GRAPHIC NOVELS

Philip K. Dick

Mauro Marchesi (illus.). NBM. (Comics Biographies). Jan. 2019. 144p. bibliog. ISBN 9781681121918. $24.99. Rated: T+. BIOG
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Legendary sf author Philip K. Dick (1928–82) is acclaimed for novels and stories probing the boundaries of reality, mental illness, and the meeting point of mysticism and technology—all themes present in much of his real, day-to-day life. As a young man, Dick dreamt of success as an author of mainstream literary fiction. Churning out sf helped pay the bills, eventually leading to enough success and demand for his work that he developed a dependency on amphetamines in order to keep up the pace and meet his deadlines. The wilder details of Dick's life are all fairly well known, as at this point there are probably more books about him than he managed to author—his obsession with the I Ching, the strange visions and epiphanies about the true nature of the universe, his obsessive paranoia. But this first-ever, full-length graphic novel biography is impressively propulsive, skipping smoothly across the years.
VERDICT While some interesting aspects of Dick's life—in particular, his turn to Christianity

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