Absurdity abounds in this graphic novel

"My Dirty Dumb Eyes" by Lisa Hanawalt is a very funny and very adult graphic novel. It's probably more accurate to say it's a collection of musings done in visual form. The book is not for kids.
 
Artist Lisa Hanawalt envisions beings with cat heads or horse heads doing things in a half human, half animal manner. She draws many animals, some wearing bizarre hats such as a Desert Hare wearing a Lazy Susan hat with hot dog and pancake condiments. Creating and exposing absurdity is her specialty.
 
Hanawalt's drawing style varies throughout. Her animals in hats are lifelike, except, of course, for the bizarre hats. She can also draw more simply, as when she shares "Tips for Living with a Significant Other." Her illustrated movie reviews are absolutely hysterical, and this book includes four. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" gets a good recommendation "if you love apes." "The Vow" gets skewered. Hanawalt's review of "War Horse" is laugh-out-loud, shoulder shaking funny.
 
"My Dirty Dumb Eyes" is a quick read, but the humor remains fresh enough to revisit your favorite parts. Due to explicit drawings and subject matter, this graphic novel is for adults.
 
--Julie C., Headquarters

 

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