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Inner City Romance

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Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal penitentiary for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.
Pages:
208
Colors:
black & white
Format:
Softcover
Dimensions:
8"x10"
ISBN-13:
978-1-60699-813-7
Year:
2015

"Inner City Romance, the comic he drew from 1972-1978, is like one long poem of '60s energy gone sour. Between the political fights nobody wins (certainly not the good guys), explicit sex that's often more despairing than beautiful, and ordinary people rendered with an agonized blend of love and hate, Colwell captured the essence of the '70s zeitgeist." NPR

"With a remarkably concise body of work Guy Colwell established himself as one of the most essential cartoonists of his era, and deserves a wider readership today. ... Colwell's Inner City Romance series has been lovingly collected by Fantagraphics." The A.V. Club

"In the pages of Inner City Romance, Colwell used his experiences and imagination to capture characters brutalized by the state, corporate interests, and each other. They innoculate themselves with drugs and sex and calls to the barricades. Their lives play out in crash pads, SRO hotels, back alleys, and hallucinations. Looking at his books now, we can see, as if via a time machine, the hopes and angers, the energy and passion of a past time." The Comics Journal

"Relying on his own experiences in prison and fractious San Francisco neighbourhoods, Colwell creates a vision of inner-city life that remains compelling  multiracial, marginalized, but collectively working for change." The Globe and Mail

"Inner City Romance opens up readers to prison, black culture, ghetto life and radical activism with a rich tang of authenticity." — Broken Frontier

 
Guy Colwell's Inner City Romance tread new territory for underground comix, filled with stories about prison, black culture, ghetto life, the sex trade, and radical activism. It portrayed the unpleasant realities of life in the inner city, where opportunities were limited and being on the lowest end of the economic ladder meant that one's vision of the American dream was more about survival than lifestyle choices. Readers wondered who Colwell was, whether he was black or white, and how he knew so much about prison. Two years at McNeil Island federal penitentiary for draft refusal provided a personal education for him, as well as his involvement with the San Francisco Good Times underground newspaper, where he became a close observer of the White Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and anti-war demonstrations. Inner City Romance details Colwell's life on the mean streets. Every issue of Inner City Romance is included in this collection, as well as many of the highly detailed paintings he created at the same time. Colwell recounts in an accompanying text piece, his personal journey to artistic maturity forged by radicalism and frustration.

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