Comic book, 2010

BodyWorld was a much buzzed-about webcomic that built a lot of excitement for it’s print release. But when the print edition came out, that excitement seemed to fizzle. When I first started reading the print edition, I thought I could see why; I thought the airier, lighter format of the web served the fun story better, and that by placing it in a large tome the plot couldn’t support it’s literal weight. Not to mention that the vertical format of the book (touted as “innovative” in the author’s own handwriting on the cover) makes it hard to easily hold and read, frequently removing you from the narrative. But the further I got into the book, the more I became involved in the story and the themes revealed themselves to me. Pretty pictures, silly plot, layered themes. 4

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