Cyberpunk Apocalypse head honcho and man about town, Daniel McCloskey has at last delivered his long-in-progess "hybrid novel". A Film About Billy splices together straight-up comics and straight-up prose in roughly equal measure, filling 240 engrossing pages that go flying by. Divided into 65 concise, action-packed chapters the novel forges an engaging Akira-esque science fiction adventure yarn concerning an ominously looming threa, and that takes place reight here is Pittsburgh (or, at least, a fictional approximation thereof) and the surrounding environs. But that's not all. A Film About Billy is also: a psychological portrait of youth in crisis; an exposé of the power of technology to alienate, as well as the rituals of drug use – legal, socially acceptable, and other – to bring kids together; a look back at small town closed-mindedness and family dysfunction; and, oh yeah – the end of the world (or not). All while simultaneously managing to sneak in, a bit below the surface, a humorous update of the portrait of the artist as a young man. Support the home team and get a solid bang for your entertainment buck while you're at it. What's not to like?