Empanelled Book Two: Frivolous Fables

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Book 2 of Empanelled collects R.Nold’s works of comicstrip Fantasy, featuring a serialisation of his epic Doctor Gumbo’s One True Jazz Comic, based on the 1970s ABC radio series on Sydney’s 2JJ, leavened with shorter stories of imagination.

A “Reality Interlude” comprises a panel by panel transcription of the 1980s notorious-among-musicians recording of drummer Buddy Rich castigating his recalcitrant band. A shocker.

The “P’Funktory P’Fantom” episodes are a sad indictment of what can happen when a comicbook Hero loses interest in his destiny as a Good Example.

Besides these Main Features, there are 28 shorter stories, plus more of Nold’s Flash Frames, gags, paintings, and full page reproductions of the famous Card series “The Act”, featuring the lachrymose clown, Boppo — and more arcane secrets from the Church of SubGenius!

Colour coded pages allow easy reference to serialised or single stories, but mainly continue a thrilling rainbow effect from Book 1.

“A perfect gift for Clowns, Fools and Numbskulls!”
— Dr. C. Gumbo

Sight Acts

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Another showbiz related story based around the artist’s diverse career in the Industry, includes weird historical acts as well some equally bizarre ‘turns’ which he actually experienced in the course of his working life.

Extras

As well as comicular art spanning several decades, Empanelled contains a wide selection of Linzee Arnold’s prodigious output — crazy creatures, peculiar paintings, gags, photographs and flash frames featuring his frequent brushes with fame.

Also included is a memoir of growing up in 1950s Hobart with his younger brother Barry, to whom he has dedicated this book.

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