The renowned graphic-book author Joyce Brabner's Second Avenue Caper is the true story of a tight-knit group of artists and activists living in New York City in the early 1980s who found themselves on the front lines in the fight against AIDS. Struggling to understand the disease and how they …
by Jim Woodring
Published by Fantagraphics Books
b&w, hardcover, 80p?, 7.25"x10"
I love Fran, both the character and the entire graphic novel of the same title. Woodring's unstoppable dreamform line and psychic catfish noodling has birthed a new agent in the Unifactorish realm, and Fran's essential continuation of Frank's operating procedures, but with an added sense of purpose and privacy, drive this exterior adventure story to become ultimately a cerebral journey of the interior. Like a balloon filled with intestines filled with helium floating up to the sun, Fran gets at something wordless about the mysterious, awful, beautiful aspects of being alive. -EF