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The Cage➵ [Reading] ➷ The Cage By Martin Vaughn-James ➪ – Varanus.us First published in , The Cage was a graphic novel before there was a name for the genre Considered an early masterpiece of the genre, the Canadian cult comic has been out of print for decades The new First published in , The Cage was a graphic novel before there was a name for the genre Considered an early masterpiece of the genre, the Canadian cult comic has been out of print for decades The new edition includes an introduction by Canadian comics master and Lemony Snicket collaborator Seth Palookaville It s a Good Life, If You Don t WeakenCryptic and disturbing, like Dave Gibbons Watchmen illustrating a film by Ozu, The Cage spurns narrative for atmosphere, guiding us through a series of disarrayed rooms and desolate landscapes, tracking a stuttering and circling time and a sequence of objects headphones, inky stains, bedsheets It s not about where we re going but how if we get there.

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    Paperback ¸ The Cage ePUB µ stuttering and circling time and a sequence of objects headphones, inky stains, bedsheets It s not about where we re going but how if we get there."/>
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    This is flawless Recurring and interlinked motifs a cage or machine, a hospital bed, an explosive gout of ink or blood, sequential images, architectural desolation, the passage of time, monitoring devices trace an oblique story steeped in menace and isolation, conveyed through dissociated image exacting, perfect, cold, still and narration hypnotic, abstract, eliding between meanings, slipping unexpectedly from detachment to violence , lapsing in and out of sync but in constant dialogue This is flawless Recurring and interlinked motifs a cage or machine, a hospital bed, an explosive gout of ink or blood, sequential images, architectural desolation, the passage of time, monitoring devices trace an oblique story steeped in menace and isolation, conveyed through dissociated image exacting, perfect, cold, still and narration hypnotic, abstract, eliding between meanings, slipping unexpectedly from detachment to violence , lapsing in and out of sync but in constant dialogue nonetheless It s utterly unique in the comics form, bearingsimilarity of feel and influence from 60s 70s film and literature than from the underground comics scene that paved the way for sophisticated visual narrative Tellingly, it was put out by Canadian avant garde literary press Coach House, notably responsible for keeping Nicole Brossard in print.Anyway, it s essential.I was recently trying to draft some kind of a list of favorite comics ever, not necessarily inarguably best, certainly not most influential or historically significant, but subjectively those that speak to my imagination and aesthetics I came up with about 15 titles, most from the last 15 years or so, since that sthe period of my attention, and of the availability of the works themselves Which underscores that I need to readcomics, better comics, particularly thoseoutre versions of earlier eras.And then, the Cage I d been hearing about this for ages Rumors, breathless reviews, a friend at a party There s a library upstairs they even have a copy of THE CAGE Its legend around it like a labyrinth, a city, a plain of cryptic totems And now at last it s been reissued, and it entirely lives up to all of that.So what is this about, exactly That has remained a fine honed mystery since the Cage s release in the mid 70s, but it s hard not to get strong feelings from it Nothing could suggest it to be meaningless The titular cage is an oppressive overriding image, at times superimposed upon or perhaps interchangeable with a bleakly isolated hospital bed, sometimes surrounded by observing instruments, sometimes subject to extraordinary instances of deformation and destruction Humans have been removed from the action, but their absence tears a hole, surrounded by abandoned personal effects and an at times overwhelming affect, even if frozen, trapped in glass and in time An instant seems to lie at the center it is repeatedly built towards, rehearsed, reiterated as many versions of a single provisional event What that is, what violent or rending or significant act of moment this is at the center of the mystery of the book, but it is real and significant To impose a single meaning on it would be to deprive it of its occult power, but I could advance several, with an array of evidence to back it Like all great works, this kind of interpretation only traces the outlines of something greater that can never be fully articulated I mentioned the subjectivity of that list, above So here, arrayed for consideration, are some of those subjective qualities that I am irrevocably drawn to architectural precision, atmosphere, surrealism, formal experimentation, abstraction of story or visuals, ability to operate without dialogue to strong overriding narrative drive for stretches, immediacy of experience So not so different from what I might look for in a book or a film I have some fairly consistent overriding interests realizing this completely changed my reading, actually Examples on a kind of spectrum from silent abstraction of experience to atraditional, albeit fantastic storytelling structure would be Yuichi Yokoyama s Travel, Hans Rickheit s The Squirrel Machine, and Charles Burns Black Hole


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    This 1975 visual novel offers a unique collision of words and images Imagine an Alain Robbe Grille novel illustrated by Roland Torpor Fantastic Planet, etc and you re partway there Or perhaps an architectural manual storyboarded by Alejandro Jodorowsky Deeply cryptic and evocative of something or other.


