol Swain's "Family Circus" (not a reference to the syndicated strip but a character study of two young girls visiting a circus), with new work by Ivan Brunetti, Al Columbia, Sam Henderson, Mike Wartella, and Doug Allen. R. Sikoryak wraps it up with a new installment of his letter-perfect parodies of classic literary works retold as cartoons with "Mephistofield" (the devil as a fat, lasagna-eating cat).

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Mautner - Newsarama
“A decisive firing across the bow of the indie comix scene... It’s a deliberate throwback to the heady days of the 1980 and early '90s, when anthologies like Snake Eyes (also edited by Head) and Zero Zero ruled the landscape. You can keep your sissy-ass Mome and your artsy-fartsy Kramer’s Ergot, fancy boy, Hotwire [is] here to RAWK!”
Publishers Weekly
When was the last time you were truly shocked by a comic? Take a look at this collection and you could be. Editor and bad boy cartoonist Head has created an anthology that seeks to recapture the spirit of the underground comics movement. The stories range from the outrageous-like Head's own lurid, over-packed, ultra-violent noir pastiche "Mindless Thrills!"-to the surreal, like Max Anderson's wordless tale "Car Boy." Other tales are subtly melancholy-"Family Circus" by Carol Swain-or the just plain strange-a retelling of the story of Faust in the style of Jim Davis (R. Sikoryak's "Mephistofield"). The only thread connecting the divergent styles of storytelling and art is the unlikelihood that any of these stories would be published by the mainstream comics industry. Although the story approaches vary so greatly that readers might be confused, this collection manages to capture the anarchic outsider spirit of good subversive cartooning. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560977285
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
04/19/2006
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Head is a cartoonist and editor living in New York City. His work is widely anthologized.

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