Let Us Be Perfectly Clear is a collection of Paul Hornschemeier’s full colour
short stories and shows off his playful experimental side and his protean
stylistic verve. Perfectly Clear brings back into print stories that
Hornschemeier published in a variety of sources —his own self-published Forlorn Funnies, as well as strips that
originally appeared in independent magazines and papers — none of which has
been available to the book trade.
The book is designed as a
“flip book” in the tradition of the old Ace paperbacks, with one side featuring
comedic work (or as comedic as Hornschemeier's mind allows), and the other
decidedly more morose. With almost every page, we see a new style, a new
direction; with the resultant effect being that of an anthology by creators of
vastly contrasting sensibilities.
Let Us Be Perfectly Clear demonstrates Paul Hornschemeier’s versatility and
breadth in an elegantly produced book that will appeal to connoisseurs of
contemporary, cutting-edge cartoons and graphic novels.
Fantagraphics, hardback, 136 pages, published April 2007