by Larry Marder
Beanworld is aptly subtitled a very peculiar comic book experience: it's about the process of self-discovery for a small society of beans who live in a surreal little world. As the beans' knowledge of their world (and their place in it) expands, they uncover some difficult questions. What is art? What is religion? Why are these things valuable? How should one balance duty to society with one's desire to follow individual interests?
I really enjoy Beanworld; Marder's stylized art is great, and there is something very soothing about the beans' daily adventures. I recommend it, although it's not that easy to find copies of all 21 issues.
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