by J. Drucker
Looks like the original images were made in scratchboard and then printed offset (smells like ink and doesn't feel like xerox).
by E. Rettberg
imagery: The protagonist's size and shape changes throughout the book as he downspirals into a tiny stick figure..
graphical: The number of panels on each page increases as the book closes, contributing to a sense of diffusion, dissolution, and confusion.
The bleak graphical narrative offered in this book, which traces a man's journey from a horrifying primal scene through job loss, drug addiction, prostitution, and failure, paints a pessimistic picture of modernity and urban life.
by J. Drucker
openings: These are used in various ways, with continuity of imagery across the gutter or with repetition or contrast of scale and design.
turnings: Strong sense of narrative momentum and continuity structred in the forward movement of the character from left to right on the pages in a way that accentuates the front to back structure of the book.
development: Narrative arc is successfully followed and brought to resolution with the final sequence of images strikingly vivid as a way to show diminishment of spirit and self by their shrinking size.
sequence: Many strong sequences occur in this book, but the final sequence uses graphical means to make the narrative point in a unique way through the fading figure's diminiahsing scale and increased frequency of tinier and tinier drawings in a grid of alienation.
A gem of a book, the work of a graphical artist with a real sense of story-telling, character and mood, but also, a very instructive insight into the way a book form can be used to emphasize drama and narrative. Visually charming, and intellectually in the range of underground comix, with real world alienation threaded throughout.
note: The scale and scope of Drooker's work is enormous, and this litle book is just a footnote to a large career, but it is a charming piece of lively and imaginative work. [J.Drucker]
edition type: editioned
place: New York City, NY
edition size: unkown
note: This edition sold for $5 a copy. [J. Drucker]
horizontal: 4 3/8 inches closed
vertical: 5 5/8 inches closed
binding: saddle stitching (AAT)
other materials: none
general description: A slim, compact volume in simple paper covers.
format: codex (AAT)
cover: Black paper, with the word "HOME" toward the top in a graffiti spray-paint style. "Communicomix #3" in stylized print at the bottom.
color: no A single red blotch on the last patch contrasts with the rest of the book's start black and white.
pagination: unpaginated 40 unnumbered pages