Vulture reviews Art Comic

“The 8 Best Comics to Read This October ” / Vulture / Abraham Riesman / October 1, 2018

It’s hard to describe what, exactly, happens in Art Comic without sounding like a madman. It’s about … Well, I suppose it’s about art and artists? Beyond that general description, sense fails: there’s an aspiring artist who dies and meets a flying pony that may or may not be God, an art student who suffers a hammer-blow to the head and decides to become a medieval knight, an art teacher who accepts a Faustian deal with a bat-person who pays him to suppress the dreams of art students, an art aficionado from another planet who builds sex robots, and so on. Each of these narratives would be delightfully baffling enough on their own, but Matthew Thurber toggles back and forth between them in an admirable effort to keep the reader disoriented at all times. His crude visuals are perfectly suited to this raw, bizarre meditation on why we idiot humans bother to create anything.

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