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posted on 12.18.09


Mark Beyer's brilliant comic strip Amy and Jordan ran in the New York Press in the late 80's and early 90's, and was impossible to find until 2004, when Pantheon Books published a collection of the strips. Combining the misery of Akbar and Jeff with the surrealism of Little Nemo in Slumberland, Beyer created a bizarrely hilarious urban nightmare, people by heads on platters, sticky children, and demi-gods in the form of gigantic insects. The minor but discouraging travails of surviving in New York appear as knife-wielding demons or mysterious diseases. Beyer was sekf-taught, and his style is reminiscent of the great outsider artist Martin Remirez. Daniel Clowes recommends Amy and Jordan to "any fan of bleakness and misery."

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