Another comic I have just finished indulging in, The Bunker by Bruce Mutard. I really enjoyed this story. The Bunker reminded me of the Australian movie ‘The Year My Voice Broke’, which I have only just been introduced to recently. This piece is Mutards first full graphic novel, published by IMAGE in 2003.
The Bunker is a bittersweet story about two teenagers, Jason and Annie, who have been neighbours and best friends all their lives. Jase (14 yrs) is discovering that he has a sexual desire towards Annie (15 yrs), who has secretly been sleeping on his top-bunk ever since she claimed that a ghost was haunting her bedroom at night. Annie is clearly going through the motions of becoming a woman, growing up without looking back, but unfortunately leaving Jason behind, with no intention of exploring the possibilities of expanding their platonic relationship. It’s not a simple story. Although these two teens have been inseparable for most of their lives, it seems that there is still much to be revealed beneath the surface. And it’s not pretty. As we all know, things change as we grow older and try to find ourselves. It’s not always easy when we are forced to face reality. I really encourage you to read and soak up the artwork in this beautiful book. This story is gutsy and challenging. Thanks again for a wonderful read Bruce Mutard – keep ’em coming.
This story was inspired by a three page comic by Jayr Pulga, I Fell Asleep Waiting For Her, published in Raw Vol 2 in 1993. I did some research to find out more about this story but with no luck just yet, so if anyone can hit me up with more info, I would love to hear from you.