I want you – issue #1, Lisa Hanawalt. (Buenaventura Press) $4.95
Lisa Hanawalt might be the funniest comics writer working today. Her new book, the succinct Buenaventura Press release I want you, showcases the three-page “Menstrual Terminology,” a sort of Illustrated Webster’s defining the “Tampon Wonton” (“Folding used tampon on layers of toilet paper until a pure white was is created.”), the “Bento Box” (Inserting tampon while traveling by car or train.”), and the “Red Lobster” (“Desire to be immersed in a body of hot water for duration of period, possibly as a remedy for dysmenorrhea. Not to be confused with impurity-cleansing rituals, although this often happens as a side benefit.”). Mini-narratives also feature She-Moose, He-Horse, and other human-bodied animals with creepy faces. The book contains a fair amount of writing, like the two-page “Common Dirty Talk and the Questions It Raises,” as well as several stand-alone drawings, like the realistically rendered horse with ramen noodles pouring out of its eye sockets and mouth, instead of eyes and a tongue. At first glance the book appears to be a well-executed exercise in hipster irony, but further examination reveals a twisted genius that belongs especially to our contemporary age. I’m excited to read issue #2.