Scrublands

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the debut collection of John Daly, the first book the company has published by a South African cartoonist.Daly s earlier work has been described as Tintin meets the Freak Brothers in the Cape of Good Dope Indeed, Daly s cartoons, offbeat, hallucinatory, and often hilarious, seems descended fromand in some cases an amalgamation ofFantagraphics Books is proud to announce the debut collection of John Daly, the first book the company has published by a South African cartoonist.Daly s earlier work has been described as Tintin meets the Freak Brothers in the Cape of Good Dope Indeed, Daly s cartoons, offbeat, hallucinatory, and often hilarious, seems descended fromand in some cases an amalgamation ofthe substance induced work of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Victor Moscoso, and S Clay Wilson, filtered through the artist s own unique vision and sense of the absurd.Daly s approach swings from introverted dreamlike stream of consciousness to over the top postmodern vaudevillian Prebaby, the centerpiece of this collection, delves into creation, survival, random occurrences and the micro macrocosm Told entirely without dialogue, it s almost musical in its execution It unfolds like the storyboard to a wonky existential animated cartoon, and it s no surprise that Daly studied animation for two years at Cape Town s City Varsity College In contrast, Daly s Kobosh and Steve stories come across as a series of routines by a demented Abbott and Costello Kobosh even visits a down on his luck Bruce Springsteen in one story, while another strip features a pair of micro fauna questioning their existence as they feed off the rock legend s scalp.Stories alternate between full color and black and white and range from representational Jim Jarmusch like scenarios to wild visual excursions, albeit linear ones We are pleased to introduce a unique new voice to the world of cartooning and predict Daly s mix of deadpan absurdity and surreal imagery will be greeted with enthusiasm by readers and critics alike.
Scrublands Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the debut collection of John Daly the first book the company has published by a South African cartoonist Daly s earlier work has been described as Tintin meet

  • Title: Scrublands
  • Author: Joe Daly
  • ISBN: 9781560977445
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Scrublands”

    1. BCDER: 81Short mostly stoner stories with a South African flavor. Joe Daly entertains me as a cartoonist even with some of the very short slice of life glimpses of what I'm guessing are autobiographical in nature. The wordless "Prebaby" is the star in my opinion with "Aquaboy 1&2" following closely behind. A quick, mildly trippy fun read.

    2. I like Joe Daly’s work but “Scrublands” is probably his weakest book. It contains very short strips about sexually shaped sculptures or sexually shaped vegetables, some weird stoner humour, and some avant-garde nonsense. Most of the characters look disturbing and monstrous-like as if they were characters from an old MAD magazine strip. The book contains few strips worth remembering though his distinctive drawing style becomes quite likeable after a while, and I can highly recommend his oth [...]

    3. This was a drug trip of a book. A collection of short comics, Joe Daly's style is eclectic to say the least. I started this just last night and blew through it, mostly due to one story that constituted half of the graphic novel which had no dialogue whatsoever. The stories toward the end were kind of disappointing, but the bulk of them (including the long, wordless one) were pretty jaw dropping.

    4. Pretty good stuff.Daly mixes a little Crumb and Bagge for his more straight stories, but then makes a sharp turn into Shaun Tan territory with "Pre-Baby". He has a great style, but it's a little too much like someone else's style. Hopefully, he will develop something a little more original. Pre-Baby is a really frickin' good start.

    5. All of the weirdness I love from artists like Woodring . . . only without the soul. These stories bored me to tears. Tears of blood and revenge.

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