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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Terms and Conditions (Experimental Fiction)

by R. Sikoryak  (Author)

Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (March 7, 2017)

Softcover, 108 pages

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This is not so much a graphic novel, but an extended piece of concept art to make a point. Perhaps it’s much more than the average person expects or wants. One hundred and eight pages of material done in a variety of classic comic book and comic strip styles. The main character, a cartoon version of Apple creator and child slaver Steve Jobs, wanders through the world of the graphic novel while reciting the ridiculously long and tediously complex terms and conditions for Apple products. Don’t bother trying to take in the actual material, even in this interesting format it’s nearly incomprehensible, almost as bad as Finnegan’s Wake.

As such to review this book, which I can’t do an honest review of as it is mostly experimental fiction and meant to be viewed in a different light. So instead, I went page by page through it all and attempted to identify the artist or comic it is from. So far I’ve found: A Wolverine cover, a Steranko Agents of Shield interior cover, Little Lulu, Astro Boy, Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, John Byrne X-Men, Charles Schultz; Gaiman’s Sandman, Dilbert, The Walking Dead, Something by Seth possibly from Palookaville, R. Crumb, Watchmen, Calvin and Hobbes, Little Nemo in Slumberland, The Incredible Hulk, Archie, Jim Davis’s Garfield, Prince Valiant, Mignolia’s Hellboy,Cathy, Little Dot, Transformers, Dr. Strange, Ketchum’s Dennis the Menace, Hot Stuff, Hagar the Horrible,  Beetle Bailey, Lone Wolf and Cub, daniel Clowes, Rube Goldburg, Felix the Cat, Eisner’s The Spirit, Herge’s Tin Tin, Dick Tracy, Spiderman, Akira, Josie and the Pussy Cats, Edward Gorey, Wally Wood, Pogo, Charles Burns Black Hole, Smurfs, Love and Rockets, Nancy, Scott Morse, Popeye, Mobius, Scooby Doo, Scott Pilgrim, Snuffy Smith,  Green lantern, My Little Pony, Persepholie, Donald Duck, For Better or For Worse, Cable, Bagge’s Hate, Original Wonder Woman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rawhide Kid, The Family Circus, The Simpsons, Silver Surfer, From Hell, Brenda Starr, Ziggy, & finally Chris Ware something or other.

Best I could do. There were about thirty I couldn’t figure out, either because I hadn’t read the book or there were too many possibilities.

For more readings, try books by Rex Hurst.

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