From Wired Magazine: BodyWorld Imagines Mind-Blowing Superdrug
In his bewildering but brilliant new graphic novel BodyWorld, Dash Shaw paints a portrait of a loopy botanist, expert in the ways of hallucinogenics, who discovers a superweed capable of triggering intense reactions when inhaled.
A vivid slice of neurofiction melded from a brash array of graphic styles, BodyWorld follows loose cannon Paulie Panther through the small town of Boney Boroughs, home to a creepy sport called Dieball. The pyschotropic fun begins when Paulie starts conducting DIY experiments involving two bright-eyed high school students and a sardonic sex bomb named Jem Jewel.
“I wanted to do a story about what it’s like to be inside of another person,” Shaw told Wired.com in an e-mail interview ahead of BodyWorld’s Tuesday release (Pantheon Books; $28). “Most telepathy in fiction that I’ve seen is like a computer burning a disc of information and uploading it to another computer, or a secret whisper being passed between two people. That’s b#$%@*#t to me.”
Shaw instead wanted to dramatize a kind of full-body ESP. “I don’t think telepathy would be limited to the brain and I don’t feel that people think exclusively in words, so the levels of telepathy in BodyWorld are my ideas about how this would happen,” he said.