the blue flame

Comic Heroes - - State Of Independents - Story and Art by Rees Fin­lay kick­­lay/the-blue-flame-an-au­to­bi­og­ra­phy

A can­did au­to­bi­og­ra­phy - of sorts – from writer/ il­lus­tra­tor Rees Fin­lay, The Blue Flame takes a post-modern, pot­ted his­tory of its au­thor and lays bare his soul in the process. Start­ing at the arse end of his life, the nar­ra­tive takes a jig­saw ap­proach to his days that piece to­gether to­wards a touch­ing and grip­ping cli­max.

A po­etic tale that ex­plores lit­eral chap­ters of the au­thor’s years in a bid to make sense of his life choices, it’s an adult story of both re­gret and ru­mi­na­tion. Mer­ci­fully, it avoids the typ­i­cal pit­falls of artis­tic ego­tism. Meta and self-ab­sorbed, cer­tainly, but its con­fes­sional man­ner is re­fresh­ingly self­dep­re­ca­tory and laugh-out-loud funny in places. Very few other writ­ers would be able to be this bold or up­front about their per­ceived fail­ures through­out their lives, and we should be grate­ful to him for it. Rees, it’s been emo­tional.

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