Ronnie Scott reviews 'Sensitive Creatures' by Mandy Ord

Sensitive Creatures 

by Mandy Ord

Allen & Unwin, $24.99 pb, 304 pp, 9781742372167

It’s a simple proposition: short graphic stories about city life, and one narrator – Mandy Ord – drawn with a single bulging eye. But the slice-of-life stories in Sensitive Creatures are rarely straightforward. Sweeping and brittle, kinetic and lush, this is a consistently surprising volume, at once an autobiography, a collection of vignettes, and a comprehensive catalogue of an artist’s career.

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Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is a contributor to The Big Issue and The Believer, and the comics and graphic novels critic for The Book Show on ABC Radio National. He is finishing a PhD on comics at The University of Melbourne, where he teaches. He edits The Lifted Brow, a freeform arts, culture, and fiction magazine.

Published in March 2012 no. 339

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