Freeway (Paperback)

Author: Kalesniko, Mark

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In his first new graphic novel since 2001?s acclaimed Mail Order Bride, Mark Kalesniko delivers a 416-page tour de force chronicling a single day?a few hours, even?in the life of his recurring dog-headed alter ego, Alex Kalienka.Stuck in a horrendous traffic jam on his way to his increasingly miserable job as an animator at Babbitt Jones Studios, a burnt-out and depressed Alex alternately rages, reminisces, fantasizes and hallucinates. Thus flashbacks to his earliest days as a starry-eyed young animator snagging his dream job, through the increasingly depressing political battles and creative compromises, with a love affair gone badly wrong along the way, alternate with scenes of an increasingly agitated present-day Alex, who imagines a series of increasingly violent deaths for himself.Then again, are they in fact fantasies, or prescient flashes? Is a threatening car tailing Alex just a paranoid fantasy or a genuine threat? Readers will have to wait until the very end of this hugely ambitious graphic novel to find out.Moreover, woven into this narrative fabric is a series of imagined moments from two generations ago, a Golden Age of animation, when an earlier Alex made his entry into a much different Babbitt Jones Studio?as imagined by the increasingly despondent present-day Alex.Loaded with fascinating insider information on two different generations of animators, skipping seamlessly among present and several different pasts, reality and fantasy, Freeway is another step forward for a major cartooning talent.

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Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Mfg Part# 9781606993569
SKU 212930467
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1606993569
Release Date 3/21/2011

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