book review: jar of fools

Jar of Fools is a comic by Jason Lutes about a couple of stage magicians, a conman and his daughter and a barrista. Everyone in the story is kind of a loser, not very good at what they do and haunted by things they couldn’t change.

It’s a very small scale story. There is a change-swapping con early on and it leads to the barrista punching someone and having the cops looking for her, but for the most part the objective stakes aren’t that high. For the characters though, these are the most important things in the world and the sense of sadness and desperation shows through.

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