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The House at Maakies Corner

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Tony Millionaire
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books


There's something wrong with Tony Millionaire's brain. There's a sparkplug in there that's misfiring, I don't know - the results are comics like his children's lament Sock Monkey and this, the second collection of his weekly strip Maakies.

Millionaire's work, with its almost shaky yet elegant line, seems to betray Millionaire's sickness, like how the lopsided handwriting of a serial killer can seem, after the bodies are cleared out of the basement, like a giant cry for help. His illustrations are far too disciplined, almost otherworldly in their precise application, and yet it feels chaotic and strange. Let alone the stories that spew forth from the man. Ostensible children's stories involving death, drunkenness, suicide, fire, self-trepanation with scissors.

Wild horses couldn't keep me away from this book, if for no other reason than one day I can say to the media that Millionaire was a quiet guy who kept to himself...

-- Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.


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