Best of ’07: Elvis Road

December 9, 2008

Elvis Road

I have had a pet notion that comics resembles architecture more than any other art, but Elvis Road makes a stunning argument that they in fact look more like urban planning.  The kind of planning it showcases, to quote an old friend, “looks like it was done by a pack of retarded hyenas.”  She was lamenting the inhuman ugliness in south Lexington, Kentucky, but here it could be praise for great comics.  Of course, it takes a European and a Canadian to make a single drawing that approaches the complexity of Rem Koolhaas’ S M L XL even as it does what cartoony American cities do best: sprawl, and sprawl.

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