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CBR Reader, 31 MB.Overview: You have never read a comic like The Biologic Show.
Created, written and drawn by Al Columbia, The Biologic Show (published by Fantagraphics) was released in 1995 and is a collection of short stories that could best be described as unsettling. This is a horror comic, of sorts, but not the type of horror that deals with giant monsters or things that go bump in the night. No. The Biologic Show deals with the horrors of the subconscious, real world nightmares filtered through an unstable psyche and spat onto the page in stark black and white. Think along the lines of David Lynch's ERASERHEAD and you're getting close.
This issues feature Columbia's recurring characters, Pim and Francie and Seymour Sunshine, undergoing mental torture and being subjected to the confusing, disconcerting and horrific whims of Al Columbia's imagination and simple but highly expressive art.
It is unfortunate that more issues were never produced, but if you are a lover of fringe art and if you like to not be able to turn the lights out after reading a comic, for fear of what your own mind will do to you, then The Biologic Show is for you. The Biologic Show
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Published by Fantagraphics, 1994-1996.
"No Tomorrow If I Must Return Starring Seymour Sunshine"
"Self-Titled Instructional Version" (aka "The Biologic Show")
"The Low-Born Peacock"
"Li'l Saint Anthony"
"Tar Frogs: A Pim and Francie Adventure"
"Peloria: Part One (A Pim and Francie Adventure)"
Seymour Sunshine Debris
"Slow Machine""Ersatz (A Family Name)"
"The Hellbound Bellydancer"
The Biologic Show is a comic book series written and drawn by Al Columbia and published by Fantagraphics Books. The first issue, #0, was released in 1994, and a second issue, #1, was released a year later. An issue #2 was solicited in Previews and announced in the pages of other Fantagraphics publications but was never published.
The comic's title is taken from a passage in the William S. Burroughs book Exterminator! (in the chapter "Short Trip Home"). The passage is briefly quoted at the beginning of the story "The Biologic Show" in issue #0, one of several references to Burroughs in Columbia's early work.
Each issue of The Biologic Show contains several short stories and illustrated poems. #0 introduces three of Columbia's recurring characters: the hapless, Koko the Clown-like Seymour Sunshine in the opening comic "No Tomorrow If I Must Return" and the brother/sister duo Pim and Francie in "Tar Frogs" (a story which first appeared in the UK magazine Deadline). Issue #1 is dominated by the 16-page "Peloria: Part One", intended as the first installment of a never-completed graphic novel. It introduces a third character, Knishkebibble the Monkey-Boy, who reappears in Columbia's later comics.
Much of the material in The Biologic Show deals with unsettling subject matter such as mutilation, incest, and the occult. Kieron Gillen has characterized the series as "comics transgression in its purest form."
Reactions to the series were mixed. One critic dismissed issue #0 as "an array of senselessness ... transparent as a ghost and feigning substance"; another called it "a big, visceral, messy masterwork". It was also highly praised by other alternative comics creators including Mike Allred and Jim Woodring.
Along with his stories printed in Zero Zero and BLAB!, the two issues of The Biologic Show are some of Columbia's best-known and most-acclaimed works. They are also among his most readily obtainable comics due to multiple reprintings.
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