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)