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The Great Unwashed [Hardcover]

Gary Pleece , Warren Pleece
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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Books Ltd; First edition (31 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957069405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957069404
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Vividly brilliant, some of the best works of indie-comics Britain." (Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan)

"Warren Pleece at his finest. It's stuff like this that made me want to work with him in the first place."  (Ed Brubaker, Criminal)

"Gary's expertly sly dialogue and Warren's sleazy line lurch from the same dubious alleyway, promising illicit delights that not even twenty Silk Cut and a bottle of Buckfast can match. Nobody dies it better than these two. Right, there you go, lads - that'll be a pint." (Garth Ennis, Preacher)

"Their stories are splashed across eras, yet almost all feature someone dissatisfied with their lot, be it a pirate trapped in the clichés of his trade, or an old man sitting on a train regretting the turning point of his life. . . a prescription for experiencing life beyond the computer and drawing board." (Frank Plowright, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die


Where dreams blow away with the chip-paper on the wind...
In the lowering gloom of a seedy British resort a poignant, scowling cast of lost souls long for a place to call home---and it looks like it's about to rain.


Warren and Gary Pleece are brothers from Brighton, who at an early age were very much younger than they are today. A life-long joy in creating comics, where Gary writes, and Warren draws the pictures has continued to this day. Other works include:Montague Terrace and Warren has created many graphic novels including Life Sucks with Jessica Abel & Gabriel Soria, and Incognegro, with Mat Johnson. They beg you to buy this book, otherwise you may never appreciate its dark charm and characteristic inky noir.

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Between the short stories lay a vast open sea, perhaps an allegory for where lost souls might collect, or where "The Great Unwashed" stand and gaze with regret. For "The Great Unwashed", the subject matter of this book, was a term originally coined by novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton to describe rather disparagingly the common people who do not live clean and moral lives. Within the stories, bleak moods of seedy resorts are captured in fitting black and white tone, with times and places spanning over London in World War II to New York in the hipster 70's - the scenes are snapped, taken, almost stolen, to goad out the more subverted and dysfunctional shades of our lifetimes. In the vein of Robert Crumb's left field satire and controversy Gary and Warren Pleece, two suburban brothers from London have created an eclectic source of `unwashed' characters - the down and out comedian, the immoral private detective, the bigot salesmen are to name a few. Captured with astute, unflinching detail - colloquial dialogue n' all, show that both the author and artist have clearly worked hard to create the desired effect for each story. This is a collection of classic alternative comic strips, professionally inked that make subtle statements over the state of our unwashed times. We at [...] the independent graphic novel reviewers, believe this book would make a great birthday present for the keen comic-reader, or sit real nice on your shelf.

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