Pure Pajamas by Marc Bell

Pure Pajamas
by Marc Bell
Drawn & Quarterly, 2011

Delightful, intricate and somewhat melancholy. Bell is a fan of the “big feet” style popularized by E. C. Segar’s Popeye and revived by Robert Crumb, and this book is full of the adventures of gentle, bumbling characters moving gingerly through environments populated by tiny antagonists. There’s also a section where he illustrates songs by David Bowie (Fashion) and Mark E. Smith (I’m into C.B.).

It’s an immersive universe with details and tiny text crammed into every space – if you like the concept of tiny pet balonies, creatures who unexpectedly pop open to reveal smaller creatures operating them from the inside, and complicated 16-step nose re-modeling, this is for you.

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