The Wild Kingdom
The new master of comics experimentalism returns with his everyman Glenn Ganges
"One of the most promising of a new generation of cartoonists, Huizenga's stories use a combination of the quotidian and the surreal to explore themes of science, nature, religion and family." --Time
"With art that ranges from clear-eyed cartooning to swirly expressionism, Huizenga takes his characters through poetic explorations of the profound." --Washington Post
Standing out amongst his contemporaries, Kevin Huizenga is the leading cartoonist of his generation whose subtle mastery of the medium has earned him countless accolades and awards. Huizenga's comics are at once straight-forward and experimental, serious and funny. His character is the suburban everyman Glenn Glanges, a modern day Dagwood Bumstead who tackles and stumbles with such heady topics as mysticism and science.
In Wild Kingdom, Glenn Ganges blindly interacts with the nature of his suburban neighborhood: dead house plants; a recipe for grey squirrel brain; and pigeons eating discarded french fries in the parking lot of a fast food joint. Huizenga juxtaposes Glenn's ignorance of his surroundings with television commercials highlighting society's needs for cure-all pharmaceuticals and "hot new things" like teeth whiteners. Starting off wordless, Wild Kingdom grows more complex page-by-page, ending with encyclopedic entries, biographical excerpts, anthropologic flow charts and a cataclysmic encounter of nature and technology.