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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 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.

Paulie and Jem experience some strange encounters in BodyWorld.

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Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.