Arts & Culture News

Ain't Them Bodies Saints Inspired This Cool, Digital Comic Book

David Lowery's newest film Ain't Them Bodies Saints formally opens in Dallas Friday at the Magnolia, but many locals have already caught a viewing -- either through a leaked screener or June's surprise Oak Cliff Film Festival airing. Even if you haven't, let me assure you: Lowery's gritty love story is compelling. By allowing the lead's bond (played by Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara) to unfold through flashbacks, you trust the pair has always existed within each other's gravity.

Their prefated destiny, anchored off-camera, is revealed through sparse, quick snippets of shared scenes, peaking up throughout the film. Lowery wanted to tap their mysterious past so he, Criterion Collection's design artist Eric Skillman and comic book artist Matthew Southworth created a digital, illustrated prequel. New Tattoo summons those early, lusty years -- before the botched robbery, prison and baby. Flip through the thing, for free, here.

See Also: Filmmaker David Lowery Works With the Stars, but None Shine Quite as Bright as His Home State and David Lowery on Ain't Them Bodies Saints and the Influence of Texas vs. Taxes

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Jamie Laughlin
Contact: Jamie Laughlin

Latest Stories