Forlorn Funnies #5
by Paul Hornschemeier
With this issue, Hornschemeier answers the question, "What do you do for an encore?" After his critical success of the past three issues (all still available here at the Copacetic Comics Co.) which were subsequently collected by Dark Horse as a TPB titled, Mother, Come Home, this issue is a bit of a departure -- but not too much. It is, purposively, a bit on the schizophrenic side. Structured as a flip book (i.e. two separate comics which start at each end and meet in the middle, forcing you to "flip" the book to read the second story, regardless of which you start with), the issue is composed of two distinct comics titled "My Love Is Dead" and "Long Live My Love." These two stories are clearly intended to each comment on the other, with the hope (forlorn?) that the whole will be greater than the some of its parts as a result. Thesis + Antithesis => Synthesis. Yes, it's a bit on the despondent side, but it offers up the ususal high production values that we've come to expect from Hornschemeier, and will certainly be appreciated by most if not all fans of his previous work. WIthout doubt, the work here is some of the most challenging being produced today.
80 pages; full color; square bound; 6 1/2" x 7 1/2"
retail price - $10.95 copacetic price - sold out
Mother, Come Home
by Paul Hornschemeier
Collecting Forlorn Funnies #2 - 4, Mother, Come Home is a great contemporary graphic novella about sadness and loss. Will Eisner has this to say: "Brilliant! Graphic literature at its best. This book leaves the comics ghetto far behind." Need more convincing? Here's this from Craig Thompson: "While formalistically inventive, this book is heart-wrenching. No panel is wasted. No gesture is inconsequential. Every color, prop, and rhythmic panel enrich its lucid landscape." So there! We would say that Hornschemeier has incorporated some of the more pertinent formal lessons of Chris Ware into a tale that covers somewhat similar territory as that of Jimmy Corrigan, but while Ware employs his technical mastery as an emotional distancing device, Hornschemeier actually confronts some of the emotions that accompany personal loss, which makes it closer to Craig Thompson's Blankets, in that regard. While Mother, Come Home does not pack the punch of either of these heavyweights, it nevertheless is definitely worth a look.
retail price - $14.95 copacetic price - $12.70
Forlorn Funnies by Paul Hornschemeier
It all starts here. Each comic is 6 1/2" x 9", a tad shorter than standard size comics. Each has a stiff full color cover, with full color interiors printed on a flat, high quality stock, for a nice, original feel. And production values are just the start. These books display a high level of conscious artistry throughout. If you're not wedded to the trade paperback format, we recommend purchasing the Mother, Come Home graphic novel in its original form: Forlorn Funnies #2 - 4. It makes for a superior æsthetic experience, and it's less expensive, to boot!
#1 - 3 retail price - $3.95 copacetic price - sold out
#4 retail price - $4.50 copacetic price - sold out
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