Jörg Tittel and John Aggs’ graphic novel is part Die Hard, part Disneyland; an illustrated trip through all the weirdness of contemporary copyright culture. Of course it belongs here.
At first glance, nothing is original in Ricky Rouse Has A Gunl. And that’s the point. A U.S. Army deserter swaps camouflage for fake mouse ears in a knock-off theme park outside of Shanghai. He fights neocons. He maybe saves the day. Ricky Rouse is action, and comedy, and all in good fun. It’s also a beautiful, ruthless examination of quotation culture; our world as imitation.
Last April, SelfMadeHero brought an exclusive preview of Ricky Rouse to BitTorrent Bundle: featuring 33 pages from the graphic novel and a music video from James Lavelle. The preview Bundle was downloaded by more than 245,000 fans around the world. According to SelfMadeHero’s Sam Humphrey:
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Ricky Rouse Has a Gun was named one of the Best Books of 2014 by Boston Globe and is also available in Paperback from all quality booksellers.