“I like to watch Trump because he takes my mind off stuff,” says a 1-percenter in Gary Shteyngart’s “Lake Success,” the summer after the election. “No matter what happens personally, there’s this much greater disaster taking place.” Shteyngart and a handful of novelists are already processing the psychic aftermath of Election Day, 2016. Of course, “what happens personally” can’t be so easily separated from the fire and fury emanating from the White House, a point made in James Sturm’s wrenching OFF SEASON (Drawn & Quarterly, .95) and Elly Lonon and Joan Reilly’s AMONGST THE LIBERAL ELITE (powerHouse Books, .95). Both graphic novels were partially serialized online; the jump from screen to page has been quick enough that the way we live now is pretty much the way we lived then.
Alex and Michael, the white heterosexual couple in “Amongst the Liberal Elite,” have framed a summer road trip as an act of resistance, one of many absurdities in this overflowing satire. Their idea of getting in touch with Middle America is to eat at Cracker Barrel, visit every town claiming to have the World’s Largest Frying Pan, and upload their adventures to Instagram with a blizzard of hashtags. The pair idolizes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Stewart and Elena “Legs” Kagan, and uses “Sweet Stormy Daniels!” as an oath.
Lonon published the first of Alex and Michael’s madcap, almost stream-of-consciousness dialogues on the McSweeney’s website, without illustrations, in February 2017. (The series, currently at 27 installments, is still running.) Reilly’s drawings, which recall Alison Bechdel’s decisive linework, are new to the book; they conjure geographical reality and turn the disembodied voices into actual characters. The rapid-fire banter can at times reach “Gilmore Girls” density, each page crammed with zingers finely tuned for the almond-milk-sipping set. Alex recalls an afternoon “as enjoyable as a Terry Gross cameo on ‘Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.’” When Michael puts a slimming filter on pictures of their cat, suspecting she’s put on a few pounds, Alex slams him for “gaslighting.” (He blames his passing misogyny on gluten.) Anyone who’s ever thought the title might apply to them will laugh, while also resolving not to be such a cliché in the future.
Mark, the narrator of James Sturm’s “Off Season,” wouldn’t classify himself as elite, liberal or otherwise. He’s a builder in Vermont, going through a personal crisis just as the presidential campaign enters the home stretch. “It’s hard to believe it was only three months ago that Lisa and I were together and both for Bernie,” he notes in the first chapter, which originally appeared on Slate in September 2016, with Election Day on the horizon. Separation from his wife means getting his own apartment, which means selling his truck, which means working for contractors like Mick, perpetually late with the check and with a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on his BMW station wagon.
The class conflict is palpable. With Sanders out of the running, Mark isn’t sure whom to support. His wife knocks on doors for Clinton, but their marital split (she’s “got the house, the rich parents, and plenty of time”) sours his view of the candidate. (Hillary’s campaign slogan, “Stronger Together,” gives the chapter its ironic title.) “Not that I’d vote for Trump,” he tells himself. “But at least he’s his own man.” When their young daughter, Suzie, tells him he has to choose, he just says: “I did pick someone.” End of conversation.
Divided into 13 emotionally stunning chapters, its gorgeous blue-gray ink washes evoking the New England winter, “Off Season” is a revelation. Sturm’s earlier graphic novels, “The Golem’s Mighty Swing” (2001) and “Market Day” (2010), are set safely in the past. “Off Season” is the more vital work, a seamless contemporary take on economic despair, political confusion and the challenges of parenting. Mark’s dislike of Clinton would make his story a nonstarter for Alex and Michael, but he lives in a reality that they barely graze as they zip around the country taking selfies. “Would anything have changed anything?” Mark wonders, reflecting on missteps in his marriage; the words resonate, seeming to encompass the country as a whole.
“Off Season” includes chapters that weren’t in the original online serialization, as well as smaller adjustments. The most telling tweak is to the last frame of a six-panel chapter entitled “It’s Not Over.” Mark is leaving a message for Lisa the day after the election, sincerely upset for her. In its original form, each of the last four panels carries one sentence: “I hope you’re all right. Call me, O.K.? I love you. It’s going to be all right.” The book version cuts the last one. Instead, Sturm gives us a panel of silence, Mark with the phone to his ear.
