We've been big fans of the work of Mr. Hankiewicz for quite some time, and are thrilled to be able to offer Sparkplug Comic Books' massive new 108-page, 8 1/2" x 11" collection of his totally unique, perplexingly obscure, abstrusely enigmatic, elegantly rendered pen and ink parables and small tales. This work is frustratingly difficult to describe, and we're not going to try at this juncture. (OK, we'll give it a lame whirl: think of the precise, detail driven work of Charles Sheeler (got it?) and then add to this a blend of David Lynch, René Magritte, Max Ernst and Franz Kafka, and then convert the whole shebang into a pen-and-ink graphic sequence that is both narrative and not-narrative, and perhaps you'll have an inkling) Suffice it to say that this is truly one-of-a-kind work on display here, and you owe it to yourself to at least give it a look whenever and wherever you get the chance to do so; and you can start now by checking out these sample pages.
But that's just a start. Once you've spent some time soaking in these pages – all of which reward repeated readings – Hankiewicz's methods begin to take hold of your cerebral cortex. Then you will gradually begin to be able to discern heretofore hidden structures undergirding the works. These structures are akin to those undergirding poetry, visual equivalents of meter and rhyme. There's a tempo that you can get into, where you'll start to see the patterns emerge as they land on the beat and then feel the visual rhythm. Once you're solidly in the groove the works will start to take you to new places that comics haven't taken you before.
Recommended for all adventurous comics readers everywhere!
And don't forget to check out Hankiewicz's graphic novel, Education!