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Six Hundred and Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer


French expatriate and self-described slacker Patrice Killoffer commences a brutal self-examination that produces startling results. An inscrutable eight page prelude about dirty dishes, pretty girls, and over-arching angst catapults the reader into a bleak, silent Bizarro-world populated by Killoffer’s six hundred and seventy-six doubles.

A veritable atrocity exhibition ensues as the proliferating doubles corrupt, parasitize, and molest the disconsolate Killoffer and some unfortunate others who happen along. The discursive prelude anchoring Killoffer’s psychotic bender generates an urgent, irresistible rhythm while the book’s open, free-form page continuity services Killoffer’s expanding, all-devouring psychic entropy.

The thematic emphasis on French literary standards like narcissism, self-loathing and the idea of the Self and the Other inevitably connects Killoffer to such canonical French cris de couer such as Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential manifesto Nausea and Roman Polanski’s vintage thriller Repulsion. Killoffer’s aggressive, confrontational stance injects the book with an immediacy eschewed by those older narratives. (Note: the book’s creator and its protagonist share the same name; one may also wonder about the artist’s biographical intent.)

Originally published in France by L’Association in 2002, Mr. Killoffer re-lettered the book in English for its American publication by Typocrat Press in 2005. Unsuitable for minors and the faint of heart, Six Hundred and Seventy-Six Apparitions of Killoffer should find ardent admirers among readers of avant garde sequential art and underground comix in general.


The Complete Classic Alex Toth Zorro

Eclipse Books

Publication year: 1988

124 pages b/w, $9.95

Art: Alex Toth (writer uncredited)

Introduction by Howard Chaykin

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