The visual aspect of comics makes them particularly well suited to capturing our digital lives. If Instagram is the inane god Alex and Michael propitiate in “Amongst the Liberal Elite,” Facebook is a sort of demonic secret sharer in “Off Season,” drawing out our worst impulses. A child care issue, post-inauguration, escalates in Mark criticizing Lisa: “I don’t have the luxury of spending all day on Facebook planning the revolution.” Later Mark falls into a dark text spiral while trying to get hold of well-heeled Mick for an overdue check (“What’s going on??” “Any day now”); he blows up when he sees Mick’s status update: “Flew out to Vineyard for a steak dinner and the Avett Brothers with my buddy Ron. 3rd row!” In one cruelly believable panel, Sturm identifies a tech-driven source of populist rage.
In the book’s single glimpse of Trump — a frame from a televised debate — he’s depicted as a literal pig. The grotesque drawing is all the more shocking because it reminds the reader (some 50 pages in) that Sturm has drawn all the characters in “Off Season” as animals — dogs, specifically. (It’s perhaps no coincidence that Americans appear as dogs in Art Spiegelman’s “Maus.”) At one point, Mark recalls listening to a theater troupe describe how “using animals as stand-ins is as old as storytelling … As an actor, it’s liberating to wear the mask.” The reader, too, falls under a spell: The soulful faces of Sturm’s nonhuman, all-too-human characters ask us to withhold judgment, hear out the other sides of the story.
Which is not the M.O. of SEPTEMBER 12TH AND OTHER STORIES (Kilgore Books, ), Robert Sergel’s killer pamphlet from last July. The scabrous one-pager “Future Presidents” features nine putrid possibilities for the country’s highest office, now that the bar has been lowered; “Infected Robert Durst Hangnail” is perhaps the only one that can be printed here. (The contrast between Sergel’s antiseptic style and his partisan disgust is half the joke.) “The Best Eight Seconds of Every Day” needs just six panels to inscribe itself upon the brain. The title is the punchline, identifying the paradisiacal sliver of time between waking up and one’s first conscious thought about the rage-machine-in-chief. If you find a copy, you know what to do: Sergel’s comics have just the right dimensions for a self-righteous, heart-grabbing Instagram post.B:
