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L-R, Charles Burns, Chip Kidd and Chris Ware - L-R) Charles Burns, Chip Kidd and Chris Ware Saturday 17th November 2012 attends the 2012 Miami Book Fair International at Miami Dade College Wolfson campus

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Fear(s) Of The Dark Review


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Animation anthologies generally have a tough time of it in theaters, usually ending up as grab-bag vehicles of grotesquerie and humor that play only the festival circuit and the occasional arthouse. It's a strange situation that short subject animation should have become so fringe, given the central place that five-minute cartoons hold in the childhood of nearly every red-blooded American. Maybe in the end it's because most anthologies of this kind never have much of an organizing principle beyond gathering the best work from the past year. If it hadn't been subtitled, the horrific tales contained in Fear(s) of the Dark might have been what it took to take the genre mainstream.

There are six stories strung together here with not much accounting for differences in tonality, though they all share a particular sense of low and thrumming dread. The one most recognizable to an American audience is the first segment, drawn by Charles Burns, one of the most solid pillars of the domestic graphic novel world. Also the most plot-driven of the film's stories, Burns' is a Twilight Zone-esque account of a lonely young student's infatuation first with bugs and then with the flirtatious woman in the library. The two prove not to mix well in a body-invasion scenario straight out of the Cronenberg playbook. Burns' lush black-and-white artwork has a dramatic starkness that gives it the feel of a lost 1950s B-movie, all mashed up with the adolescent alienation and violent sexuality that's permeated his graphic novels like Black Hole.

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Comic Book Confidential Review


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Are you really into comic books? Really really? Like Kevin Smith-really into comic books?

If you answered yes to all three questions, you'll love Comic Book Confidential -- presuming you haven't seen it at some point in the last 14 years. Now available on DVD, the documentary lightly traces the history of the comic book medium since its inception, complete with stories about censorship, underground comics, parody, women's issues, and the various genre changes the medium went through.

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