The Morbid Anatomy Anthology by Joanna Ebenstein & Colin Dickey (Morbid Anatomy Press) $30.00 - 28 lavishly illustrated essays about the intersections of the history of anatomy and medicine as well as death and the macabre. Topics include the catacombs of Palermo, books bound in human skin, …
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
80p, b&w, hardcover, 6.5"x10"
Castrée draws perfectly - gestures that speak mountains, uncurling with neat script and strange anger. Most of the comics I've seen from her before Susceptible are rich, forest-y allegorical stories full of beauty and fury and loss. This is something different - a story of growing up transitory and hard, swinging through landmarks of her childhood, capturing the unpredictable blend of actions, thoughts and emotions that hurl one through life. This book is blunt - poetry is replaced with prose - and it embodies gorgeous pain, fills its borders with the intuitive questions, "this is how it happened?" Yes, difficult yes. -EF