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Little Ego

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Vittorio Giardino
Publisher: NBM

Commentary

Do you get those panic attacks born of the realization that, while you may be a good person (whatever that means), you are in no way extraordinary, your life is wholly without significance, you own nothing of value (despite eight thousand dollars in credit card debt), the only men you respect are dead or fictional and unless you stumble face-first into an ice-pick lobotomy you will die broke, alone and probably fat, too. Do you get those?

Don't those suck?

You know what helps me? Pretty things. Yep. I like to put on a dress and carry a tiny handbag and go to the Frick and look at girly little paintings by Boucher. I feel like Holly Golightly at Tiffany's - nothing bad can happen to me surrounded by pale blue and pink and gold and pictures of naughty shepherdesses, innocent and wicked, blushing madly as they raise their skirts.

If you can't get to the Frick and reprints of Boucher don't do it for you, I recommend LITTLE EGO. I suppose you could describe it as an "erotic take on Winsor McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland" and be correct. It is, after all, a comic strip about a pretty girl's dirty dreams and McCay's style is referenced in line, color and even panel shape. So you could call it an "erotic take on Little Nemo in Slumberland" and be correct.

But I wish you wouldn't. The word "erotic" isn't quite right, see? "Erotic" smells like musk. If LITTLE EGO had a smell it would smell like ice cream and yellow. If it had a taste it would taste like sherbet. (It doesn't have a taste, by the way. It looks like it does, but it doesn't. Just trust me on this one.) And while Winsor McCay's work is beautiful and important and everyone should look at it if they have a chance, it's not NECESSARY in order for one to appreciate LITTLE EGO. All you need for that is the desire to shake off a bad day and a predilection for naughtiness. A cup of tea and a comfy couch wouldn't hurt, but they're not required.

-- Kelly Sue DeConnick

 
Kelly Sue DeConnick relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Kansas City, MO, where she lives with her husband and artbomb.net colleague, Matt Fraction. Kelly Sue writes the English adaptations of several manga titles published by Tokyopop and Viz. She can be found on the web at kellysue.com.

 


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