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Review: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell examine all kinds of love in Bizarre Romance

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.

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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.

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