Conor Stechschulte’s “Monks Mound” : An Anthropological Examination Of Family Dysfunction

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Oblique connections are a recurring theme in Conor Stechschulte’s ongoing Generous Bosom graphic novel series, but the disparate threads that run parallel to each other in that multi-faceted narrative appear to be heading for some sort of convergence as the sure-to-be-big finale approaches; in his latest self-published standalone comic, though, entitled Monks Mound (or, if you prefer, “Monk’s Mound,” as the titular location is referred to in the text of the book itself), the connective tissues linking one of the stories to the other are left entirely in the hands of the reader to either discover or, as is more likely to be the case, intuit for themselves. The end result is a challenging and deliberately disjointed read, part family drama and part history lecture, the overall tone and feel of which is something akin to an ABC After School Special written and directed by David Lynch.

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