|About the Book|
Love is a many splendored thing. For its capture we will lie, cheat...and kill. In Rick Bovens new eComic collection HEARTBEASTS, we painfully visit all three. Comprised of three short cartoon stories containing both out of print stories as well asMoreLove is a many splendored thing. For its capture we will lie, cheat...and kill. In Rick Bovens new eComic collection HEARTBEASTS, we painfully visit all three. Comprised of three short cartoon stories containing both out of print stories as well as never before seen work, Boven doesnt shy away from the dark nature of this universal motivator. We begin with his first ever autobiographical comic Pruned, that deals with the double edged nature of both religion and morality. At this time in the young artists life he was dealing with a potent mixture of not only the suicide attempt of his high school sweetheart, but also the resulting abandonment he felt from his circle of friends. Alone, he is forced to answer the question- are love and loyalty actions, or words? We flip the coin to read The Price is Wrong, which is a snapshot of a young man named Jamie who is in the perfect relationship. His girlfriend, her parents, and his life is exactly as it should be. Unfortunately, its this very completeness that leaves him feeling incomplete. On a nostalgic drive past the pier he cant get out of his mind, he makes a simple choice that will forever complicate his life. The collection winds down with the stirring tale Before It Snows, and proves the axiom that pictures are truly worth a thousand words. In fact, as we follow an unnamed young boy through his less than ideal home life and troubles in the classroom, sparse dialogue lets the emotion of the panels take center stage. Just how far will this young boy go to find a place to belong? No farther than anyone else in this haunting new comic anthology.These are the stories that Rick Boven cut his teeth on as he developed his now signature emotive and powerful method of storytelling. Combining autobiographical work and early experiments in fiction, he rips off the rose colored glasses that so often tint our view of love. By displaying the terrible and woeful things we do for love and acceptance, he subtly acknowledges its true power in our lives. And if we are anything like the tragic cast of characters here, we may not have heart beats within our chests at all- but rather HEARTBEASTS.