Let Us Be Perfectly Clear


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$15.99 •







June 2006


At least 20% off the print price!

“This collection of Hornschemeier's short comics pieces displays the artist's enormous visual range … as well as his consistently bitter, deadpan writing.” – Publishers Weekly

Let Us Be Perfectly Clear
is a collection of Paul Hornschemeier's full-color short stories and shows off his playful experimental side and his protean stylistic verve. Perfectly Clear brings back into print stories that Hornschemeier published prior to his Three Paradoxes Fantagraphics debut from a variety of sources – his own self-published Forlorn Funnies, as well as strips that originally appeared in independent magazines and papers.

The book is divided into two, with one half featuring comedic work (or as comedic as Hornschemeier's mind allows), and the other decidedly more morose. With almost every page, we see a new style, a new direction; with the resultant effect being that of an anthology by creators of vastly contrasting sensibilities.

On the "funny" menu, we are treated to Dr. Rodentia (an unfortunate-looking fellow with only apathy as his weapon), a detailed artist's catalogue exploring such modern masterpieces as "Accidental Late-Night Sex With a Radiator," musings on the cancerous nature of civilization as observed by a deceased cat and a cotton-based airbus, the scatological "Feelings Check," the ever pathetic Vanderbilt Millions and his fantasies of self-worth, and the multi-narrative story that started the Forlorn Funnies comics series: "The Men and Women of the Television."

Clearly, there is a fine line in the Hornschemeier lexicon between funny and morose. On our "forlorn" plate we are served the cold examination of the dyslexic narcoleptic and his bungled plans of murder, a sea creature's balancing of morality and sustenance, the Western romance "Wanted," a metal man's self-destructive search for meaning, and the story the alternative website
Ain't It Cool News describes as delivering "a complicated mixture of disgust and pity."

Let Us Be Perfectly Clear demonstrates Paul Hornschemeier's versatility and breadth in a book that will appeal to connoisseurs of contemporary, cutting-edge cartoons and graphic novels.




•Graphic novel review site

“The design is faultless; the artistry is clean but deeply considered; the humour black, but not so far beyond mirth that it can’t muster a giggle. In fact, we struggle to come up with a better description than Hornschemeier’s own Forlorn Funnies.”

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•Comic and graphic novel shop

“These daydreams are shown as daily strips at first ending in comedic pain as he shows his intentions towards his crush, later becoming a bizarre sequence reminiscent of Chester Brown's early work, as his fantasy is invaded by his young wife's needy hysterics. It's a great visual analogy for a relationship with a large age gap.”

The AV Club

•Pop-culture website

“Some of Hornschemeier's stories, like the lurid "These Trespassing Vehicles" and the abstract "Men And Women Of The Television," are show-offy and undisciplined; others, like the pointed "The World Will Never Be The Same" and the creepy "Return Of The Elephant," use elision and a flat drawing style to make the ordinary seem exotic and unsettling … He could become one of the greats.” – Noel Murray