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Inner city romance

by Colwell, Guy, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-FICTION COLWELL Guy
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Graphic Novels

Guy Colwell's 1970s underground comic book series Inner City Romance tread new territory: it was filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings Colwell created at the time. In an accompanying text piece, Colwell provides context for the material.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Colwell has spent most of his career as a painter, firmly rooted in the heart of the counterculture. (He worked as a courtroom sketch artist in the trial of Patti Hearst, for instance.) Produced between 1972 and 1978, these comics reveal a deep awareness of the era: stories filled with unease, disintegration, hope, and a yearning to escape-either to bed, just to get laid or high, or else to some New Age paradise, free of despair and loneliness. Some stories are dated, as is the more psychedelic art. In "Radical Rock," an impending tragedy at a concert-a bust by the "pigs"-is told in rhyme, which now seems fairly corny, yet Colwell captures the desperation to communicate and to be heard, surrounded by forces of law that are trying to clamp down and smother these voices. An added bonus is the gallery of Colwell's paintings that explores race, sex, and power, including a 2004 painting depicting the abuse at Abu Ghraib, which caused an uproar and led to an attack on the manager of the gallery where it was displayed. Erotic, violent, and trippy, these are counterculture comix that still have bite. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Sex -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Inner cities -- Comic books, strips, etc.
African Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Race relations -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Social problems -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Interracial dating -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Ex-convicts -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Community organization -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Police misconduct -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Prisoners -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Public housing -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Underground comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Seattle, WA :2015
Edition First Fantagraphics Books edition.
Language English
Notes Comics originally published 1972-1978.
Description xvi, 191 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
ISBN 9781606998137
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