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The B Book

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9780446518017: The B Book

Brian Randall spent eight years building The B Book. Each of its lavish 46 color plates was painstakingly created by hand. The sets, the costumes, the spectacular photography, along with the punchy text unite in telling a riotous story and modern-day myth of Little Miss Bee and Mr. Sun.
Growing up in the '80s, an era of shabby values and social irresponsibility, Miss Bee, a very American child, searches for happiness and discovers timeless truths in her own backyard. Set against today's cultural landscape, hers is an American allegory of greed vs. charity...of good vs. evil...of recent despair and current hope.
Here is a unique gift for people of all ages; a magical picture book that will intrigue and inform you, dazzle and delight you again and again and again....

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From Publishers Weekly:

Freelance designer and multimedia artist Randall has produced a kitschy high-concept comic book recounting the rise and fall of Miss Bee, a teenager from suburban Sunnyview who sets out to build her own corporate empire. An inveterate material girl, Miss Bee becomes a successful manufacturer of everything from clothes to cars to real estate; she graces the cover of every imaginable magazine and engulfs the world in products stamped with her trademark B. Success nevertheless transforms the imperious Miss Bee into a campy tyrant, a hybrid of Richy Rich, Mussolini and Joan Crawford. When she torments her workers and raises their taxes, Miss Bee is overthrown and forced to return to humble, edenic Sunnyview. This oblique fable about corporate greed is equally lavish and bizarre. Each plate is an elaborate collage of cartoonish backdrops, painted models in theatrical poses, sets bedecked with hundreds of trinkets and thrift-store collectibles. Like its heroine, this unique book suffers from an ideologically conflicted, post-Pop art sensibility: at once critical of and shrewdly exploitative of corporate hype and commerce, it fails as a modern morality tale and will likely be offputtingly weird to most readers.
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From Kirkus Reviews:

What to say about an elaborate picture book for adults? The B Book has credits in the back, at the top of which reads ``written and directed by Brian Randall.'' There's also a crew, a cast, and people responsible for sets and design. Animation and staged photography make the story of B something to look at, with some pages resembling the photographs of Cindy Sherman and others, intentionally, like comic-book spreads of the Nuremberg rallies. A little girl named B has dreams of capitalist power and grandeur that make her a mixture of Richie Rich and the Wicked Witch of the West. The story is a simple morality tale, told in a children's- book text, of how B learns that her dreams will lead her into error and gains some modest family values. Campy. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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