Monday, November 19, 2007

Ivan "Sad Bastard" Brunetti Loves Misery and Comedy

The OverDrone can remember the first time he read an Ivan Brunetti book. The year was 1995 and The OverDrone was living above a Polish bakery on the South side of Chicago.
Chicago was a hotbed of comic book activity at the time. Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes and the aforementioned Mr Brunetti were all living there and comics hadn't been so hot since the debut of Love and Rockets.
Once a month The OverDrone would break into his change jar and make the trip North to Quimby's. The hardest part was always choosing what to buy from the zines, the oddball magazines and the beautiful, glorious, non-superhero comics.
Anyways, The OverDrone happened to purchase Schizo #1 on one of those trips. Reading it that night The OverDrone knew he was in the presence of genius. The very next day The OverDrone returned to Quimby's to purchase the second issue and was not disappointed.
The misery, the grime and the horrible banality of modern life are contained in the three issues of Schizo. Why did Ivan Brunetti stop there? Judging by the contents of the three extant issues it is a wonder that he did not stop before he even began.
Misery Loves Comedy, a beautifully bound hardback, collects the three issues of Schizo. Each issue is a pustulous pit of despair and the three together are an acne scarred face crying tears of vodka and salt.
Ivan Brunetti

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