One part MOME collection, one part authorized IFC Channel spinoff, the first quarter of this jacketed hardcover collects the work — storyboards, scripts, character designs, etc. — that Shaw has created for a series of original shorts for IFC.com. The latter 3/4ths collect his acclaimed short stories from MOME, as well as several little-seen stories from elsewhere, and a new 20 page story.
The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. is Shaws first book since his breakthrough graphic novel of 2008, Bottomless Belly Button, which was named Publishers Weeklys best graphic novel of 2008, one of Entertainment Weeklys top ten books of 2008, and one of Amazon.coms top ten graphic novels of the year, amongst numerous other accolades. The book also collects Shaws acclaimed, genre-bending short stories from MOME, including Look Forward, First Son of Terra Two, a remarkable story of two lovers traveling in opposite directions... in time. Also featured: Galactic Funnels, the 2008 Ignatz Award nominee for Outstanding Story, about the parasitic relationship between an artist and his lover/mentor; Satellite CMYK, a sci-fi mindwarp that ingeniously drives the narrative through Shaws masterful control of color, and Making the Abyss, a fictionalized story of a surreal film set filled with nuclear tanks, hot tubs, and blind ambition.
Befitting the restless experimentation and innovation of Shaw's work, this slim hardcover features a first for Fantagraphics: a clear acetate overlay dust jacket, meant to evoke an animation cel.
"In the insular comics community, Shaw has made a name for himself (and a good one it is) by willfully eschewing the mainstream to follow his own decidedly original and peculiar muse." – Punk Planet
"Dash Shaw creates eclectic, inventive, and technically sophisticated comics that often work along the same principles Ezra Pound expounded for poetry: place two seemingly unlike things together, and readers will create a relationship between them." – Publishers Weekly
"Dash Shaw is an utterly brilliant young cartoonist who has, in a few short years, advanced from the academic experiments of his earlier work... into a formalist genius whose skills encompass both a natural gift for color and a feel for subtle, indirect characterization." Ed Howard, "The Best Comics of the Decade," Only the Cinema