'Lowriders in Space' is a real goer

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Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez, looks like a new iteration of Zap Comix, but it's actually a cheery, energetic all-ages comic about, well, lowriders in space.

The story is about three friends -- an antelope, a mosquito, and an octopus -- who love lowriders and dream of owning their own garage someday. That starts to look possible when they see a poster for a lowrider contest, so they find an old junker and start fixing it up—using old airplane parts. When they start it up, the lowrider takes off into outer space, and they do the detailing there, grabbing Orion's belt, red velvet from Mars, and other fanciful heavenly materials to complete their look.

The story is lively and fun to read, but what really makes it sing is Gonzalez's dazzling, energetic art. His style is reminiscent of the underground comics of the 1960s; it has a retro feel to it, with characters that look like they could be from the 1940s or 50s, but a modern sensibility as well. All in all, it's a good children's book but one that adults can enjoy as well, on an entirely different level.

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