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The Monkey-Head Complaint by John Robbins (2009)

The Monkey-Head Complaint is a comic created and published by John Robbins in 2009. He constructs a dense, multi-layered short story of emotional repression and violence, his tense linework and repetitive images held in a claustrophobic grid of panels. A man who spends his time trying to comply with the petty demands of his wife enounters a young man who shoplifts as the only expression of his individuality, the rest of his life being devoted to caring for his depressed mother. His advice to the young man that he should take charge of his own life and seek his own happiness has unforeseen consequences.

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