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.
Ron Regé, Jr
Holly Jane Zachary
From David Greenberger's introduction
to NO MORE SHAVES
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
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
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,
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
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 fit 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?"