A long time ago, a devious late-night pact altered the destiny of small community, its inhabitants forever cursed to live as mere clay in the hands of the capricious Mister OBlique and the Wicked Barons. But is change finally afoot? Professor Hackensack journeys to the town in order to wrest from the Barons the secret of their power. He will be helped (or hindered) on this quest by Inspector Doppiofaccio, Lady Puzzle, the Encephapolyp, the Taxmen and other players in the complex, not always human mosaic that forms the strange and twisted architecture of the Cryptic City. Find out why this surreal masterpiece from Sergio Ponchione was the sleeper hit of the 2008 Comic-Con!
Winner, Gran Guinigi prize for Best Series, 2009 Lucca Comics & Games festival: "Grotesque by Sergio Ponchione is a work that gives the reader an incredible number of suggestions and visual stimuli. At the same time disturbing, metaphysical, surreal, dreamlike, metaphoric, inventive and unabashedly referential, it is perhaps more than anything else a formidable and accomplished tribute to some great comic geniuses of the U.S., from Elzie Crisler Segar to Robert Crumb by way of Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns, but without forgetting the Italian maestro Benito Jacovitti. The prize for this saga is meant to be a recognition of an author who, having started professionally in the area of mass production, chose to explore the endless possibilities that the language grants to comics artists who, just like Ponchione, feel the urge to express his own poetic definition."
Praise for the Series:
"Quite a wild ride." – Sequart
"Beautifully drawn light Lynchian fantasy... it's a fun set of vignettes, with a few really clever, moody set pieces." – Dick Hyacinth
"Sergio Ponchiones trippy take on time and memory [is] well worth your while." – Newsarama
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2008 Critics' Lists:
• Rob Clough, "My Top 50 Comics of the Year" (#48)