cover image Kinky & Cosy

Kinky & Cosy

Nix. NBM (, $15.99 (96p) ISBN 978-1-56163-604-4

Part South Park, part Flight of the Concords, Kinky and Cosy offers a series of comic strips about “the most dangerous twin girls in the universe” by the Belgian artist Nix. The surreal, darkly funny strips, each three panels, follow the girls through their antics at grade school and home, as they torture their parents, teacher, and strangers with equal skill. Nix’s candy-colored palette and charming illustrations have the look of a children’s book, but the subject matter is definitely adult only. The twins’ mother’s love of vibrators is a recurring theme; a neo-Nazi makes an appearance; and the girls joke about fisting in their language arts class. There are 16 brain teasers at the end of the book, including visual puzzles and mazes; an answer key helps readers out with all but two. There are also photographs interspersed among the strips, featuring adult men made up to look like the girls and their father. The book is beautifully designed, with a foil cover that also includes cutouts to make room for the “googly eyes” of the girls. (Sept.)