In Ukrainian-American novelist Yuriy Tarnawsky’s new trilogy The Placebo Effect (JEF Books), the themes of alienation, abandonment, and fear of death, developed in Like Blood in Water and elaborated in The Future of Giraffes, respectively the first and second book of The Placebo Effect Trilogy, …
Kramers Ergot #8
Published by Picturebox Inc
232p, color, hardcover, 7"x9"
This latest Kramer's anthology feels a little bit like cocaine and a reptile tank. The contemporary comics contributions are bookended by Robert Beatty's retro-digital airbrush wizardry and bisected by higloss cgi still lives by Takeshi Murata. Then there's a mouthwash Preface by Ian Svenonius' space cowboy essay "Notes On Camp, Part 2". Followed by some great cartoonists paring it down and playing it cinematic and cool - CF's Hunger-ish scenario, Harkham's Kubrick's cube, Ben Jones gives us a long yarn in a dental floss line, Frank Santoro and Dash Shaw do a foggy bit about sexual predator entrapment hued in Cold Heat pervert-purples. Johnny Ryan delivers a space carnage ramble, Chris Cilla does some smut with David Heatly flavor overtones. Tim Hensley does Svenonius' essay one better in a single panel National Lampoon sort of gag. Despite a icy hands-off feel to much of book there's still a pulpy heart beating here-Gabrielle Bell nails down something sinister in pastel California colors. Leon Sadler is at the best I've ever seen him here - grungy characters in a feral bizarro smurfville. I may be biased, but I'm especially partial to the converging and diverging paralell multiverses of Anya Davidson's brutal "Barbarian Bitch" which I think acts as a great counterweight to the book's closer, a 40-page reprint of Penthouse's "Wicked Wanda" that's a (yes) campy combo like if you remade "The Mouse That Roared" with the plotline of Hothead Paisan.