Monday, June 12, 2006

My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable

It’s hard to pinpoint the appeal of this graphic novel by David Rees. It appears to have been made using stock art or clip images; the artwork has the same repetitive, bland quality of the images often found in office manuals. There are no developed characters, and no discernible storyline. These elements come together to create a weird kind of draw to this book about office culture. Workers fawn over meaningless bar graphs, and someone is apparently stealing generic printouts for their intrinsic value. The effect is like that of listening to a joke without a punchline: Not entirely satisfying, but not without its merits, either. It’s an unusual, and brief, read.


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