Crash course : if you want to get away with murder buy a car

by Phoenix, Woodrow,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
This book demands each of us look in the mirror and get real before we get behind the wheel.

When fragile human bodies have to occupy the same spaces as big, heavy, complex machines that can travel at high speeds, the outcome is inevitable. Some people will die. So why do we identify with the driver in the car rather than the person they have killed? Would you still shrug and chalk it up to random bad luck if that dead person was someone you loved?

Using the comic book format, this book vehemently dispels the notion that traffic accidents are inevitable and/or acceptable on any level, insisting that drivers own their responsibility, and consider the consequences of careless and dangerous behavior. It is part thought experiment, part testimonial, and part indictment of a dysfunctional transit environment that puts convenience for drivers ahead of logic, natural resources, and even ahead of human life. Crash Course questions the decisions that shape all our lives. Why don't roads serve everyone who needs to use them? What makes some people not worth protecting? Where do we start in fixing a broken system that facilitates the use of vehicles as murder weapons in places like Charlottesville, VA?
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This urgent treatise by Phoenix (Rumble Strip) decries the mortal threat posed by errant drivers and a dysfunctional automobile-centric society. The graphic essay is composed of declarations ("the causal link between action and consequence is unhooked in a way that would be considered psychotic in any other area of our lives") spooled over empty street scenes and repetitive sequences of white roadway arrows painted on highways. Phoenix rails against the arrogance of consumers, carmakers, and government leaders who protect drivers over pedestrians; the dangers of self-driving cars; and the inequity in risk to drivers, themselves, exposed in the deadly police shootings of African-Americans during traffic stops. Accusations are punctuated by alarming statistics, such as a rise in bike fatalities in New York City, despite recent changes in urban planning to make the city more foot- and bike-friendly. The reliance on blacktop visuals can become as monotonous as a long drive, though rarer spreads--such as of a pedestrian fatality depicted with stick figures--or a sobering rendering of a makeshift memorial on a curbside where a cyclist was killed, lend emotional impact. The psychoanalysis of narcissistic drivers sometimes loses sight of larger societal forces and counter arguments (did urban sprawl outpace mass transit expansion, for example). This is a resolute protest against vehicular deaths as a silent epidemic, though its impact is ironically buckled-in by static visuals. Agent: Louise Pritchard Assoc. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Traffic accidents -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Automobiles -- Social aspects -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Wrongful death -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Manslaughter -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York :2020
Other Titles Rumble strip
Language English
Notes "Crash course is an extensively revised and updated version of Rumble strip, originally published by Myriad Editions, Brighton, England in 2009"--Colophon.
Description 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 202-207).
ISBN 9781951491017
1951491017
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