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Real Stuff

Credits: Written by Dennis Eichhorn and Illustrated by various artists
Publisher: Swifty Morales Press

Commentary

When it comes to autobio comics, there's the cranky magic of Harvey Pekar, the gutbusting self-revelation of Crumb, the bleary-eyed beat romance of Eddie Campbell... and not a whole hell of a lot else. You can fill streets with the autobio comics of people who haven't had a life worth talking about or the skill to explicate those few moments when they weren't a waste of good air.

But, thank God, someone's put Dennis Eichhorn back into print.

Hunter Thompson once said, and I paraphrase, "You want to know what Gonzo is? Ask Eichhorn." For years, he was pretty much the only autobio comics guy not writing about his crappy job or jerking off. He's burned through a few marriages and millions of brain cells, collected a mass of scar tissue, had three guys' share of crazy girlfriends, and documented it all in comics. And the possible man-sweat overload is cut hard by his honesty. He's pretty aware of being a stupid bastard. But, hey, he got the stories out of it. And they're good, funny, poignant and real stories.

I'm glad Dennis Eichhorn is back.

-- Warren Ellis

 
Warren Ellis has written around thirty graphic novels, comics, prose fiction, journalism, videogames and screenplays. Sometimes he take photographs. He also creates and co-creates websites, including this one. He has awards and stuff, he's been in big magazines and newspapers, and he's been published in Nature, which he always mentions because it makes him laugh. He's on the web at warrenellis.com and diepunyhumans.com.

 


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