Highbone Theater

artist: Joe Daly
publisher: Fantagraphics
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edition: 1
language: English
coloring: full color
pages: 570: Hard Cover

Following a succession of some of the most quirky and outré graphic albums ever conceived, including the ongoing, award-winning RPG-inspired Dungeon Quest series, cartoonist Joe Daly has drawn his most ambitious stand-alone graphic novel yet — the 572 page Highbone Theater. Our protagonist Palmer — wallflower, mystic seeker and paper mill worker — moves into a new apartment with his outwardly self-assured and womanizing friend, Perry, and begins an epic struggle of love, hate, and self preservation. Events take a peculiar turn as Palmer befriends an iconoclastic co-worker, Billy Boy, and plunges head-long into the mysterious and sinister world of sorcery, psychological operations, subterranean organizations, wild goose chases, and self discovery. Palmer is warned that before any semblance of order is restored to his world there will be more chaos and there’s probably nothing he can do about it, but that doesn’t stop him from trying! Joe Daly single handedly conceived his own ruminative slacker genre, and Highbone Theater is its artistic apotheosis, drawn in a style that is a cross between Charles Burns and Herr Seele, told with artist’s patented leisurely rhythms, a hilarious and poignant adventure epic.

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