Riccardo Burchielli is a new name to me. Apparently he's an Italian artist. His work has kind of a sketchy quality to it that reminds me heavily of Keith Giffen with kind of a Scot Kollins look to it. I also saw flashes of the Kuberts now and then. None of that is bad. I really dug the style and it really drew me in.
There's an extra section in the back entitled "New York Times" by Brian Wood that is kind of a visitor's guide to the DMZ giving little notes about the Lower East Side, Thai Time, Central Park, Anatomy of a Street Battle, Chinatown, Washington Heights, Street Art, Street Culture, Dining Out, Music, Books / Zines, Galleries, Ground Zero, and Stuy - Town. There are profiles on Booles the "ageless raceless hipster claiming an entire building on lower Eldridge; the Ghosts "protectors of the park, the trees, the zoo animals"; Jamal, Delo, Annie, Jenny, Cesar, Angie, Jin, Sue, Mike, Magnus, Debbie, Alex, Kelly Connolly, and Zee.
Great stuff. Highly recommended.
- Mark HONDO Brodersen