Friday, December 23, 2016
Through the Habitrails: Life Before and After My Career in the Cubicles (Dover Graphic Novels)
author: Jeff Nicholson
average rating: 3.79
book published: 2016
read at: 2016/12/23
date added: 2016/12/23
'Through the Habitrails: Life Before and After My Career in the Cubicles' by Jeff Nicholson is a graphic novel of how bad work can be. With an introduction by Stephen R. Bisette and a Foreword by Matt Fraction, it's a work that is back in print and in a final form. It's not specifically an autobiographical story, but it has a ring of a true story.
A creative type has a job working in an ad agency. The grinding numbness of the job is conveyed by hamster tubes running through the office. The artist numbs himself by wearing a Glass jar full of beer on his head which keeps him in an inebriated state. His creativity is siphoned off with a tap that's been installed on his body to take his creative juices at will. His office mates have given up their dreams and some have become toxic and horrible to work with. On his time off, he explores the desolation of the world around the town where he lives.
If it sounds bleak, it really is. It mixes surrealistic images with the bleakness of the daily grind. It's not a very happy or hopeful story, but I really enjoyed reading it, and I'm glad it has found it's way back into print.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dover Publications and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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