john pham's sublife

After hearing several recommendations, I finally picked up and read the first volume of John Pham's graphic novel Sublife. It's awesome. Beautifully and simply drawn, the art reminds a lot of Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library. I wish I had picked up sooner, because it's an amazing piece of work.

It's sort of hard to describe, except that it features a cast of odd, quirky characters—including a bitter old school teacher, a boy who wears a sheet over his entire upper body, a cokehead club girl, and a pair of white supremacists with an attack dog—all living in rented house, in a series of linked vignettes.

It's an amazing piece of work, and I can't wait to read the next one... though I'm told that I'll probably be waiting a while for it. In the meantime, do check out the first volume of Sublife. To learn more about the book, go to the Fantagraphics website here.

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