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The lonesome go
Lane, Tim, author, artist.
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Publication Information:
Seattle, W.A. : Fantagraphics Books, [2014]

Physical Description:
295 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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Chiefly illustrations.
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Tim Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of comics stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering -- both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"; and experience the life and death of an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, former boxer, and expert hustler.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Lane's (Abandoned Cars) glorious intricate panegyric of American wanderlust may be comics in its purest form. In several short, punchy stories, he spins visual and verbal tales of hobos, grifters, estranged exes, and other wanderers through abandoned fun houses, and motor inns, with lurid sex and hallucinatory episodes. Lane's subtle and meticulous merging of art and words displays the full range of his skill, offering bleak no-moral tales and sour vignettes that build on the experience and mythology of traveling the darker paths of the road. The yarns aren't pleasant or feel-good, but studying individual panels of tortured figures and well-balanced shading reveals a greater beauty behind them. The wide range of art styles that Lane draws upon throughout the different chapters contributes to the book's gritty realism, and several memorably bleak sequences are reminiscent of the deepest, darkest film noir. Lane is one of those rare comics storytellers who understands and deftly captures the lure of the road and memorably portrays America's seedy underbelly. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.