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To Know You're Alive: 05/25/21

To Know You're Alive

To Know You're Alive by Dakota McFadzean is a collection of comics, each one a self contained story. Some are surreal. Some are horror. All of them are disturbing, save for the last one.

The comics are done in a bold color scheme — white, black, and some bright color, like magenta. In that aesthetic they bring to mind the graphic novels aimed at upper elementary kids: Babymouse and the Lunch Lady series for instance.

Except that there's something off about each story. Background details shift. Smiling faces become monstrous. Faces look like they are partially fungi. And so forth.

Then after all these horror vignettes, there's a short story about being an artist/author and a stay at home parent. It's presumably an autobiographical story.

I liked the experience of reading these short comics but I don't see myself re-reading them any time soon.

Four stars

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