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Puke Force
by Brian Chippendale


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"Chippendale's . . . obsessively detailed comics] feel like they've] been shot straight from his brain onto the page." -"Village Voice"
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"""Puke Force" is social satire written dark and dense across Brian Chippendale's deconstructed multiverse of walking, talking M&Ms, hamsters, and cycloptic-yet-glamorous trivia hosts.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"Chippendale's . . . obsessively detailed comics] feel like they've] been shot straight from his brain onto the page." -"Village Voice"
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"""Puke Force" is social satire written dark and dense across Brian Chippendale's deconstructed multiverse of walking, talking M&Ms, hamsters, and cycloptic-yet-glamorous trivia hosts. In scathingly funny single-page strips that build and build, he takes on social media narcissism, governmental propaganda, racism, and a culture of violence, skewering the malice of the right and the hypocrisies of the left.
A bomb explodes in a coffee shop: the incident is played out over and over again from the perspective of each table in the shop, revisiting moments from ten and twenty years before. We see the inevitable as the characters bicker or celebrate, unaware of what's coming. Throughout this dystopic graphic novel, Chippendale uses humor and a frantic drawing style to show how the insidious nature of corporate greed and the commodification of everything have warped society into a killing machine.
Sardonic and self-aware, " Puke Force" asks all the right questions, providing a startling and on-point take on contemporary social issues. Chippendale's artwork makes each panel a masterpiece of thrumming linework and lo-fi magic, as his storytelling wends and winds its way to a fascinating conclusion.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781770462199
  • ISBN-10: 1770462198
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: February 2016
  • Page Count: 120


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-11-02
  • Reviewer: Staff

In an urban setting that brings to mind Adventure Time filtered through the fevered imaginings of a desperate meth-addict in the midst of a four-day Everclear bender, pantsless quasiprotagonist Aw Dude and his roommate, Babbit, wander from one strange encounter to another. Its a squalid world populated with masturbators, shape-shifters, uncaring politicos, the sinister proliferation of social media, and all manner of characters and sights that could have come from the mind of a 21st-century Hieronymus Bosch. Among the numerous overlapping threads, a restaurant bombing and its effects loom large, while an insidious Internet breaks free from its electronic realm and enslaves the general public. With a self-described serpentine panel progression, the story makes the reader work to keep up with it, which only adds to the narratives disorienting quality. Chippendale (Ninja), who doubles as the guitarist for the noise band Lightning Bolt, emerged from the Fort Thunder scene of the 1990s, and his Gary Panterinfused squiggles offer social commentary with veiled, twisted surrealism. (Oct.)

 
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