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This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button, BodyWorld, New School) is his most taut book to date. Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to enter a dead patient's afterlife by taking the form of a memory in the patient's consciousness, and bring him or her back to life, with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho's team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn't want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn't that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? Can unconsciousness coexist with consciousness? Part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw's best book to date.
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Praise for New School:
One of NPR's Best Books of 2013
One of The Austin Chronicle's Favorite Books of 2013
Ranked #4 on Paste's 10 Best Comics of 2013
One of Comics Bulletin's Top 10 Original Graphic Novels of 2013
"New School is about art, about the art that’s in the book itself... There's stuff going on at other levels, the intuitive, the level of the unconscious, the subconscious I guess you could say.... This book is just fascinating." – NPR
"On first read, it is melancholic, funny and smartly impressionistic, three things that comics do well… Dash Shaw likes to move through styles, and it's exciting. As soon as you think you have a fix on his forms, he tweaks it just a bit." – Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman