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Barrel of Monkeys
Published by Rebus Books
112p, b&w, softcover, 6.5"x9.5"
Here's an attractive bag of tricks....Ruppert and Mulot's "Barrel of Monkeys" is an exploration of visual games wrapped in the comic relief of two beligerent assholes and a fleet of animal sex jokes. Similar to the movie "A Zed and Two Noughts" where the rules of the game are never quite clear but the tools of the game are constantly being reflected upon and tinkered with. In fact, now that I think of it, Barrel of Monkeys is almost like a warped re-telling of A Zed and Two Noughts, repleate with amputee sexuality, animation techniques, dream-like interiors and grossly unethical behavior. And in all of that, it's both pretty gruesome and great: a clever hall of mirrors rendered in paper with an understated rotoscope-style line. These are adept comics, doing what the medium can do so sharply it hurts. -EF