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Nightmare Studio

Dreamed recurrently, drawn c. 2003 by Gary Panter

Comic by Gary Panter about his dreamscapes, titled 'Nightmare Studio'; page 1. Comic by Gary Panter about his dreamscapes, titled 'Nightmare Studio'; page 2. Comic by Gary Panter about his dreamscapes, titled 'Nightmare Studio'; page 3. Comic by Gary Panter about his dreamscapes, titled 'Nightmare Studio'; page 4. Comic by Gary Panter about his dreamscapes, titled 'Nightmare Studio'; page 5.

EDITOR'S NOTE

This is from McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue #13, 2004, guest-edited by Chris Ware, who clearly likes melancholia. The collection lacks artist bios or statements, so I don't know if Night Studio was done specifically for McSweeney's, or is a reprint from elsewhere, nor if it's stand-alone or a part of...? Oh well. Even out of context it's a strong mood piece. But it's hard to say much more.

Except... my dreamscape's less gloomy. True, last night I was in 1920s Oxford and they served us those gravy-drenched lumps they ate--that killed the BBC nostalgia buzz!--and I got hit on by an alcoholic, and then a 9-year-old... But I turned into Pippi Longstocking and walked out, seeking a Thai restaurant and a non-alcoholic grownup date--after all, the first two proved I am lovable...

My point? Dreamspace isn't all lost, empty streets. Don't like the neighborhood? Find a better one. Or build it.

--Chris Wayan



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