Sublife #1

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A variety of stories told in a range of styles and voices, all demonstrating a singular vision. Issue one features the first self-contained chapter of "221 Sycamore St." as well as "Deep Space," a semi-comical sci-fi odyssey.Two white supremacist brothers live in the midst of an “ethnic” urban flood along with a dog they’ve trained as a weapon. A household made up of three renters, a landlord who never leaves her attic bedroom, and her son, who insists on wearing a sheet over his head all the time. A pack of ...
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Overview

A variety of stories told in a range of styles and voices, all demonstrating a singular vision. Issue one features the first self-contained chapter of "221 Sycamore St." as well as "Deep Space," a semi-comical sci-fi odyssey.Two white supremacist brothers live in the midst of an “ethnic” urban flood along with a dog they’ve trained as a weapon. A household made up of three renters, a landlord who never leaves her attic bedroom, and her son, who insists on wearing a sheet over his head all the time. A pack of ravenous stray dogs chase a cat down a desolate alleyway. The lonely, grimy silhouette of Los Angeles, ever-present. All these separate threads weave through the first part of "221 Sycamore St.", an ongoing story about the desperate need for family in two distinct households that share an indelible yet mysterious connection.Sublife is the engaging new series from emerging talent John Pham (Epoxy, MOME). Similar in format to other great one-man anthology comics before it (Eightball, ACME Novelty Library, Jim), Sublife presents a variety of stories told in a range of styles and voices, all demonstrating a singular vision. Issue one features the first self-contained chapter of "221 Sycamore St." as well as "Deep Space," a semi-comical sci-fi journey into "psychopathia infinitus."John Pham won the Xeric Grant in 2000 and has been featured in publications such as Giant Robot, The Face, MOME and The Comics Journal.
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Editorial Reviews

We Love You So
“Deftly juggling the melancholy of Adrian Tomine’s Optic Nerve with some Cormac McCarthy-inspired apocalyptic action and plenty of skillfully subdued deadpan humor, Pham proves himself a master of multifarious emotions and artist stylings.”
Raina Lee - Lunch
“Sublife weaves a tighter, more focused narrative with intelligently ornate Chris Ware inspired design...”
Win Wiacek - Comics Review UK
“You too will wonder how you ever got on without this creator on your “must-read” list.”
Jared Gardner - The Comics Journal
“In some ways — in many ways actually — the first two volumes of Sublife evoke memories of the early volumes of ACME Novelty Library. And that could be a very good thing.”
Benjamin Birdie - Comic Book Resources
“Pham has created his own language of storytelling in this book; one that is subtle, surreal, and moving.”
Lunch
Sublife weaves a tighter, more focused narrative with intelligently ornate Chris Ware inspired design...”— Raina Lee
Comics Review UK
“You too will wonder how you ever got on without this creator on your “must-read” list.”— Win Wiacek
The Comics Journal
“In some ways — in many ways actually — the first two volumes of Sublife evoke memories of the early volumes of ACME Novelty Library. And that could be a very good thing.”— Jared Gardner
Comic Book Resources
“Pham has created his own language of storytelling in this book; one that is subtle, surreal, and moving.”— Benjamin Birdie
Lunch - Raina Lee
“Sublife weaves a tighter, more focused narrative with intelligently ornate Chris Ware inspired design...”
Comics Review UK - Win Wiacek
“You too will wonder how you ever got on without this creator on your “must-read” list.”
The Comics Journal - Jared Gardner
“In some ways — in many ways actually — the first two volumes of Sublife evoke memories of the early volumes of ACME Novelty Library. And that could be a very good thing.”
Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie
“Pham has created his own language of storytelling in this book; one that is subtle, surreal, and moving.”
Publishers Weekly

Pham made his name in the art comics community with his minicomics and self-published work, but this first volume of a projected twice-annual series is a leap in both style and scope. Most of it is devoted to "221 Sycamore St.," a set of linked vignettes about the dysfunctional residents of a shared house and the community that surrounds them, including a bitter old Catholic school teacher, a boy who wears a sheet over his entire upper body, some cokehead club kids and a pair of white supremacists with an attack dog. The tone and design of Sublife owe a lot to Chris Ware-a pair of one-page strips about lonely, bored astronauts could be Acme Novelty Library outtakes-and a lot of its dramatic tension similarly comes from Pham's attempts to present miserable or loathsome characters sympathetically. The two-tone artwork, though, is a striking, distinctive combination of broad, minimalist cartooning (a closeup of an odor-sensitive deli employee's face is drawn with six stylized lines and two dots), painstakingly detailed textures, bold open spaces and vivid abstractions. Pham's also a superb storyteller who lets his drawings carry symbolic elements as well as psychological details-the book's bravura opening sequence, about a stray cat trying to find safety, silently anticipates everything that follows. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560979463
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Pham lives in Los Angeles, CA. He won the Xeric Grant in 2000 and has been featured in publications such as Giant Robot, The Face, MOME and The Comics Journal.
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