The Monster Without

Attaboy's mind travels places we don't want to go. But that's not to say we don't want to see where he's been. We do. And we can, because Attaboy is an illustrator and artist as well as a teller of bizarre tales. His garishly colored hypercartoony characters – vengeful flowers, frightened clowns, mutant crabs, one-eyed octopi – are pure joy layered with a thick coating of imminent terror. He's the co-publisher of a magazine called Hi Fructose that collects the images and words of like-minded sickos. As if that weren't enough, Attaboy has attempted to scare us even more with the title of his recent book: You Might Be a Monster. That's also what he's calling tonight's reading – but it's an event better described as a group transformation. You see, real live nonmutant people, who've never been inside Attaboy's head (that we know of), embody his wicked critters while they read. Doing the 'Boy's bidding are Jim Fourniadis, Dr. Hal Robins, Bryce Byerly, and Christina Shonkwiler, among others. And you, dear audience, do more than bear witness to this spectacle – there are “monster mouths” to strap on. Be warned, though: They could be a kind of mutation starter-kit. You might wake up tomorrow in a giant flower pot with eight legs and a cartoon “X” over your left eye.
Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m.; Thu., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., 2011

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