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My Dirty Dumb Eyes 

by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Picture this: apes sprouting flowers from every orifice; a person made out of a pancake offering therapy to a “half deerdog, half pony;” a wild turkey wearing a “rock ’n’ roll mixed tape bonnet;” a dove dressed up like Prince with the caption, “When doves cry;” questionable uses for wedding registry items; sections like “How We Can Tell When Martha Stewart’s Drunk,” “What Do Dogs Want,” “The Secret Lives of Chefs” and my personal favourite, “Tips for Living with a Significant Other” (which includes sexual positions like “The Lukewarm Lie-Down” and “The Leave-in Conditioner”); lots of rabid-looking animals dressed like people; cars with intestines; illustrated responses to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Bachelor. There is no doubt Lisa Hanawalt is an incredibly talented artist with a uniquely disturbing window on the world. Injecting the mundane with the surreal and absurd, this collection of hilarious cartoons is a visual feast.

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