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Tim Hensley

Detention #2

On sale date: October 26, 2022

Brilliant cartoonist Tim Hensley (Wally Gropius) returns with his first new comic book since the acclaimed “Sir Alfred No. 3” in 2015! This is a gorgeous, oversized one-shot comic magazine (there is no Detention #1 — it's a joke, folks!) strictly limited to 2000 copies and available only through the direct market! Hensley "adapts" in his own absurdist fashion an acknowledged classic of American literature, “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” by Stephen Crane into a 44-page, oversized, full-color comic book titled “Detention #2.” Crane’s 1893 novella tells the story of Maggie, a Bowery waif on the cusp of maturity who becomes tragically embroiled with a barkeep named Pete. Hensley satirically frames his version of this brutal tale of slum life as a study aide à la Classics Illustrated, created for those being punished by remedial instruction.

What the Critics Are Saying (in 1896):

The New York Tribune:

“To read its pages is like standing before a loafer to have one’s face slapped twice a minute for half an hour.”

Town Topics:

“I can recall no title that approaches Maggie in the illustration of drunkenness, promiscuous pugilism, joyless and repellent dialogue, and noise.”

The Nation:

“Maggie is impossible to weep over; we can feel only pity the gutter is so dirty and turn in another direction.”

The Richmond Times:

“His inattention to grammar is to be regretted.”


Full color.