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The Complete Lockpick Pornography


"For the first time in one volume, The complete Lockpick pornography collects ... Lockpick pornography and its thematic sequel, We all got it coming"--P. [4] of cover.
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"For the first time in one volume, The complete Lockpick pornography collects ... Lockpick pornography and its thematic sequel, We all got it coming"--P. [4] of cover.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Comeau (A Softer World) has a well-deserved reputation for cheerfully deranged work, borne out by this pair of thematically linked stories. "Lockpick Pornography" is superficially about the adventures of gender anarchists determined to undermine heteronormativity and the gender binary one baffled victim at a time. It's held together by the brash, introspective narration of the unnamed protagonist, a gay man frustrated by his inability to find women attractive. Driven by his desperate yearning to be "part of something queer and strong and worthwhile," he drags his drag-wearing friends into an increasingly strange series of illegal exploits. "We All Got It Coming" could star the same man in an alternate universe where he succumbed to societal expectations, settling into monogamy and boring but steady work. When a coworker assaults him for being gay, he starts looking for a new job, depressed by the seeming incompatibility of income and honesty. Darker and sadder, the second story is the stick to the first one's carrot: what we all got coming is crushing mundanity, unless we pick the lock on society's jailhouse door and "gain access to the room beyond." Queers of all stripes will enjoy this grimy, affectionate, endlessly questioning paean to unclassifiability and defiance. (May)
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"Comeau has an unparalleled knack for finding the sweet sadness and rare humour in common pain, in the painfully commonplace." —Quill & Quire (April 2012)

"Gleefully and constructively subversive…Comeau is contributing a vital, welcome voice to a dialogue integral to our society." —

"The Complete Lockpick Pornography is an engaging, occasionally moving, and consistently well-written item—both for fans already familiar with Comeau's A Softer World comics and those encountering him for the first time." —Colin Brush, Broken Pencil

"A smart, hip, highly readable author" —Alex Good, Toronto Star

"Lockpick Pornography isn’t the first book that features queer characters, nor the first book to be angry or challenging. Yet Lockpick does feel new. There’s a balance between love and violence, accusation and compassion, that tugs at the heartstrings and keeps the book in your thoughts. It’s easy to see the characters’ flaws—it’s their virtues which come out more slowly. That makes it all the more rewarding when you finish the book, and realize that everyone was worthy of your empathy and interest." —Michelle Grifka, The Airspace

"The best parts of Toronto-based writer Joey Comeau's stories in The Complete Lockpick Pornography are his surprising yet compassionate endings." —The Coast

"Queers of all stripes will enjoy this grimy, affectionate, endlessly questioning paean to unclassifiability and defiance." —Publisher's Weekly

"In a lot of ways I see Lockpick as a sister text to Nelly Arcan's amazing Exit." —August C. Bourre,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770410695
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joey Comeau is the author of "One Bloody Thing After Another," "Overqualified," and" It's Too Late to Say I'm Sorry," as well as the popular web comic "A Softer World." He lives in Toronto.
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