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Returns to Normal

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His book title notwithstanding, normal is not included in British cartoonist Glen Baxter’s visual vocabulary. Baxter’s latest collection, Returns to Normal, consolidates his obsessions- knights, cowboys, private-school students, and eccentric families, all entangled in absurdist conundrums and rituals: Robin Hood and his merry men wrestle over the remote control; a military squadron hunts down a boy in possession of overdue library books; a group of leaderless scouts rings a campfire over a caption that deadpans, ”The best part of the day was the singalong round the smouldering remains of the scoutmaster’s luggage.” Baxter’s oblique surrealism and wobbly characters make him a cartoon original, with a knack for menacing understatement that would have warmed Charles Addams’ heart. A