Library Selections June 4, 2001
 

Thaz
 

by Ben Jones
62 pp
 

I first read this comic a little over a year ago at a friend's apartment. After I put it down I didn't quite know what to say--I could barely comprehend it. Reading it again now for the umpteenth time I know what's coming and it still kicks me in the face. 

What happens is roughly this: a guy named Thaz goes to a foreign country and eats "breakfast pizza" and goes scuba diving. Meanwhile talking dolphins and cats are in an underwater cave, and there's secret messages in tunnels that speak of ancient mysteries. Thaz gets stuck in a tunnel and has a vision that "explains" the mystery. The vision in the tunnel is a psychedelic and Gary Panter-esque gut punch. The only other sequence that approaches it's brand of comics sublimity in my mind is the atomic horse sequence at the end of Panter's Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise.

What keeps me awake at night is that this is one of many such terrifyingly good and fascinating and stupid Ben Jones books. I wish I could tell you how to get a hold of one, but I don't know if Ben still has some to give. 

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hundert Ansichten der Speicherstadt
 

by Martin tom Dieck
1997 
ISBN 3-907055-04-7
approx 150 pages
published by Arrache Coeur

Wordless with one drawing per page. A man and a boy and a flooded city. Symbolism and "surrealism," I guess--I'm not sure what's going on here. The drawings are beautiful, every single one. 

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