Dylan Horrocks was born in 1966 and lives in New Zealand with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the comic book series Pickle and Atlas and has written for DC Comics, including Hunter: The Age of Magic and Batgirl. His recent work can be found at hicksvillecomics.com
Researching a biography of Dick Burger, the world's most successful comics creator, Leonard Batts visits Burger's hometown, tiny Hicksville, New Zealand. He finds a community where everyone is a comics expert-and the library circulates original copies of Action Comics #1-but Burger is persona non grata. Only unemployed cartoonist Sam, Burger's childhood friend, shares information, but even he won't explain what Burger did to earn the town's censure. This reissue of a modern classic, originally published in 1998 and nominated for a Harvey Award, features a new introduction in comics form by Horrocks. VERDICT Referencing figures from Rodolphe Topffer to Todd McFarlane, Horrocks displays a deep knowledge of comics history and a commitment to the art form's power, but also sadness at how comics creators (and characters) have been treated in the name of commercial interest. The moving stories of Sam and also Grace, a Hicksville expatriate returning to pick up the threads of a complicated life, provide indie credibility, but the book's focus on comics (superhero comics in particular) will appeal to some who would normally shun indie work.-S.R. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
Praise for "Hicksville: " "Dylan Horrocks is clever, funny, and very, very good at making comic books. His characters grab you and haunt you and even make you worry for them. Buy this guy's comics.He knows what he's doing." "-"FRANK MILLER, author of "Dark Knight Returns ""["Hicksville"] is . . . a celebration of the richness of the comics artform." "-"Detroit "Metro Times ""A languid, Borgesian tale of love and theft that treats comics-and an unabashed love of the medium's folksy energy and rhythms-with poetic weight. ["Hicksville"] is a classic." "-Austin American-Statesman"