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Band for Life

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Band for Life is the story, told in comic strip form, of a noise rock band and their community of friends and acquaintances based in an alternate reality version of Chicago. Though beset with disaster at every turn and frequently reduced to squabbling, they stick together because the band is the fulcrum of their otherwise confounding lives, and together they help each other find their way. Fusing elements of the classic British sitcom The Young Ones, as well as classic kids comic strips like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and John Stanley’s Melvin Monster, Band for Life is a work of dark humor, but also infused with genuine affection for its cast; in many ways it is a love letter to creative people compelled to create, with no hope of financial reward.

The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year 2016 - Globe and Mail

Pages:
250
Colors:
full color
Format:
Hardcover
Dimensions:
8” x 10”
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-954-7
Year:
2016

"[Davidson's] work, which evokes the bombastic action of Jack Kirby as immediately as it does a riot grrrl zine, is bold and brash. Her bulky, blocky figures clash and collide with one another in a cacophony of pen and ink." — Paste Magazine

"Davidson’s work reads like a return to the aggressive no-fucks-given attitude of the underground comix scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s, but with a much stronger focus on fully developed female characters. She’s committed to exploring the women of Guntit’s complex personal lives, giving Band For Life deeper substance underneath the bold visual style." A.V. Club

"Portraying sound in comics is always tricky, but Davidson has cleverly substituted color for noise. The pages are a blazing riot of purple against yellow, splashed with turquoise, brick red, and acid green. The effect is as loud and harsh as the band’s music, a perfect fit with the narrative. ... her character’s lives are a mess, but her portrayal is deeply compassionate." Publishers Weekly

"Band for Life is a warped and hilarious portrayal of the banality and adventure of bandhood from someone who lived it, but embellished gloriously by Anya's imagination. Fucked up, feminist and funny. If you have ever ground away late nights in a basement trying to desperately remember the bad songs you just wrote, you will recognize your strife here with 'the Wildest Band on Earth'." — MTV News

"This book knows a lot about being in a band, but it’s the 'life' part of that title that gets me. Juggling day jobs, lovers, kids and addictions, Davidson’s motley crew of noise rockers still manage to land gigs and make art. Funny, impassioned, and idealistic, Band for Life is cartooning of rare empathy and blistering energy."  Globe and Mail

"Anya's comics look like Dick Sprang and Boody Rogers got locked in a Pez factory and were told they would not be released until they produced hundreds of pages of a gutter punk Herculoids meets Josie and the Pussycats soap opera dripping soul and neglect." — Gary Panter (Jimbo)

"Anya Davidson gets that being in a band is generally about 5% playing music and 95% anything but. In true punk form, Band For Life kicks into high gear with page number one and never lets up." — Brian Chippendale (Lightning Bolt)

 

Band for Life is the story, told in comic strip form, of a noise rock band and their community of friends and acquaintances based in an alternate reality version of Chicago. Though beset with disaster at every turn and frequently reduced to squabbling, they stick together because the band is the fulcrum of their otherwise confounding lives, and together they help each other find their way. Fusing elements of the classic British sitcom The Young Ones, as well as classic kids comic strips like Charles Schulz’s Peanuts and John Stanley’s Melvin Monster, Band for Life is a work of dark humor, but also infused with genuine affection for its cast; in many ways it is a love letter to creative people compelled to create, with no hope of financial reward.

The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year 2016 - Globe and Mail

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