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A Preview of Beasts and Priests, by Jim Blanchard
posted March 5, 2006
 

You may think of Jim Blanchard as the inker behind Peter Bagge's legendary alt-comix run of Hate, or even as the subject of several cartoons in one of its final issues. If you're lucky, you've read some of Blanchard's comics like the recent Trucker Fags in Denial, a handsomely illustrated and frequently hilarious wallow in the pathetic parts of a side of America the vast majority of cartoonists don't have any idea exists. But if you're really fortunate, you've experienced some of Blanchard's portraiture in either live gallery shows or through his own self-published offerings. No matter the medium -- which as you can see below includes stickers -- Blanchard can seize on the enthralling qualities of decidedly unglamorous subjects in a way that was rare in 1960s and 1970s and is almost non-existent now.

In April's Beasts and Priests (64 pages, $9.95, 1560977035), Fantagraphics gives Blanchard a bookstore-ready, paperback showcase, and the resulting work more than justifies the opportunity.

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