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    When Seth calls something a masterwork, I listen When he calls the artist a national treasure such as Marshall McLuhan or Norman McLaren or Glenn Gould, I pay attention His fine prefatory essay begins to get at how this 1972 comic novel explores and capitalizes on the resources of the comics medium And there is a short intro by Vaughn James himself, which, like Seth s own words, doesn t help us know what this text is really about I am not sure it matters There are many works of the imagin When Seth calls something a masterwork, I listen When he calls the artist a national treasure such as Marshall McLuhan or Norman McLaren or Glenn Gould, I pay attention His fine prefatory essay begins to get at how this 1972 comic novel explores and capitalizes on the resources of the comics medium And there is a short intro by Vaughn James himself, which, like Seth s own words, doesn t help us know what this text is really about I am not sure it matters There are many works of the imagination, of nightmare, of the surreal, of formal experimentation And neither of our introducers claim to know what it is actually about Having lived in 1972, having spent years protesting against the Vietnam War, post the deaths of MLK and Robert Kennedy, the race riots of the sixties, the campus unrest, having read Kafka and One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest and Catch 22 though those texts are funnier than this one , I can play my life and cultural perceptions through this text, and maybe I am invited to In this time, the neo liberal destruction of the economy and the environment a cage Abu Ghraib The drawings are dark and precise and filled with decay and loss and emptiness, a post apocalyptic scene No people A Rod Serling Twilight Zone futuristic nightmare The actual one page panels have no words, as no one lives in them, no one can speak, but an unnamed and unidentified narrator speaks abstractly and also sometimes descriptively through the broken machinery and abandoned architecture I don t quite know what to make of it beyond my imagined dark political fantasies about it, but it has a haunting quality and formal precision that is impressive and evocative and mysterious I read it a few times through, and took my time with it, and I ll read it again, I m sure Serious comics exploration


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    Don t expect anything while reading this The Cage is one of those abstract projects that you just have to experience.


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    This is a book that I wish I had encountered maybe 27 years ago and read again today, so that I could compare my reaction then and now Probably when I was about 18 or 19, I remember constant excitement as I was discovering unconventional and weird books, art, and films The Cage read back then would likely have had so much significance, and so much of it would have felt so personal But reading it now with a layer of objectivity built up over the years and a strong base of material already disc This is a book that I wish I had encountered maybe 27 years ago and read again today, so that I could compare my reaction then and now Probably when I was about 18 or 19, I remember constant excitement as I was discovering unconventional and weird books, art, and films The Cage read back then would likely have had so much significance, and so much of it would have felt so personal But reading it now with a layer of objectivity built up over the years and a strong base of material already discovered, I just really enjoyed The Cage for its strange narrative structure and surrealistic style, without being so caught up in what it was really supposed to mean Both ways of seeing things are good, they are just different


