by Dash Shaw


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From the astonishing imagination of Dash Shaw, visionary author of Bottomless Belly Button, comes a darkly fantastical graphic novel about a small town, a lowlife botanist, and a mysterious plant with strange powers.

It’s 2060, and a devastating civil war has left the country in shambles. Professor Paulie Panther–botanist, writer, and hopeless romantic–arrives in the experimental forest town of Boney Borough to research a strange plant growing behind the high school. As he conducts his research, he befriends some of the local residents: Miss Jem, the alluring science teacher; Billy Borg, Boney Borough’s star athlete; and Pearl Peach, the rebellious schoolgirl. Paulie soon discovers that the plant, when smoked, imparts telepathic powers. But when he shares this remarkable drug with his new friends, he finds that they’re not interested in mind-expansion. In fact, it appears that Paulie’s brash individualism might not be at all welcome in a town that prefers conformity to eccentricity.

Nominated for a 2009 Eisner Award and with a bold, innovative design, BodyWorld is a mind-blowing blend of science-fiction, classic high school drama, and futuristic what-if. It is at once funny and fearless–and sure to be the graphic novel event of the year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307378422
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 948,294
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

DASH SHAW grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. A prolific cartoonist and animator, he is the author of the 2008 graphic novel Bottomless Belly Button. He lives in Brooklyn.

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BodyWorld 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
BodyWorld is a pretty amazing achievement from Dash Shaw, one of the more interesting comics artists on the scene today. His narrative this time around has echoes of Philip K. Dick, featuring experiments with drugs, altered states, and a futuristic setting that has mild elements of science fiction, although (as with Dick's best works) the sci-fi angle is not a huge part of story. The physical design of BodyWorld is rewarding by itself, with a vertical orientation to the pages and fold-out character guides and a scenario map tucked inside the book cover. This unique layout makes the act of reading BodyWorld surprisingly fun, and the kooky, colorful story lives up to the standard set by the attractive packaging. Shaw has given us a complex but easily readable twister of a plot, sprinkled with an interesting array of characters with alliterative names (Jem Jewel, Paulie Panther, etc). Whatever else he may be doing, Shaw is creating challenging comics that are well worth the reader's time, and BodyWorld is sure to shake out as one of the most interesting books of 2010.
mdyewhea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pretty trippy graphic novel. A "professional" scientist who studies mind altering drugs of all kinds (chemical and organic) comes to a small town to discover some mind altering leaves. Disruption ensues in the personal affairs of the people in the town, and the ending is a mind bender. The drawings are great, and fit the story perfectly (more mind bending).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago