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McNaught's contribution to the aforementioned A Graphic Cosmogony, "Pilgrims," was one of the real standouts, and his Birchfield Close is a masterpiece in miniature. There is a lot going on in this slim, 5" x 7" hardcover. First and foremost, there is a wholly successful evocation of the modern condition that reveals a heretofore unrecognized potential for visual poetry in suburban tract housing. This is no small achievement. It is accomplished through a highly disciplined use of the two-color palette in combination with a real tour de force in layout. Connoisseurs of the comics grid will find themselves returning to this work over and over again simply to marvel at its majestic overall form, as well as the subtle rhythms that are delicately woven throughout. Birchfield Close is a veritable definition of "deceptively simple." What at first glance appears a bunch of squares and rectangles filled with rudimentary drawing, will, when given the attention it is due, come alive and fill the reader with wonder. Check it out at Mr. McNaught's page devoted to it.