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Title:
The rough pearl
ISBN:
9781683962847
Physical Description:
169 pages : black and white illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
"The cover of this book includes glow-in-the-dark in. To fully enjoy the effect, expose the cover to light prior to entering a dark space" --Colophon.
Summary:
Adam Kline is an aspiring artist with bleak prospects, stuck in a thankless adjunct teaching gig and married to an ambitious woman tired of supporting his starry-eyed pipe dreams. Just as things seem to be looking up for hapless Adam, he begins to black out at random and awaken in a pitch-dark void surrounded by billions of probing eyes. When these uncanny visions appear in his real life, he starts to worry that he's losing his mind. --
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In this graphic novel, Adam Kline is an aspiring digital artist stuck in a thankless university adjunct position, married to an ambitious woman sick of supporting his pipe dreams, and is completely ignored by the New York art scene. Miraculously, though, his fortunes seem to be turning around. However, there's just one problem -- his mysterious medical condition keeps blacking him out at the most inopportune times, and slowly blurs his perceptions of reality and fantasy... And, if that wasn't enough, he has to content with eerie, pitch-black void, flesh-eating zombies, and a vast, secret network of bug-eyed, bald-headed aliens.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Mutch (Fantastic Life) draws readers into the full bloom of mental breakdown in this viciously satirical graphic novel. Adam Kline, a struggling digital artist in the mid-1990s, teaches part-time at a New York fashion school and is stuck in a loveless marriage with another professor. Mutch skewers both the academic and art worlds that misanthropic Adam moves between as he quells his anxiety with so much Ativan that he suffers frequent hallucinations and blackouts. He acts on an ill-advised crush with a student, develops a paranoid fixation with a new colleague, and flirts with potential professional success after a gallery owner takes interest in his work. But Adam is adept at undermining himself, often waking from a blackout to realize he'd inadvertently done something horrible. When fully conscious, he worries so fervently about saying the wrong thing that he inevitably blurts out the worst. Mutch's black-and-white drawings render these situations as uncomfortable as they are laugh-out-loud funny; he's skillful at illustrating people who can barely hold their emotions in check. It's exhausting being inside Adam's head, yet the cringe humor keeps this darkly funny graphic novel from getting bogged by his despair and paranoia. The sticky mix of surrealism, satire, and situational comedy makes this deeply discomfiting graphic novel hard to put down. (Mar.)