Rumble Strip

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June 2008

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“A work of unflinching reality and subtle beauty... deserves a place next to the richest memoirs as well as the most vibrant fantasies.” – Arts Journal

This is a new Expanded Version! The Expanded Version is exclusive to SEQUENTIAL and contains audio of an interview between Woodrow Phoenix and Corinne Pearlman, plus pop-up galleries of Woodrow’s artwork for
Rumble Strip.

Rumble strips alert us to hazards. The noise, the jolt, the vibration of those grooves at the edge of the road wakes and prevents drivers from going off the edge of the road.

Sometimes we all need a wake-up call: over 1.2 million people are killed in road traffic accidents around the world each year. By 2020, road traffic accidents could outstrip stroke and HIV as one of the main causes of preventable deaths. Whether we drive cars, ride motorbikes, pedal bicycles, take public transport or just walk, we all use roads and rely on each other to drive responsibly.

Rumble Strip surprises, challenges, asks us questions that badly need answers and makes us think about things we may prefer to ignore. Woodrow Phoenix’s dry, sometimes painfully mordant wit, backed up by accident statistics, personal observations and case histories, offers a trenchant analysis of the problems of road users everywhere and the risks we all take every day. With sharp, densely inked graphics, he immerses us in the narrative as if we are driving those cars or walking along those streets. He personalises the experience of the commuter, the driver, the pedestrian, the accident victim... because any one of them could be us.

“Simply astounding... one of the most original, impressive and essential British comics of the last ten years.” –
Mindless Ones

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Creative Review

•Design and culture magazine

"In Phoenix’s unique take on the comic book medium, there are no characters in the entire book; rather his sharp, densely inked graphics offer up a snaking ride via roads and motorways ... a gripping narrative." – Patrick Burgoyne

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•Comic and graphic novel shop

"A heart-felt, eloquent and surprisingly gripping indictment of our current obsession with cars, our behaviour on the roads and the vulnerability of the pedestrian."

Paul Gravett

•Comics journalist and curator

“Without showing a single human being, this is an extraordinarily human book.”