Just over a year on from his debut comics anthology, Joe Kessler is back with the second edition of Windowpane, another surreal foray into a world of sexual exploration, existential crisis and the speed-carving of chess pieces. Just like last time Joe’s been generous with the number of stories on offer and the richness of imagery too; you’re as likely to get lost in the detail of each panel as you are in the overall narratives.
As any long-term collectors of Joe’s work will know (I’ve been collecting for a few years now as it happens), these anthologies link visually, taking you on a strange journey from the first to last page, occasionally losing you in some alternative reality for a while before bringing you back to earth for the climax; in this instance a standing ovation from a concert-hall crowd comprised of the artist’s own ecstatic face congratulating you for hanging on until the final curtain.
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