Friday, August 31, 2012

sublife by john pham

It is a crime against humanity that Sublife only comes out twice a year. But I'll take what I can get of Ignatz-nominated Mr. Pham's melancholy, simply drawn, warmly colored, and incredibly intricate work, which also happens to be reminiscent of one of my favorite artists of all time, Chris Ware. Volume one of the Sublife omnibus largely focuses on 221 Sycamore Street, where a ragtag bunch of dysfunctional misfits share a rental house and more or less engage with the community that surrounds them. Not to be missed for fans of Acme Novelty Library or Tomine. Grade 9+