"Tom Kaczynski produces small comics crammed with big ideas (and beautiful representations). Who knew a few tight-paneled pages of mini-book pulp could escort us across realities from Minnesota to Atlantis to the end of the world--visiting Zizek, MODOK, Solon, Gorbachev, Voltron, von Daniken, Gamera, Heraclitus, John Gray, Richard Florida, state socialism, hypercapitalism, techno-utopia, post-apocalyptic dystopia, and an optimistic Corn Belt fantasia along the way. Tom K's semiotic Speedball propels the acheings of adolescent nostalgia through the epic vistas of the critical imagination to produce a more coherent expression of the maturation of the multiculturally media-drunk early 21st century self than any hardcover post-9/11 bildungsroman could manage with mere words." -- Chris N. Brown editor of Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Stories of the FantasticVom Verlag:
Trans Terra is a mutant memoir that melds comics, politics, and philosophy into a heady brew exploring work, creativity, emergence of the new, and the possibility of utopia. The author's journey begins in the frigid wastelands of contemporary consumer culture. Like a surreal HMS Beagle, Trans Terra meanders through time and space exploring archipelagos real and imagined. Prominent stops include Soviet Siberia, Communist Poland, Plato's Atlantis, nineteenth-century New York, and Sir Thomas More's Utopia. Arriving on the polluted shores of collapsing global civilization, Tom K glimpses the faint light of utopia beyond the veil of Apocalypse. Taking cue from Salvador Dali's paranoiac-critical method, the author unearths improbable connections between thinkers as disparate as Ignatious Donnelly, Alvin Toffler, Rem Koolhaas, Slavoj Zizek, and many others. Translated into several languages, Trans Terra is a comic book manifesto for the post-capitalist-crisis world. Tom Kaczynski (a.k.a. Tom K) is an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist, designer, illustrator, writer, teacher, and publisher. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Mome, Punk Planet, The Drama, and many other publications. Beta Testing the Apocalypse, a collection of his Mome stories, was published by Fantagraphics Books in July 2012. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his partner Nikki and their two black cats.
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