Drawn & Quarterly shared this book bounty with Meathaus. Beverly, by Nick Drnaso (website/tumblr) and Puke Force by Brian Chippendale (Instagram/Tumblr), are both new releases that will appeal to different sides of your comics pleasure center. Beverly will voyeuristically treat you to a variety of characters’s realistic scenarios of sexual repression/explosion and social humiliation in multiple stories. The art is clear, plain and disciplined with the effect being that the narrative flows into the mind with high priority. Puke Force drops deep into a crusty, expansive nightmare world where characters eat dumpster doughnuts, linger in the memory mist, practice top-form computer masturbation techniques and beg for their online profile to be updated despite being a blown-apart road-corpse. Single page strips build an overall narrative. The art is Chippendale’s signature gritty and textured dense compositions of ink that demand a slow examination of every panel and picture. Both books cut pretty deep into reality: everyone is barely restraining their madness and everything is unraveling.
See more at the D&Q Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Included above are scans of press releases with notable praise for the books. Unfortunately glacial posting-pace finds me publishing this one day after the artists’s book tour has concluded, but the books are fresh and ready to get into your face at your local stores.
Look at Yoko Tanji’s drawings over on Tumblr for more pleasingly posed figures and lots of cats.