Anti-Gone Blog Post

I tend to not enjoy comic books, but Anti-Gone was pretty intriguing. Its confusing nature gave room for full immersion, as I not only had to figure out what was happening, but from whose perspective. The parts of this book that really confused me are: (1) when Lynxa supposedly drowns and (2) the very ending when Spyda and the dog leave the movie theater. In two of the little vertical panels about 4 pages away from the end, we see Spyda calling someone, which I assumed was Lynxa. However, on the next page, we see him eating a sandwich and listening to music. While of course this book is seemingly not suppose to make sense, I am left questioning why Spyda did not go looking for his female companion. Because of this, I decided that the little guy was not the narrator. I believe that there is no narrator, that Lynxa does not exist, and that Spyda is the dreamer. Lynxa could just be a part of this hallucination, which would kind of explain why she disappears and he does not even notice. But then again, many question arise with that interpretation. Ultimately, I truly appreciate how complex and thought-provoking Anti-Gone is, and how it challenges the idea of normativity.


2 thoughts on “Anti-Gone Blog Post

  1. I agree with you in that Anti-Gone challenges normal conventions of storytelling and a logical narrative flow. It was enjoyable to engage with work that broke these standards with as much, if not more, intensity & curiosity as any other work. All of your questions and theories are interesting; I also found myself questioning possible plot holes and the plausibility of seemingly contradictory events. However, given the nature of Anti-Gone, I’m not willing to place much stock in one, true explanation lying somewhere within it. I think that all interpretations are valid here.

  2. While it is true that we do not see Spyda actively search for Lynxa, I interpreted this as happening in between the panels. I also think that showing him eating alone in the restaurant makes it seem like he is at least waiting for Lynxa, as he is quietly staying in one place as opposed to just going off on another adventure. Your theory that Lynxa does not exist is an interesting one, and I think in a way it is true, as I interpret the story as Spyda looking back in his time with her. However, if she did not exist at all it would not explain how other characters besides Spyda interact with her, and it would be strange that we seem to see parts of the story from her perspective.

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