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Hicksville back

Dylan Horrocks


Page 45 Review by Mark

Leonard Batts is on a mission. In the sleepy town of Hicksville, New Zealand, he's trying to find out the background of Dick Burger and his meteoric rise to fame in the film and comic industries following the 'Captain Tomorrow' graphic novel. The trouble is that not only will none of the inhabitants discuss their most famous son but they won't even tell him why.
Different voices run throughout the book, telling their own tales, each with a slightly different art style. The page with Grace returning to her garden, crouching in the greenhouse is one of the most beautiful images I've seen in many years.

Horrocks relates storytelling (including comics) to maps and he shows us many places (including the fictitious Cornucopia with the wishing tree) and, it suddenly strikes me, he's showing us places that should have existed had it not been for the distasteful mechanics of greed and commerce (yes, yes, I know that's pretty ripe coming from a retailer) fouling up the process of art and communication.

All art is about communication, about one person trying to explain how they see the world, how they feel, to another. Whether it's film, books, painting, sculpture, photography, music, whatever, the starting point is someone saying, "This is what I have to tell" and HICKSVILLE is about that process.