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Jazz Comic Book Gets Buggy

Steve Lafler’s Bughouse (Top Shelf Productions, 2000) is a “jazz-noir picture novel” about a jazz band by the same name that, well, hmmm, how do you say…I’ll let his publisher explain it to you:

“Set in an ‘insect noir’ Manhattan of the early ’50s, “Bughouse is built on an ensemble of characters, who are essentially human beings with buglike features. Tenor saxophone maestro Jimmy Watts leads his talented band of bugs from the swing era into the uncharted maelstrom of bop. And as he and his band mates claw their way to the top of the jazz world, they must fight the temptation to be consumed by addiction to a substance known as ‘bug juice’ (users of bug juice cook the drug over flames and suck it in through their antennae). Never has a more ‘human’ portrait of drug addiction been portrayed, and never before has the art of music felt more alive and real on the printed page.”


How about them bebopin’ arthropods? Bughouse was acclaimed throughout underground comics fandom, and it was named as one of “The Best Graphic Novels of the 21st Century” by TheComicStore.com.

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