Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Broken Pencil Review

I just found out that I got a really sweet review of Dreams of Donuts #14 in Broken Pencil (which you can peek at here)!
Publication: Broken Pencil
Author: Gordon, Cam
Date published: October 1, 2013
Dreams of Donuts Comic, Heather Wreckage, issue 14, all4choice(ci),
Hellarity was an (in)famous squat house in Oakland, California that boasted a rotating cast of punks, vegans, tramps, anarchists and other fringe dwellers during its tenure, and was known to neighbours and authorities for its "lively" comings and goings. Heather Wreckage was a one-time occupant and has captured a tribute to Hellarity in the latest issue of her Dreams of Donuts comic. To say this is a "warts -and-all portrayal" is an understatement and make no mistake, a portion of those warts are of the genital variety. While Heather details the mass of rats, vomit and bed bugs that inhabited the house, she always paints (well, draws) vivid portraits of love, companionship and self discovery-all completely off-thegrid and yet familiar and comforting to anybody with any semblance of heart The comic also give a fairly fantastic account of the house residents' battle with the owner, including details on the eviction process and the residents' attempts to seize control of the dwelling. It's dense, it's fascinating and it's way more than a glimpse into a lifestyle that is 100 per cent counterculture and yet rooted in a lot of fundamental emotions that are entirely relatable. All told, this issue of Dreams of Donuts is a compelling read with an amazing array of drawings and stories that should fascinate any and all. (Cam Gordon)

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