BOOKLIST on SHOWCASE #3

“Booklist. Volume 102; Issue 5” / Booklist / Gordon Flagg / November 1, 2005

The latest in Drawn & Quarterly's series spotlighting up-and-coming talent again presents impressive work from three countries. French-Canadian Geneviève Elverum offers three connected minimalist fables dreamily portraying a young woman's reactions to depression, domesticity, and motherhood in delicate watercolors that, thanks largely to her keen graphic skills, make them whimsical without being cloying. Representing the U.S., Sammy Harkham-founder of the cutting-edge comics and graphic arts zine Kramers Ergot-sympathetically, but with open eyes, recounts a teenage girl's languid summer of sex, boozing, and friendship. Harkham, whose visual approach is indebted to Chester Brown's Yummy Fur, uses a uniform, nine-panel grid to convey the slow, measured passing of the season. England's Matt Broersma is the traditionalist here. His grisly, humorous tale of the ghost of one Dr. Frobisher, walking the earth trying to retrieve his body, recalls French master Jacques Tardi in its art and storytelling; the story per se could be a Richard Sala yarn (see Sala's Mad Night, reviewed in this issue). The strongest Drawn & Quarterly Showcase yet.

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