In these six beautifully illustrated stories, Joe Ollmann peers into the cracks of every-day life, finding inspiration in those slightly uncomfortable moments, both extra-ordinary and mundane, that make life . . . well . . . interesting. Influenced by a variety of artists, such as Ben Katchor, Charles Schulz, Ralph Steadman, and Edward Gorey, Ollmann draws the inhabitants of his world with remarkable craft and an eye for detail, making each character unforgettable.
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Joe Ollmann is an award-winning graphic designer. For the past eleven years, Ollmann has made his way through the indy comics scene with Wag!, his micro-books of "artsty-fartsy" fictions and comics. Joe lives in Montreal, Quebec. This Will All End in Tears is his second book.From Publishers Weekly:
In Canadian artist Ollmann's new b&w collection, characters run the emotional gamut from loneliness to self-loathing and back again, with only the occasional flash of hope to light their way. Using a slightly grotesque style (bodies are generally lumpy, faces creased, mouths agape) in a tight and claustrophobic nine-panel pattern, Ollmann creates starkly told little worlds isolated in frozen angst. In "They Filmed a Movie Here Once," a devout and lonely young woman living in a small town falls for a mysterious drifter; in "Big Boned," a fat woman fights social invisibility. "Day Old" and "Oh Dear" are less successful, trading in fairly stock situations that may have made for a decent college workshop short story, but are too undeveloped to stand on their own. Ollmann finishes things off well with the final story, "En Retarde (Delayed)," about Dennis, a mechanic from a rabidly dysfunctional family (which he's tried to escape) who is forced to take care of his slow older brother when his alcoholic mother ends up in the hospital. There's not a lot of uplift here amid the shame and self-flagellating guilt, but more than enough uncompromising honesty to fill an entire book. (Nov.)
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