Noise in My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground by Jimi Kritzler (Hozac Books) $55.95 - The Ugly Australian Underground documents the music, songwriting, aesthetics and struggles of fifty of Australia’s most innovative and significant bands and artists currently at the creative peak …
Published by Picturebox Inc
144p, brown ink, softcover, 8.5"x11"
Pompeii reads exactly like a storyboard script for a film. Santoro's commitments and obsessions with classical drawing and craft don't provide distinct or striking visuals, instead they make for primarily workhorse drawings - they set the scene, they move the characters, they function efficiently and pragmatically towards servicing a well-paced historical drama. Only enough is conveyed to let you "frame the shot". Staging notes even replace traditional comic book onomatopoeia. All told, it's a clear cut approach to comics harkening back to Golden Age Hollywood. But finishing this book left me hungry in the same way classic Hollywood makes me hungry, and it made me realize maybe what I want from comics most is something closer to the intrusions of experimental film.
Ah well, when in Rome..... -EF