The Wild Kingdom by Kevin Huizenga

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The new master of Comics Experimentalism returns with his Everyman, Glenn Ganges

Standing out among his contemporaries, Kevin Huizenga’s subtle mastery of themediumhas earned himcountless accolades and awards. His comics are at once straightforward and experimental, serious and funny. His character is the suburban everyman Glenn Ganges, a modern-day Dagwood Bumstead,who tackles and stumbles with such heady topics as mysticism and science.

In TheWild Kingdom,Glenn Ganges blindly interacts with the nature of his suburban neighborhood: dead houseplants, a recipe for graysquirrel brain, and pigeons eating discarded french fries in the parking lot of a fast-food joint. Huizenga juxtaposes Glenn’s ignorance of his surroundings with television commercials highlighting society’s needs for cure-all pharmaceuticals and “hot new things” like teeth whiteners. Starting off wordless, The Wild Kingdom grows more complex page by page, ending with encyclopedic entries, biographical excerpts, anthropologic flowcharts, and a cataclysmic encounter of nature and technology.

About Kevin Huizenga

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Kevin Huizenga was born in 1977 in Harvey, IL and spent most of his childhood in South Holland, IL, near Chicago. He attended college in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to St. Louis in 2000 where he lives and works. He began drawing comics in high school, xeroxing his first issue (with friends) at the neighborhood Jewel Osco in 1993. Since that time he's made approximately 30 more. In 2001 the Comics Journal named him "Minimalism Cartoonist of the Year" and called #14 of his "Supermonster" mini-comic series "one of the best comics of any kind released in 2001." His most recent book Gloriana was published in 2012 by Drawn & Quarterly. DAN ZETTWOCH was born in Louisville, Kentucky-the birthplace of Muhammad Ali and the cheeseburger-in 1977. He studied mathematics and illustration at Washington University. His most recent book Birdseye Bristoe was published in 2012 by Drawn & Quarterly.
Published August 31, 2010 by Drawn and Quarterly. 108 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This brilliantly conceived pocket book casually expresses a crystalline analysis of our own imprecise and muddled thinking. Formatted like a textbook from an alternate world where comics are the stand

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The book's "commercial" sequences echo with the quasi-religious recurring phrase "I was saved from my own life," a slogan that points to the paradox at the heart of "man versus nature"—a perceived alienation from the natural world from which man springs;

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Designed to resemble a middle-school biology textbook, The Wild Kingdom is Kevin Huizenga's meditation on humankind's relationship with the natural world.

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