The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise by Brix Smith Start $18.95 - American Brix Smith Start spent ten years in The Fall with Mark E. Smith while being married to him, which ended in a violent disintegration. Growing up in the Hollywood Hills in the '60s in a dilapidated pink mansion her life has …
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