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Lenore: Noogies (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Roman Dirge
Publisher: Slave Labor Graphics


LENORE is about a cute little dead girl, and you really don't need to know much more beyond that to understand why it was one of the biggest breakout successes among independent comics in the nineties. It's one of those books to which people like to say, "I don't read comics, but I read LENORE." So, it's no surprise that you might have better luck finding a copy of it in an alternative record or book shop then your local comics store.

NOOGIES is the first collection of LENORE short stories, and most of them are quick one or two page nuggets that dart along like drive-by shootings. A typical LENORE story finds her handling something alive and cuddly, like a baby or a hamster, which by story's end, isn't alive anymore (but is still cuddly). It was the bit with the heartless boy tossing his grandpa in the fire, though, that really did it for me.

LENORE is a nursery rhyme gone wrong, and may be the funniest gag book going in comics. I suspect that its author, Roman Dirge, is probably the nicest guy in the world. It's always the nice ones that think of stuff like this.

-- Peter Aaron Rose

Peter Aaron Rose is a writer, producer and technologist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Under the pseudonym "Peter Siegel", he recently authored Killing Demons, a graphic novel available from Engine Press and Platinum Studios.


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