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wraps around into part of the back cover
A mock introduction into the reading of comics, divided into five sections. Includes an "exam" and two tiny illustrations.
A mock academic article from the "Journal of Liberal Arts Degrees" extolling the progress of "pictorial linguistics." Accompanied by a Quimby the Mouse diagram.
Quotes from Time, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice Literary Supplement, The Onion, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Matt Groening, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free Press, Wired, The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, The Hartford Courant, The Virginia Pilot, The Madison Daily Cardinal, The Dallas Morning News, The Nashville Scene, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Seattle Stranger, The Silicon Valley Metro, The Washington City Paper, The Wall Street Journal, Ted Rall, The Washington Post, Robert Cook (from the Comics Journal message board), The London Independent, Zadie Smith, Dave Eggers, David Sedaris, San Jose Mercury News, The Omaha World Herald, The New York Times, The Boston Sunday Globe, The LA Times Book Review, The London Review of Books, The John Hopkins News-Letter, Time Out, CNN and BBC Newsnight.
Background details on how the story and book came into being. Accompanied by thirteen small drawings.
Ends on the inside back cover.
On the back cover