The Wild Kingdom

The Wild Kingdom Cover

The Wild Kingdom

By Kevin Huizenga

Drawn & Quarterly, Hardcover, 9781770460003, 108pp.

Publication Date: August 31, 2010

Description

The new master of Comics Experimentalism returns with his Everyman, Glenn Ganges
Standing out among his contemporaries, Kevin Huizenga's subtle mastery of the medium has earned him countless accolades and awards. His comics are at once straightforward and experimental, serious and funny. His character is the suburban everyman Glenn Ganges, a modern-day Dagwood Bumstead, who tackles and stumbles with such heady topics as mysticism and science.

In "TheWild Kingdom," Glenn Ganges blindly interacts with the nature of his suburban neighborhood: dead houseplants, a recipe for gray squirrel brain, and pigeons eating discarded French fries in the parking lot of a fast-food joint. Huizenga juxtaposes Glenn's ignorance of his surroundings with television commercials highlighting society's needs for cure-all pharmaceuticals and "hot new things" like teeth whiteners. Starting off wordless, "The Wild Kingdom "grows more complex page by page, ending with encyclopedic entries, biographical excerpts, anthropologic flowcharts, and a cataclysmic encounter of nature and technology.



About the Author
Kevin Huizenga (b. 1977, Harvey, Illinois) has won awards for various comics and graphic novels starring his signature everyman, Glenn Ganges. His work has been featured in the Best American Comics anthologies and Time has named his books to their best of the year lists.


Praise For The Wild Kingdom

Praise for Kevin Huizenga:

“One of the most promising of a new generation of cartoonists, Huizenga’s stories use a combination of the quotidian and the surreal to explore themes of science, nature, religion and family.” —Time

“With art that ranges from clear-eyed cartooning to swirly expressionism, Huizenga takes his characters through poetic explorations of the profound.” —The Washington Post