Brian Chippendale by
If 'n Oof (Picturebox Books)

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Brian Chippendale, drummer for the acclaimed and outrageously loud noise-rock duo Lightning Bolt and collaborator on Bjork's 2007 album, Volta, is an increasingly in-demand graphic novelist, one of those artists who draw because they're compelled to. This newest volume is a departure from his last work, Maggots, and from his first book, Ninja, which elicited the following assessment of the artist's style by's Douglas Wolk: "Chippendale's howling hyperspeed attack on every page with his pen is the kind of manifestation of pure style that has more to do with the contemporary visual art scene than with traditional comics and their ideals of clarity and representation." If and Oof are a Laurel and Hardy-esque duo who suffer a series of misadventures amidst Chippendale's frenetic landscapes on their simple quest to just survive, eat, pay rent and avoid confrontation. Comedy and horror ensue in this fast-paced trip through Chippendale's unconscious. The artist's most accessible work to date, If 'n Oof is replete with the frenzied line work and concise, witty dialogue for which he has become known. This first release of all new material since 2005 is a must for Lightning Bolt fans and graphic-novel aficionados, and proves more than approachable to those new to Chippendale's oeuvre.

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Published June 30, 2010 by PictureBox. 800 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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As if this were not challenging enough, you are to read the panel rows in a zigzag pattern, left to right and then right to left, down the first page and up the second except when “its [sic] tricky like page 4 gets weird,” as the author kindly notes.

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Creatures with flower faces, leering robot monsters, and a charming mouse-eared hero are all drawn in a splotchy, scribbly style that gives truth to a line that occurs early in this strange, rambling yet engrossing book: "Operation Dreamworld must be realized."

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But Shakey is the most important to me because it is as much about the field of humans and emotions around an artist as it is about Young, and this includes the author himself, who is conflicted and outraged as he tries to deal with Young on an aesthetic, intellectual, and moral (this last bit be...

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