Josh Bayer steps out from behind the curtain of his voluminous comics creations to share his own personal story in this stunning, singular, 280 page, full color graphic memoir.
Here's what Uncivilized Press has to say about it:
"What prevents you from finishing your life's work? Josh Bayer finds a manuscript of an unfinished play inside his deceased father's desk. The play tells the story of Josh's mother's early death (age 35) and his father's struggle with single parenthood. When he attempts to adapt the play into comics, it triggers a series of personal crises. Bayer's limitations and futile ambitions are brought into sharp relief as he grapples with an estranged, unknowable parent and the play's frustrating lack of resolution.
Humans worship lore, myth, and fables, but many people's unwritten stories become abandoned. This book looks at the dreams we leave to that abyss and asks, "why?" Bayer's inky line, tangled textures, and kaleidoscopic color boldly fuse on the page into comic book semiotics, flights of grandeur, and tangents inside tangents. Josh Bayer stitches scattered memories into surrealistic episodes permeated with dream logic. Unended may be a Promethean journey towards fiery triumph and emotional closure, or will it be a doomed quest that remains unending?"
And here are a couple of creators whose opinions we feel are worthy of heeding sharing theirs about this work:
"Josh Bayer is a true expressionist comics hero. His relentless self-questioning, analog punk struggle, reifies the eternity of the comics as the greatest artform."
— Matthew Thurber, Art Comic, Mr. Colostomy
"Heart-rending and sense-flooding, gorgeous, tragic, generous and vulnerable – UNENDED is an artwork I'll never forget." – Jonathan Lethem