Mo­bile Treat­ments

Comic, Aisha Franz, 24 pgs, Nieves,

Broken Pencil - - Zine Reviews -

Spas. We all need to go to one, but no­body’s got the time or money for that. Thank­fully, Aisha Franz, the Ger­man artist be­hind Earth­ling and the forth­com­ing Shit is Real presents the ul­ti­mate so­lu­tion: a spa for your pocket, a col­lec­tion of Mo­bile Treat­ments.

Mo­bile Treat­ments is a quick read , with each page of the zine be­ing a new and sep­a­rate treat­ment for its down­trod­den and spa-re­quir­ing pro­tag­o­nist. Re­lax in the steam room with ear­shaped chairs. Poke, rub, pet, knead, fold, stretch, and press your body. Sweat. Sweat more. Get a mas­sage, hold that pose. Franz cap­tures the un­spo­ken and ridicu­lous el­e­ments of the spa ex­pe­ri­ence, with each of the treat­ments un­der­taken by the name­less pro­tag­o­nist ap­pear­ing just as un­com­fort­able as it is re­lax­ing. It’s a mad dash to re­lax, the en­tire ex­pe­ri­ence it­self look­ing more stress­ful than what­ever it may have been that drove one to the spa in the first place. It’s brief and hi­lar­i­ous. The ex­act op­po­site of the long and se­ri­ous (err… re­lax­ing…) ex­pe­ri­ence that is go­ing to the spa. Why sit in mud when you can pull Mo­bile Treat­ments out of your pocket. Why get a mas­sage when you can flip through pages. It’s zine ther­apy. I’ve never felt bet­ter. (Gra­ham Sig­urd­son)

dis­ap­pear. I could turn the han­dle on the blinds and put out the light.”

A sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the comic also fea­tures his mother, and in later sec­tions, Kare­maker’s part­ner, Priscilla. The comic show­cases the po­ten­tial for fam­ily to be fun­da­men­tal in com­bat­ing feel­ings of alien­ation. Kare­maker re­calls pic­nick­ing with his mom at lunch: “she ar­rived early and set up the pic­nic with my younger brother[.] She knew that I was in need of some kind of sanc­tu­ary and she pro­vided it for me there, in the grass.” Kare­maker’s comic draws to­gether an in­ter­sec­tion be­tween the vast­ness of our spa­ces, the ex­pe­ri­ence of alien­ation, and the com­fort we build within them. Over­all, Feast of Fields rep­re­sents the deft­ness of a great writer and il­lus­tra­tor to trans­late highly per­sonal anec­dotes into a valu­able read­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. A truly great read and a promis­ing start to this au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal comic series. (Jean Mathew)

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