The brilliant cartoonist Tim Hensley is a friend of the store whose work we greatly admire. He kindly signed his books for us.
From the publisher:
Brilliant cartoonist Tim Hensley (Wally Gropius) returns with his first new comic book since the acclaimed "Sir Alfred No. 3" in 2015! This is a gorgeous, oversized one-shot comic magazine (there is no Detention #1 -- it's a joke, folks!) strictly limited to 2000 copies and available only through the direct market! Hensley "adapts" in his own absurdist fashion an acknowledged classic of American literature, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" by Stephen Crane into a 44-page, oversized, full-color comic book titled "Detention #2." Crane's 1893 novella tells the story of Maggie, a Bowery waif on the cusp of maturity who becomes tragically embroiled with a barkeep named Pete. Hensley satirically frames his version of this brutal tale of slum life as a study aide à la Classics Illustrated, created for those being punished by remedial instruction.
What the Critics Are Saying (in 1896):
The New York Tribune:
"To read its pages is like standing before a loafer to have one's face slapped twice a minute for half an hour."
"I can recall no title that approaches Maggie in the illustration of drunkenness, promiscuous pugilism, joyless and repellent dialogue, and noise."
"Maggie is impossible to weep over; we can feel only pity the gutter is so dirty and turn in another direction."
The Richmond Times:
"His inattention to grammar is to be regretted."