BodyWorld 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.

About Dash Shaw

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Dash Shaw was born in Los Angeles in 1983 and lives in Brooklyn, NY. His books include Bottomless Bully Button and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.
Published April 13, 2010 by Pantheon. 384 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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“This book is for ‘ideal readers’ only!!!” declares the copyright page of Dash Shaw’s new graphic novel, “BodyWorld.” He’s kidding, of course (the same page goes on to request, “Please read in bed naked”), but it’s a clever way to point out that this isn’t a particularly straightforward piece of ...

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Austin Chronicle

Altogether, BodyWorld is a twisted masterpiece of storytelling built from stunning visuals and panel-manipulation, rendered with much care by the young artist whose first full-length graphic novel, Bottomless Belly Button (from Fantagraphics), was a black-and-white foreshadowing of what he's capa...

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Campus Circle

Set in 2060 after a second Civil War, the story follows a hallucinogenic drug researcher who uses himself as a guinea pig.

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