Jeff Jensen
October 13, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Drawn and Quarterly

Current Status
In Season
Comic Novels, Coffee Table

We gave it an A

Drawn and Quarterly, an anthology of foreign and out-of-the-mainstream cartoonists is like an avant-garde multiplex: sometimes pretentious, sometimes revelatory, always interesting. This latest volume, the third, is the most consistently enjoyable yet. ”Dostoyevsky Comics” by R. Sikoryak recasts Crime and Punishment as a Bob Kane Batman comic — or is it the other way around? Either way, it’s a provocative collision. Franco Matticchio’s ”The Pillow” is a surreal charmer about a horny pillow that sneaks off on his half-man/half-cat owner for some late-night nooky. Michel Rabagliati’s ”Paul Apprentice Typographer” is a minor-chord masterpiece, a touching father/son tale that never hits a mawkish note. Only his second work in comics, Rabagliati’s briskly paced story brims with quirky touches. Yet the epiphany comes from a tribute to Gasoline Alley creator Frank King. The strips reflect an inventiveness on a par with masters like Winsor McCay and Will Eisner but rarely attempted today. A

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