Carol Swain Foodboy

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Foodboy

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by Carol Swain
Foodboy
is about loss and hope, friendship, and faith, bonds that are tested when the paths of two boyhood friends diverge. Gareth (the Foodboy of the title) and Ross live in the small Welsh village of Llanparc. The attempt of a visiting troupe of Evangelists to convert the sends Ross into wilderness. Gareth remains loyal to his friend, leaving food out for him, even when it becomes apparent that Ross is becoming increasingly feral. Foodboy is drawn in Swain's trademark style of exquisite panel compositions.
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Carol Swain is the acclaimed British cartoonist and author of the graphic novels Invasion of the Mind Sappers and Foodboy.

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Done only in black and white, Foodboy is a work of gritty realism that grows increasingly eerie as its secondary protagonist becomes more alienated and feral. Gar, a young man in chronically depressed Wales, collects food for his friend, Ross, who has dropped out so thoroughly that he is beyond unemployment and, eventually, homelessness. A powerful early manifestation of Ross' alienation comes when he asks a street preacher for equal time to say what he believes; the evangelist acquiescing, Ross then says nothing. At the end of the book, Gar waits on a beach with the steak he has brought; night falls, and Ross still hasn't broken cover. Higher-than-wide panels (relieved by double- and one-and-a-half-width ones) and tight and medium close-ups predominate, and there is plenty of variation in the angle of vision. But the blocky, blunt-featured figures of Gar, Ross, and a handful of others, who, until the end, always attend Ross, constitute Swain's most powerful tool for communicating the desperation of this parable of poverty and disintegration. Ray Olson
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