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Toybox Americana: Characters Met Along the Way
by Tim Lane
Published by Fantagraphics Books
11"x9.5", 272p, b+w illustrations, hardcover
A collection of flash fiction and illustrations celebrating the hardscrabble underbelly of Americana. In this book, Lane remasters milieus, attitudes, and cultural touchstones of the 20th century: wry slice-of-life vignettes are depicted in moodily crosshatched, noir-inflected drawings. Jazz clubs and pool halls, ballparks and graveyards, casinos and coffeehouses, back alleys and bus stops are populated by roughed-up boxers, bleary gamblers, rowdy winos, philosophical rail-riders, acrobatic fire-swallowers, and femme fatales, woven together into a uniquely designed collection of images and prose.