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    There s an inside joke in academia that goes something like this if you want to submit a paper to a conference and present it there, change the first two sentences of whatever you re working on to reflect the theme of said conference and send it along You ve got a chance Rinse and repeat.I mention it because this book is High Art with a capital HA, and as such, it causes me to think of it in light of every paper I wrote Is this book Duchampian, or am I just recycling every thought I ve ever There s an inside joke in academia that goes something like this if you want to submit a paper to a conference and present it there, change the first two sentences of whatever you re working on to reflect the theme of said conference and send it along You ve got a chance Rinse and repeat.I mention it because this book is High Art with a capital HA, and as such, it causes me to think of it in light of every paper I wrote Is this book Duchampian, or am I just recycling every thought I ve ever had about Marcel Duchamp in response to it Seth, who wrote the introduction to the book, references Duchamp as well, so maybe I m not alone There s something decidedly like that old Frenchman in Vaughn James s book, with its meticulous renderings and explorations of Perspective all impressive, with its repurposed machines and non narrative, non linear text accompanying its visual elements Vaughn James does not appear to share Duchamp s erotically charged sense of humor, however, which is sort of a shame, I think.I also think that there s a thesis, dissertation or book to be written about architecture as a physical embodiment of a society s ideals, or city plans as drafts for said society s vision of utopia, with this book and the work of Windsor Mckay as springboards with which to explore those subjects others have surely written such tomes with the achievements of the renaissance, the age of enlightenment and or classical civilizations as springboards And so on, blah blah blah.I admire the draftsmanship in this book, and read glorious chateaus and urban decay and all those spaces might imply in it I like that some of its have frames drawn around them that we are not merely looking at images on pages, but images of images Views within views, etc.So, in conclusion, High Art here Difficult to make sense of but rich to ponder over


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    Beautiful Haunting Weird Delightfully weird.This is surrealistic comics at its best Do not try with this one, just let it happen This is a dream, a nightmare maybe, unfolding Disjointed.If you hated Waiting for Godot or La jet e , this will also bother you.


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    Sorry, but this is a bunch of pretentious nonsense The words are hyped up overwrought baloney The art is technically accurate but soulless Maybe I d be impressed if I was high.


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    As usual I didn t pay for this book but instead got it for the purposes of review Also as usual despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below.This is the part of the review where I usually sum up the plot in a few quick sentences I m not going to do that this time because even after reading it I just don t know In fact, according to the introduction, even people who have studied the book at length don t really know what it s about Even the author himself doesn t claim complete knowle As usual I didn t pay for this book but instead got it for the purposes of review Also as usual despite that kindness I give my candid thoughts below.This is the part of the review where I usually sum up the plot in a few quick sentences I m not going to do that this time because even after reading it I just don t know In fact, according to the introduction, even people who have studied the book at length don t really know what it s about Even the author himself doesn t claim complete knowledge of the book s real intent So if they don t know then I certainly cannot claim to.The best I can really do is to describe what I think it is and you can judge from there whether you want to give it a shot From a narrative point of view it seems to be a view of one particular place in space viewed from various points in time The book careens back and forth from present to future to past or is it past to future to present or well, see paragraph two Nobody knows what it s about so it s certainly not obvious even what order things happen in.From a visual perspective the drawings are at times detailed and at others incisively minimalist The artist conveys a poignant series of emotions centering on isolation and meandering widely Any one page of this book could hang in an art gallery and lead to much thoughtful discussion as to what exactly is being depicted.To sum up, should you buy this book That depends If you are a person who is in need of a strong narrative flow and clear procession from A to B to C then this is not the book for you If, however, you are one who is intrigued by the idea of a book that you will read but not understand, and in fact read five times and understand in five different ways, then you need this on your shelf This book is a large red glowing question mark and if you re OK with that then this is worth a look


  10. says:

    The Cage was first published in 1976 by Coach House Press in Canada, in an edition of 1500 copies Now 37 years later, the publisher has reissued it After reading a recent newspaper review of The Cage, I searched it out at my local library I couldn t believe it, they didn t have the new edition, they had the original book, one of the 1500 copies Amazingly it was still in circulation I was thrilled to be holding it in my hands The Cage is an evocative nightmare of an unidentified totalitaria The Cage was first published in 1976 by Coach House Press in Canada, in an edition of 1500 copies Now 37 years later, the publisher has reissued it After reading a recent newspaper review of The Cage, I searched it out at my local library I couldn t believe it, they didn t have the new edition, they had the original book, one of the 1500 copies Amazingly it was still in circulation I was thrilled to be holding it in my hands The Cage is an evocative nightmare of an unidentified totalitarian world The drawings are precise depictions of crumbling architecture, ravaged by assaults, neglect and time There are no human figures, just decay The Cage is powerful in a way I can t really explain because I m not sure I totally understand There is text, but it suffers somewhat from it s time, the 70s, and I m not sure it stands up very well But that doesn t matter The Cage is worth experiencing

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