No More Shaves

 

No More Shaves is a collection of illustrated Duplex Planet stories, organized around six the men from the original Duplex Nursing Home in Boston in 1979.

Chapter 1 Fergie
Chapter 2 Bill Niemi
Chapter 3 Larry Green
Chapter 4 Ken Eglin
Chapter 5 Abe Surgecoff
Chapter 6 Arthur Wallace


 

The art work builds on Greenberger's text by further humanizing the elderly through the comics medium; the sympathetic lines of these excellent cartoonists give them immediate life and form.

The Artists:
Doug Allen
Rick Altergott
Dan Clowes
Dave Cooper
Dame Darcy
Andy Hartzell
Tim Hensley
Jeff Johnson
Gary Leib
Jason Lutes
Pat Moriarity
Paul Nitsche
George Parsons
Ron Regé, Jr
Dean Rohrer
Greg Ruth
Oscar Stern
Eric Theriault
Sam Torode
Wayno
J.R. Williams
Holly Jane Zachary

 
 

From David Greenberger's introduction to NO MORE SHAVES

"Humor has always played a key role in my work for a most simple reason: humor is a step by which we get to know another person. Humor is the first socially acceptable level of emotional exchange. Assessing someone's sense of humor is a determining factor in whether or not a friendship is built.

"The Duplex Planet Illustrated came to life at around the ten year mark, when, with about a hundred issues behind me, Dan Clowes asked if he could adapt some of the material into a full page presentation in the new comic book he was just starting, Eightball. Those original, elegant question and answer pages brought forth the idea that a full comic book adaptation of this material would be a worthy new avenue. This book is organized around six of the men I originally met at the Duplex Nursing Home in Boston in 1979, when I worked at the small all-male facility as the activities director. What conveys a greater contrast to public perceptions of aging more than populating a comic book with the elderly? In some instances, artists used actual photos to base the characters on, but in most cases, I wanted to let nature take its course. Even in its literary form, I have tried not to create a documentary about these people. Rather, the focus has been on how all of us fir in with them. If what the elderly have in common - that they're all old – is taken out of the equation, then what we gain are encounters with a remarkable array of individual beings. And isn't that exactly what we are?"