【李】【文】【杰】【醒】【过】【来】【时】，【已】【经】【是】【两】【天】【之】【后】，【他】【伤】【的】【比】【较】【重】，【服】【用】【了】【灵】【液】，【伤】【势】【是】【好】【了】【七】【七】【八】【八】，【但】【是】【身】【体】【还】【是】【很】【虚】【弱】。 【李】【福】【高】【兴】【道】：“【少】【爷】，【你】【醒】【了】。” 【李】【文】【杰】【道】：“【李】【福】，【是】【你】【救】【了】【我】【吗】？” 【李】【福】【道】：“【回】【少】【爷】，【是】【小】【鸟】【从】【岳】【阳】【飞】【手】【上】【救】【了】【你】。” 【李】【文】【文】【道】：“【看】【来】，【我】【猜】【的】【不】【错】，【那】【个】【偷】【袭】【我】【的】【面】【具】【人】【就】
【沐】【沧】【冷】【冷】【的】【看】【着】【皇】【甫】【政】【被】【人】【扣】【住】，【慢】【慢】【的】【走】【过】【来】，【每】【一】【步】【都】【像】【是】【踏】【在】【他】【的】【心】【口】【之】【上】，【一】【步】【又】【一】【步】，【踩】【碎】【他】【得】【心】【脏】。 “【你】【以】【为】，【你】【那】【所】【谓】【的】【计】【划】【能】【成】【功】。”【沐】【沧】【轻】【声】【说】【道】。 【他】【们】，【打】【过】【很】【多】【无】【把】【握】【的】【仗】，【却】【从】【来】【没】【有】【打】【过】【这】【么】【有】【把】【握】【的】【仗】。【皇】【甫】【政】【在】【首】【都】【星】【上】【的】【布】【局】【他】【们】【可】【能】【还】【没】【有】【那】【么】【的】【清】【楚】，【但】【是】【他】【想】【对】【沐】【岚】
“【守】【护】【雕】【像】【的】【制】【造】【科】【技】！” 【李】【汉】【强】【想】【起】【了】【【大】【议】【长】【坎】【尔】【森】【的】【守】【护】【雕】【像】】【和】【【传】【奇】【战】【士】【萨】【尔】【贡】【的】【守】【护】【雕】【像】】，【心】【中】【若】【有】【所】【悟】。 “【想】【来】【大】【议】【长】【坎】【尔】【森】【和】【传】【奇】【战】【士】【萨】【尔】【贡】【是】【将】【意】【念】【投】【射】【到】【了】【守】【护】【雕】【像】【上】，【这】【不】【就】【是】【远】【程】【监】【控】【么】？【守】【护】【雕】【像】【还】【能】【说】【话】，【能】【放】【技】【能】，【只】【是】【不】【能】【移】【动】【而】【已】，【这】【个】【有】【意】【思】【啊】！【而】【且】【全】【职】【业】【通】【用】，六喝彩2014开奖结果【自】【主】【品】【牌】【能】【走】【多】【远】，【看】【看】【上】【汽】【通】【用】【五】【菱】【就】【知】【道】。【从】"【神】【车】"【辈】【出】，【到】【走】【向】【世】【界】【的】【舞】【台】，【发】【展】【多】【款】【全】【球】【车】【型】，【上】【汽】【通】【用】【五】【菱】【凭】【借】【着】【强】【大】【的】【造】【车】【实】【力】，【让】【旗】【下】【的】【车】【型】【成】【功】【地】【走】【出】【去】。【其】【中】，【就】【有】【备】【受】【人】【们】【喜】【爱】【的】【宝】【骏】530。
【神】【枪】【手】【四】【连】【的】【这】【个】【夜】【晚】，【是】【激】【动】【兴】【奋】【和】【其】【他】【情】【绪】【交】【织】【中】【陷】【入】【梦】【乡】【的】。 【萧】【辰】【打】【破】【的】【不】【仅】【仅】【是】【一】【个】【三】【十】【公】【里】【急】【行】【军】【的】【记】【录】，【而】【是】【神】【枪】【手】【四】【连】【官】【兵】【心】【中】【对】【萧】【辰】【的】【偏】【见】【和】【抱】【怨】。【从】【某】【种】【意】【义】【上】【讲】，【老】【黑】【所】【说】【的】【萧】【辰】【巴】【不】【得】【林】【康】【那】【样】【做】，【也】【确】【实】【存】【在】【他】【的】【道】【理】。 【林】【康】【带】【的】【那】【个】【班】，【回】【来】【的】【路】【上】【不】【少】【战】【士】【都】【在】【担】【心】【林】【康】【今】【后】【的】
【番】【外】：【莫】【金】【子】【的】【成】【长】【日】【记】。 【一】、 【诸】【位】【好】，【我】【叫】【莫】【金】【子】，【就】【是】【黄】【金】【的】【那】【个】【金】【子】。 【为】【什】【么】【会】【叫】【金】【子】【呢】？ 【因】【为】【麻】【麻】【说】【一】【个】【月】【大】【的】【时】【候】，【最】【喜】【欢】【就】【是】【扯】【金】【项】【链】【玩】？ 【惊】【不】【惊】【喜】，【意】【不】【意】【外】？ 【虽】【然】【我】【很】【想】【要】【吐】【槽】，【为】【什】【么】【要】【给】【我】【取】【如】【此】【俗】【气】【的】【名】【字】！ 【每】【次】【想】【要】【抗】【议】，【可】【看】【到】【被】【霸】【霸】【护】【在】【怀】【中】【的】【麻】【麻】，【我】
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