GRAPHIC NOVELS

I Want You

Drawn & Quarterly. Aug. 2020. 140p. ISBN 9781770463882. pap. $21.95. Rated: Mature. comics
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This collection of Hanawalt’s (Coyote Doggirl) Ignatz award–winning minicomic series highlights the development of her singular worldview and absurd sense of humor that eventually led to her becoming widely acclaimed as the creator of the animated TV series Tuca and Bertie and the production designer for Bojack Horseman. The author’s talent for subverting a mundane premise with bizarre details that are at once hilarious and disarmingly revealing of her own anxieties is displayed in listicles like “Worst Sandwiches,” which features a sandwich that can’t hold you close at night, and “Things We Are Sorry We Did Last Night,” which opens with a drunken hook-up and escalates into the vicious murder of every other person named Lisa Hanawalt. Gorgeously rendered, intricately detailed illustrations of anthropomorphic animals dancing, cuddling, and modeling strange hats abound, as do stories evoking a sense of worry and dread. In “One Day at Work,” an office drone discovers an insect orgy inside Hanawalt’s computer’s keyboard, while “How To Get a Haircut” climaxes with a stylist sharing an anecdote about seeing a man run over by a train.
VERDICT A brilliant collection from an audacious and boldly inventive cartoonist with a distinct and necessary perspective.

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