Great Analysis of Ticket Stub on High-Low

Rob Clough, comics critic for The Comics Journal and his own blog, High-Low, has come up with an amazing and detailed critique on Tim Hensley’s “Ticket Stub.” Read more at this link, and then buy the book!

As anyone who read Hensley’s classic Wally Gropius knows,  there’s a stream-of-consciousness quality to his use of language that’s closely tied into surprisingly tight narratives as well as references to pop culture, literature and history. Above all else, Hensley lives to serve his gags, twisting conventional understandings of situations into something still recognizable but quite odd…

Wrestlers in cheap fight films are given noble motives, while actors in art films are reduced to parody. Through it all, Hensley’s patter weaves between detective novel staccato to cheap advertisement for “Colonel Corn” products to nasty zingers… I most enjoyed the absurd Hensley, like his running motif on the primacy of beards running around Gettysburg

The last chapter is the greatest… Hensley whips the reader from panel to panel with no time to breathe or think, drowning them in pure, glorious craziness.

[Ticket Stub]‘s a testament to Hensley’s unique ability to process culture and images and turn them into something disorienting, hilarious and beautiful.

Thanks Rob Clough!