Folly

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October 2012

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“Puzzling, engrossing, and disturbing storytelling.” – Ray Olson, Booklist

Lovers of art comics know Hans Rickheit from his smashing graphic novel
The Squirrel Machine (2008), but Rickheit has, for over a decade, been producing his own self-published comics, reaching into the deepest cupboards of the back-mind and culling these strange artifacts. He has been a basement-dweller, gallery troll, and a purveyor of forbidden notions.

Originally distributed into the world as Xeroxed pamphlets, these “underground comix” reflect the true nature of its nomenclature: Here are the archeological findings of the subterranean ruins of the psyche. Finally, these scattered elements have been compiled into a compact, lushly illustrated bedside reader.

Give your cerebellum a tug and become a spelunker of the subconscious as we trespass among the scorched archaic wastelands of the offspring of apes and fools. Here we find the profane, beautiful progeny of prurient ideals. Immerse yourself in the nocturnal meanderings of unnamed protagonists. Ponder the uncomfortable sexuality of the twins, Cochlea & Eustachia. Recoil at the doings of a dwarfish malefactor in "Hail Jeffrey," or simply stare at the pretty pictures. Suffice to say that readers of
The Squirrel Machine will not be disappointed.

The author instructs you not misuse this tome. Poke it gently with a long stick, if you must. Careful, it might ruin the carpet. Placate it with a belly-rub or sweet pastry before it attacks the children. Don’t worry, your tongue won’t stick. If it fits, don’t shove it in too quickly. Keep it as your own cherished object; a shameful, guarded secret. The filter for reality’'s blinding glare. Detritus of the Under-Brain. The Unspeakable Thing You Always Knew.

Folly: The Consequences of Indiscretion. By one of the most inscrutable and discomfiting cartoonists alive.

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Paste Magazine

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“A gorgeous but uncomfortable collection.” – Garrett Martin

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“The frighteningly hilarious world of Rickheit’s graphic novel is a deranged cabinet of curiosities, full of biomechanical tanks, writhing organic matter, amorphous monsters birthing adorable kittens, men and women in animal masks, and countless tubes, gas masks, sex toys, and pseudo-Victorian apocalyptic landscapes … The result is a narrative mosaic that pairs sumptuous, horrific imagery against a strange but lighthearted sense of humor.”

The AV Club

•Pop-culture website

“With a drawing style that resembles Jason Lutes and Charles Burns, and a storytelling style similar to Jim Woodring and Al Columbia, Rickheit excels in making nightmares lucid.”