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Milwaukee, WI

  • Boswell Book Company 2559 North Downer Avenue Milwaukee, WI, 53211 United States (map)

The Envious Siblings: And Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes: illustrator Landis Blair offers up eight gleefully macabre rhyming vignettes by an award-winning comics artist, as delightful as they are deadly.

Blair will be at Boswell on Sunday, October 20, 3 pm, discussing his work with acclaimed writer Caitlin Doughty. This event is free, but registration is requested at landisblairmke.bpt.me, and will be required if we reach capacity. You can also upgrade to registration plus a copy of The Envious Siblings.

Inspired by the dark imagination of Edward Gorey, Envious Siblings is a twisted and hauntingly funny debut. Blair interweaves absurdist horror and humor into brief, rhyming vignettes at once transgressive and hilarious. In Blair's surreal universe, a lost child watches as bewhiskered monsters gobble up her fellow train passengers; a band of kids merrily plays a gut-churning game with playground toys; and two sisters, grinning madly, tear each other apart. These charmingly perverse creations take ordinary settings - a living room, a subway car, a playground - and spin them in a nightmarish direction.

After the event, Blair will sign copies of his book. Please note that while Caitlin Doughty will not be part of the post-event signing, signed copies of her new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, will be available for sale at the event. Alas, no refunds on book w/ticket upgrade after October 19.

Chicago-based Landis Blair illustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and Caitlin Doughty's From Here to Eternity, and has published illustrations in The New York Times, Chicago magazine, and Medium.

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