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A Big-and-Tall Tale: See The Lovely, Haunting Images Of Matt Kindt's '3 Story'

The cover of Matt Kindt's '3 Story.'

hide captionMatt Kindt's 3 Story tells the tale of a very large man who does not defy the laws of physics. We've got lots more of the beautiful art below.

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Where there are comics, there be giants. All those oversized robots/monsters/planetophages/sentient chemical spills aren't gonna fight themselves, after all.

What the giants of comicdom share, besides a fondness for stretch fabrics and some disappointingly on-the-nose names (Giant-Man! Giganta! Gargantua! Colossal Boy!), is a willful disregard for basic laws of physics.

Not so Craig Pressgang, protagonist of Matt Kindt's wistful, assured and ultimately haunting new graphic novel, 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man.

In telling this tale of an average boy who grows unusually tall (and then just keeps on growing) Kindt loads up the narrative with exactly the kind of details that the spandex set blithely ignores - details that make his hero's plight vividly real. Where, and how, will he live? What does he wear? Eat? Whom does he love, and who could love him back? And what happens to a person who finds himself growing steadily, inexorably beyond the scale at which human lives are lived out?

3 Story is a sad, quiet tale, and Kindt imagines its world so fully that when it begins to go feathery at the edges - when its flatly asserted reality grows surreal - we follow eagerly along. He uses mixed-media (press clippings, blueprints, magazine ads, biography excerpts) to help create the book's singular tone, but it's his art that does the real heavy lifting here. His heavy, scribbly linework, executed with a precise but unfussy care, looks like nothing else out there.

See what I mean, after the jump.

Several panels from Matt Kindt's '3 Story.'
Dark Horse Comics
Several panels from Matt Kindt's '3 Story.'
Dark Horse Comics
Several panels from Matt Kindt's '3 Story.'
Dark Horse Comics
Several panels from Matt Kindt's '3 Story.'
Dark Horse Comics

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