Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Jennifer McGinnis:

Comics as a Second Language

The Aviary

The Aviary

Find it on Atomic Avenue

Genre: Drama, Fantasy

Jamie Tanner gives us a bizarre world which effortlessly mixes the antique with the modern, all in an exquisite art style reminiscent of Edwardian newspapers and advertisements. A strange corporation manufactures a bird-man doll, a doll that seems to somehow run into a variety of lost and depressed characters searching for love, and even occasionally convinces them to take steps that they otherwise wouldn’t have considered. A masked man hires a prostitute to sleep for him, giving him the opportunity to watch her at peace, much like how he watched over his dying wife in her final days; a monkey commissions original artwork to fill his gallery of erotica, oblivious to the pain he’s causing for some of the artists; a zombie becomes the star of a reality television show, one which asks viewers to guess which body part will be the next to fall off. All of these odd and sad characters meet the bird-man doll in turn, and often bump into each other, as they drift through their sepia-tone world.

Jennifer grew up in an almost-rural part of California and is currently living in the metropolis of Portland. She knows how to fish without bait, find magnetic north, shoot a bow and arrow, and slaughter small animals, but very rarely does any of it.

Jennifer’s favorite comics include PS 238, She-Hulk, Usagi Yojimbo, Fables, and Impulse.

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