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The Resource BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels ; illustrated by Ben Passmore

BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels ; illustrated by Ben Passmore

Label
BTTM FDRS
Title
BTTM FDRS
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written by Ezra Claytan Daniels ; illustrated by Ben Passmore
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Bottom feeders
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Language
eng
Summary
"Once a thriving working class neighborhood on Chicago's south side, the 'Bottomyards' is now the definition of urban blight. When an aspiring fashion designer named Darla and her image-obsessed friend, Cynthia, descend upon the neighborhood in search of cheap rent, they soon discover something far more seductive and sinister lurking behind the walls of their new home."--Provided by publisher
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  • This sharply observed satire stars a monstrous physical manifestation born of the evils of racism, gentrification, and cultural appropriation. When Darla, an unemployed African-American art school student, moves into a windowless former factory in the Bottomyards, a notoriously dangerous section of Chicago’s South Side, she begins to see and hear disquieting things. Her upper-class white pal, Cynthia, and Hadley, a fashion director, are initially afraid to visit (“That part of town is like a war-zone!”) but yet are attracted by the area’s “authenticity,” for which Darla calls Cynthia out: “You’re trying to use me and my scary black neighborhood to look cool.” Meanwhile, the terror lurking within Bottomyards’s secret passages has awakened, and an atmosphere of subtle menace builds into full-out chaos and body horror. Daniels (Upgrade Soul) manages to locate the humanity in even his least sympathetic characters while peppering the narrative with well-honed jabs at art school jargon and the frequent racial biases of mass media (exemplified here by the local media framing the breaking story as Cynthia’s rather than Darla’s). Passmore (Your Black Friend), a skilled visual stylist with a particularly fine, bright palette, ably renders the humor in the horror and the horror in the humor (the story’s title has a nasty double meaning). The book pokes fun at the zeitgeist with a sharp stick in a manner reminiscent of Jordan Peele’s film Get Out. (June)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 03/25/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Escaping her upwardly mobile parents, Darla moves back to their old neighborhood in Chicago's Bottomyards to find bare-bones housing where she can grow her design business on the cheap. Paradoxically, the area's "authentic" ambiance has begun attracting the trendy-chic media and business interests. But her huge, windowless building hides a secret legacy from a biotech invention twisted by would-be exploiters. A savage Afrofuturistic horror comedy about gentrification, racial invisibility, and cultural appropriation in knock-your-eyes-out, "non-literal" coloring. (SLJ 6/14/19) --Martha Cornog (Reviewed 11/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 10, p80)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10780519
Cataloging source
YDX
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Daniels, Ezra Claytan
Dewey number
741.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Passmore, Ben
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True
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  • Monsters
  • Gentrification
  • Social classes
  • Racism
  • Fashion designers
  • Chicago (Ill.)
Label
BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels ; illustrated by Ben Passmore
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1061818107
Dimensions
16 x 20 cm
Edition
Fantagraphics edition
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781683962069
Lccn
2018963543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1061818107
Label
BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels ; illustrated by Ben Passmore
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
on1061818107
Dimensions
16 x 20 cm
Edition
Fantagraphics edition
Extent
294 pages
Isbn
9781683962069
Lccn
2018963543
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1061818107

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