Unreal City

Unreal City

Book - 2017
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Unreal City contains five highly charged stories about relationships: "Echoes into Eternity," "Evelyn Dalton-Hoyt," "Emordana," "The Yellowknife Retrospective," and "Objet d'Art." The stories address gender, narcissism, marriage, subjectivity, objectification, and the thin line that divides love from hate. Bryant's characters sometimes feel like they are navigating their way through the darkness in an attempt to make sense of love, sex, art, and life. Existential and elliptical, the stories play beautifully against Bryant's precise and fully-realized artwork, which echoes such masters as Jaime Hernandez and Daniel Clowes. In Unreal City, characters cannot walk into a room without their world turning inside out. Readers will be similarly upended by the discovery of this major new talent.
Publisher: Seattle, Washington :, Fantagraphics Books,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9781606998809
Branch Call Number: GN FIC Bryan
Characteristics: 100 pages :,chiefly illustrations (some colour) ;,33 cm

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Elmo_Stonehands Mar 26, 2018

I would certainly agree with the other comments that this is a bleak, misogynistic book. The black and white art is quite well executed, but in a vein often under-appreciated by many contemporary readers.

Reminiscent of Ditko and Bagge, I enjoyed the art, but the content, however, simmers with (poorly) repressed sexuality and often overt physical and emotional violence. The characters seem very, very uncomfortable in their own skins and lives, and the stories don't address any of the underlying issues. They paint a bleak picture with no apparent effort to examine the causes of the pain and anomie of the characters. Cruelty and thoughtlessness abound. Not a pleasant read.

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mclarjh
Mar 26, 2018

Ordinary comic-book style drawings. Immature, misogynistic and pornographic stories.

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MattyG
Oct 07, 2017

Misogynistic and bleak.

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