Post #914 • November 29, 2006, 10:25 AM • 5 Comments
Leland Myrick, using artful, trim language and drawings that evoke troubled innocence, recalls his childhood in Missouri Boy, starting in the womb, and ending with his motorcycle trip to California in pursuit of a girl. Myrick's art is an intriguing combination of expressionism and Art Deco, with something like a period sexiness, and a meandering line that adds lankiness and introversion to the figures. Some of the elongations recall the expressiveness of El Greco's proportions.
The writing is sharp and poetic; upon leaving Missouri for California, he notes that "I feel the presence of my local gods waning." Watching an errant older brother get a ten-year sentence for bank robbery, he observes his father: "My father looks as if he's praying. He's not. Closed lips and sealed mouth mourn the loss of a son." With renderings like these, boyish delights and boyish torments become calmly and warmly gripping.
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