Bizarre Romance, by Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell
Abrams ComicArts, 168 pages, $31.99
What it’s about: Audrey Niffenegger writes and Eddie Campbell illustrates 13 puckish, high-concept short stories, tinged with the supernatural, which scrutinize varieties of love – straight and queer, romantic and platonic, as well as filial love, love for pets and love for a foundling cherub. Newly married themselves, Niffenegger and Campbell derive inspiration from their own romance, creating tales filled with broken marriages, second chances and all the quiet chaos of life.
What you see here: Campbell’s approach runs the gamut from spot illustrations sprinkled throughout longer prose pieces, to lushly painted, full-page images. Here, he opts for pure cartooning. Casual line work, photo-collage and charmingly offhanded colour experiments make for a sprightly interpretation of a household angel infestation.
Read if you like: Neil Gaiman works in much the same register – wistful, comic, lightly fantastic – but these stories also reprise the sci-fi conceit and romantic thrust of Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, and the earthy, irreverent wit of Campbell’s autobiographical Alec stories.