Through the Habitrails: Life Before and After My Career in the Cubicles (Dover Graphic Novels)

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"A magnificent piece of work." ― Dave Sim
This collection of darkly humorous tales chronicles a nameless protagonist's struggle with a stultifying routine of office drudgery. The stories' Kafkaesque vignettes, portrayed in striking black-and-white drawings, offer eerie perspectives on the rigors of everyday life.
Author Jeff Nicholson is best known as the creator of Ultra Klutz, Lost Laughter, Father & Son, and Colonia. Praised by comics artist and publisher Stephen R. Bissette as "one of the seminal graphic novels of the 1990s," Through the Habitrails features semi-autobiographical vignettes that include "Futile Love," "The Doomed One," "The Infiltrator," "The Dark Spiral," "The Gerbil King," and the "Escape" trilogy, one part of which was a 1993 Eisner Award nominee.
Exclusive Bonus Material contains a new Epilogue, written and illustrated by the author, and a new Foreword by multiple Eisner Award winner Matt Fraction.

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In this existential work, a nameless protagonist floats through his banal life of inactivity in a mindless job. The 14 vignettes in Through the Habitrails are not so much linear chapters as they are atmospheric stepping stones to another world. Although these stories seem to take place out of order, they build toward an emotionally draining, yet strangely optimistic and fatalistic conclusion. Most of the characters are drawn without mouths and with near-expressionless eyes in stark, simplistic black and white; the effect is chilling.

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This book makes direct contact with anyone who's ever held a white-collar job. Jeff Nicholson doesn't pull any punches addressing some of the despair and emotional confusion we all feel deep down. He then balances those somber undertones with humor, rugged metaphors, and a few dashes of optimism.

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