Comic, James Lee, 16 pgs, james.henry.lee@hot­

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An un­usual piece of sur­re­al­ist slop, James Lee’s Cock­rat­ice is a cu­ri­ous jour­ney into the realm of WTF. Like Juras­sic Park crossed with a KLF video (but to­tally like nei­ther), this comic con­founds in mean­ing or pur­pose. That’s OK. In lieu, the reader gets a chance to de­ci­pher its mean­ing and likely get lost in the process and try to read be­tween the lines even though there are very, very few lines. Lee does a good job at keep­ing things ab­stract. It seems maybe this comic takes place in the af­ter­life (or an af­ter­life) but some of the im­agery is ac­tu­ally quite lu­cid and mun­dane in its re­al­ity. Too alive to be dead, I guess. Oth­er­wise, there are creepy druids hang­ing out in forests, some kiss­ing, a church, a xy­lo­phone and much more. Seems like a cen­tral theme might be se­cu­rity and specif­i­cally, the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of youth and of love. That could purely be an in­ter­pre­ta­tion though be­cause noth­ing at all is ob­vi­ous. It wouldn’t work it is was and it’d be far less in­ter­est­ing and way more stupid. Any­one pick­ing up Cock­rat­ice is just gonna have to deal with it and en­joy the heap of con­fu­sion it pro­vides. (Cam Gor­don)

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