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Mutant aliens
Plympton, Bill.
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New York : Nantier, Beall, Minoustchine, [2000]

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188 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Animation cartoonist extraordinaire Bill Plympton joins the NBM line-up with a graphic novel advance look at his next goofy feature-length animated film! An astronaut's mission goes awry and he is considered lost forever until, years later, his daughter spots him on a telescope on his way back to Earth, with a ship full of aliens and vengeance on his mind. Corporate bigwigs wanted his mission a failure! Our valiant astronaut unleashes the aliens on an aghast humanity in response.

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Booklist Review

Plympton's hyperkinetic animated films provoke the laughter of astonishment at seeing the impossible imaginatively realized, as when a male figure constantly metamorphizes by such alarming means as swallowing his face. Like I Married a Strange Person (1996), this book consists of continuity sketches for a forthcoming film. The story, as the title hints and the cover, with its screaming humans fleeing toothy monsters, verifies, is a parody of sf-horror "creature features." An astronaut marooned in space by a malicious mission controller returns with a shipload of aliens to wreak vengeance, helped by his daughter, who never gave up hope for his return, and her randy boyfriend, who isn't the only one hot to trot. Indeed, sex is, next to vengeance, the primary mechanism driving the plot. Doubtless the movie will be more scabrous, yet the book will offend those who want to be offended while amusing aficionados of ludicrous vulgarity. --Ray Olson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Released in anticipation of a full-length animated feature of the same name, this is the hilarious comic story of an astronaut, Earl Jensen, stranded in space by Dr. Frubar, a money-hungry politician who's hatched a plot to increase funding for the space program. Twenty years later, Earl crash-lands back on Earth with a ship full of huge mutant creatures. Drifting in space these two decades, Earl has liberated the ship's lab animals and turned the whole enterprise into a weird, orbiting, genetic Garden of Eden. While under the influence of a wacky space home-brew, Earl and his animal pals party a little too hard. He returns to earth with a mutant species in tow, descended from the pig, dog, duck, guinea pig, snake and alligator on board, andÄnow it gets really kinkyÄfrom Earl himself. Drawn in pencil in Plympton's familiar overheated cartoon style, the black and white panels read like a highly detailed film storyboard, leaving the reader with the impression of having witnessed the artist in the midst of the creative process. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved