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  • By Anthony Irwin
    Feb 16, 2014
    It reminded me most of Raymond Pettibon's work - but while Pettibon is scrawled and rambling, Shaftons Place is neat and deliberate. Careful drawings introduce us to all the characters of small town life, one scummy person at a time. In single page comics each character gets a snippet of background, a hint of story, and a grotesque punchline that kept making me snort with laughter and choke on my doughnut. It's grimy, miserable, and reflects the combined worlds of tabloid headlines and playground gossip - where every adult hides a salacious and ghastly scandal. The use of single page comics was inspiring, and the noir-style colouring and drawing worked perfectly to create a bleak picture of life outside the big cities. The humour and content is wry, misanthropic, and... well... very very "adult". The whole thing works: I wasn't brought up in a small town, but it made me reminisce about the dark days of my own adolescence, when the adult world seemed grotesque and... More > hyper-sexualised, and friends would speculate endlessly about which adults were hiding some villainy; a few decades later we opened a newspaper and discovered they all were. It turned out that our lurid teenage dark-fantasy Shaftons-Place view of the world, was actually real. I'd pick up a sequel without question.< Less
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Product Details

September 26, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.28 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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