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"This is the psychedelic comic I've wished existed for years but never found. A system of one, a comic unlike all the others---Lukic's writing and drawing seem to owe little to any clear influences. And yet this is not an inchoate work of art but rather an imposing one that demands (many) reactions."
-Austin English
Best of 2017, Comics Journal


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Journal of Smack - Issue # 6

Journal of Smack - Issue # 5

The story of Deb and Fran is the most pathetic and ungraceful love story I've ever seen. Between Deb, a disillusioned star whose abusive married boyfriend dumps her and leaves her even more uptight and confused than she already was, and Fran, so desperate for attention that he spends his days & nights going to bars and restaurants aggravating people, there is a chaotic and disenchanted match from the start. Just like so many pairings that we see every day. Guest appearance from Grisélidis Réal, the famous anarchist prostitute from Geneva.

The newest addition to Journal of Smack is the love story unfolding in the excerpts included in this show. We have a guy addicted to the past and to a soap opera from his hometown, his wife Dara is addicted to a dream -her reality is much like a nightmare-and her husband is so addicted to the lead star of a soap opera, Kay, who is addicted to a drug. "Human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find – the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe." (Prof. Peter Cohen)  

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