Thursday, September 16, 2021

Jennifer McGinnis:

Comics as a Second Language

One Eye

One Eye


Find it on Atomic Avenue

Genre: Artbook

Drawn and Quarterly is famous for producing books of experimental and cutting-edge modern art, and they don’t disappoint with Charles Burns’s collection of photographs. Every page presents two different, usually unrelated, photographs juxtaposed against each other and then teamed with clever, sometimes enigmatic titles. Burns achieves the effect of confusing readers and forcing them to pause and ponder each scene, creating a slow, methodic read not unlike wandering through an art gallery. Many of the photographs seem to be slice-of-life pictures taken by the artist in just a handful of cities, giving readers an almost voyeuristic view of Burns and how he sees the 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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