The first American collection of Spanish comics maker, Ana Galvañ, Press Enter to Continue is a 96 page hardcover in which a strong, minimal line describes a color saturated space. Its five untitled pieces seamlessly mesh together to create a portrait of contemporary alienation in which traditional human traits like character and physicality are gradually – or abruptly – supplanted by technological substitutes.
The back cover blurb actually does an unusually good job of setting the mood, so here it is in its entirety: "Press Enter to continue. To suffer the fate of a sideshow attraction that has outlived its novelty. To be mentally controlled within the liquid crystal walls of interstellar internment camps. To be humiliated by human – and inhuman – resources. To be blackmailed by computer viruses nourished by trauma. To grasp the malevolence even in the most quotidian details of large corporations. To recognize that the system should fail. To enter a contemporary twilight zone of our collective dread, the familiar unknown of Ana Galvañ. Do not check your pulse. Do not read the terms and conditions. Press Enter to continue."
Yes, it's the new Now! Another 128 page anthology of short comics edited by Eric Reynolds. Quite a wide variety of approaches are on hand this issue. You might not like every story, but every issue of Now presents a wide-ranging mix of talent that includes some of today's top names side-by-side with relative unkonwns, all taking artistic chances and working to explore the expressive terrain of comics.
Here's Ana Galvañ's follow-up to Press Enter to Continue. It's another full color hardcover from Fantagraphics, but this time around we're getting a single graphic novella. Once again, Galvañ employs her crisp minimal drawings combined with bright, angular high contrast color schemes to provide a science-fiction perspective on psychological realities. Here that of the onset of adolescence within our current consumer capitalistic culture. Oblique, but intriguing...
Translated from Spanish by Jamie Richards
Check out a nice preview, courtesy of Fantagraphics, HERE.