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Inside 'Mountebank' by d.w.

Inside 'Mountebank' by d.w.

Center for Cartoon Studies alumni and Irene cofounder and editor D.W's first book for Fantagraphics is an intricately detailed collection of thoughts, sketches and ideas.

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Presented as a stylized reprint of of d.w.'s madcap graph paper sketch pad, Mountebank isn't like anything else you can find in your local comic book store. It's likely that when you were in grade school, you could look over and see someone near the back of the class fully engrossed, head down, with their hands scribbling over a half-hidden page of notebook paper. d.w. has taken that crafty scribbling obsession into full overdrive with this collection of spiral masterworks.

Inhabited by rudimentary animals, music notes, newspaper clipped quotes and splashes of vibrant color, each page stands as a twisted habitat for the wordless characters that live within the intricate designs. Short detours where squat humanoids sing songs in half German, half animal hieroglyphic dot the book without explanation. Many pages leave weaving paths of blank graph paper squares throughout, treating the reader to a maze without conclusion through swaths of characters and cross-hatched mayhem.

d.w. creates art you can fully become lost in. You can try and understand what the random quote thrown on the page means in relation to the art, you can try to make sense of the sing-song banter between two cats and you can trace the line work of the page hoping to find out where d.w.'s pen started and ended on the page, however you are unlikely to definitively answer any of your questions. Flip to any page and fall in, flip to another and examine closely. This is an enveloping and beautiful work, simply created to be observed and not understood.

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Mountebank is available now via Fantagraphics. You can also find more d.w. in the recent Irene Comics anthology and his personal website, Kidclampdown.

New Releases: September 20th, 2017

New Releases: September 20th, 2017

New Releases: September 13th, 2017

New Releases: September 13th, 2017