25 Books to Read Before You Die
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund



We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
  1. $11.87 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$14.50
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Remote Warehouse Literature- A to Z

Mome 1

by

Mome 1 Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A new quarterly anthology of the best new talent in the sequential arts.

Written and Illustrated by Andrice Arp, Gabrielle Bell, Marc Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb, Sammy Harkham, David Heatley, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, John Pham, and Kurt Wolfgang. Designed by Jordan Crane. Edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds.

MOME: (mome) n. 1. (archaic) blockhead; fool. 2. The cutting-edge of literary comics for the 21st Century.

Every "period" in modern comics history has had its anthology that tapped into the zeitgeist and foreshadowed a new "generation" of cartoonists (Zap in the '60s; Arcade in the '70s; RAW and Weirdo in the '80s, etc.). For the new millennium, there is MOME. This accessible, reasonably priced quarterly book will run approximately 136 pages per volume and spotlight a regular cast of a dozen of today's most exciting cartoonists. Designed by acclaimed designer and cartoonist Jordan Crane, MOME will feature an iconic design and consistent format that should quickly establish the anthology as the most distinctive and accessible anthology of literary comics available.

Awareness of comics with greater aesthetic ambition continues to rise simultaneous to the rebirth of the literary journal, as seen with publications like McSweeney's (which features several MOME contributors) or The Believer magazine. Though virtually every cutting-edge literary journal these days has flirted with comics, MOME is the first all-comics literary anthology designed to sit alongside publications like Granta, The Baffler, McSweeney's, et. al., and is designed to appeal as much to fans of contemporary literary fiction as longtime comics fans.

Like R. Crumb's legendary Zap anthology, MOME will feature the same collective of artists every issue, allowing the artists and audience to grow together and build an ongoing identity that is highly unusual for the world of contemporary comics (where many authors publish sporadically by literary standards, given the labor intensive nature of comics). The first volume of MOME will feature the following:

  • John Pham's (Epoxy) "221 Sycamore Street" follows the lives of five main characters who live in a single, two-story "craftsmen" style house in Los Angeles. The strip will be comprised of stand alone one-pagers that overlap storylines to create a larger narrative. Presented in the form of a big, vertical Sunday newspaper page, Pham's mix of form and content harken back to classic serial strips like Gasoline Alley.
  • Paul Hornschemeier (Mother Come Home and Forlorn Funnies) contributes a six-part graphic novella titled "Life with Mr. Dangerous." This full-color narrative centers around two characters, Amy Breis and Mr. Dangerous. Amy struggles to define a life outside of the example her mother provides (working as a retail clerk all her life). Amy's past and present romantic life are a mess, the only person she cares about lives half the country away in San Francisco, and she finds herself spending far too much time watching a cartoon, "Mr. Dangerous."
  • Anders Nilsen's (Big Questions) "The Beast" is a full-color, 12-page absurdist monologue by a single character on the push-and-pull of art and politics, aesthetics and state violence, freedom and responsibility. Things happen around him, he is imprisoned and set free, there are conspiracies, intrigues, but his attention scarcely leaves the philosophical problems. Presented as a series of two-page spreads, each spread features a color landscape photograph, with characters, actions, and objects superimposed by Nilsen.
  • Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, McSweeney's) contributes a brutal character study about a young man who turns up missing. His car is found a week later, his body days after that in an abandoned warehouse. The possibility of foul play looms large, but what really happened is both simple and senseless and makes one question how much or little friendship can mean.
  • David Heatley (McSweeney's) contributes the first of a series of stories revolving around a cast of characters in a town called "Overpeck" (also the name of the strip). Originally conceived in a dream, as are many of Heatley's comics, he has fleshed out his initial, unconscious creations into a developed cast of characters that inhabit this town, with each self-contained story focusing on a different character or characters.
  • Andrice Arp adapts a Japanese fairy tale called Jewels of the Sea. A prince loses his brother's best fish hook and travels to the bottom of the sea to find it, only to discover treasures beyond his imagining.
  • Kurt Wolfgang (Where Hats Go) delivers a wordless, two-color comic fable, starring a boy who makes a wish by throwing a coin from a bridge into a creek. The coin sets off a chain reaction of unexpected events that eventually lead to his wish being fulfilled before his very eyes.
  • Gabrielle Bell contributes The Upstairs Cowboy, a short story and period piece focusing on a conversation between a young struggling artist and a successful but troubled entrepreneur, at the height of the 1990's dot-com boom.
  • Jonathan Bennett (Esoteric Tales) delivers a tale about a man who looks out his apartment window with binoculars and sees a promising bunch of trash out for pick-up on the corner. What he finds upon further inspection takes him in unexpected directions...
The first volume is rounded out with autobiography from the Harvey Award-nominated "Best New Talent" Sophie Crumb (Belly Button Comix), as well as new comics from Marc Bell (Shrimpy & Paul) and Sammy Harkham (Kramer's Ergot).

Review:

"This new anthology highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of a new generation of alternative comics artists. Today's art comics scene seems to offer a variety of unusual, nuanced drawing styles on the one hand, but a lesser variety of wan, hyper-quirky narratives on the other. The comics in this volume can be engaging, but they can also be too opaque for clear meaning or just elegantly aimless. Anders Nilson's genially surreal story 'The Beast,' in which a faceless cartoon figure roughly drawn on photographs delivers an absurd tale, falls into the later category. So does 'Passing Before Life's Very Eyes,' Kurt Wolfgang's cartoon meditation on impending death, though its comic intent and lively drawing rescue it from complete oblivion. Gabrielle Bell's 'I Feel Nothing,' in which diffident girl meets passive-aggressive boy, and '221 Sycamore Ave,' John Pham's enigmatic story of an utterly ordinary girl and a boy with an utterly unusual nose, are two of the best examples of thoughtfully rendered artwork combined with an engagingly oddball story. Also of note is Paul Hornschemeier's 'Living with Mr. Dangerous,' a methodically paced story of individual torpor. Additional work by Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb and Jonathan Bennett add up to a very good selection of new art comics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A] handsome collection, the size of literary journal, mixing color and black and white all in service of throwing the spotlight on a lot of the more interesting young cartoonists....The bulk of the cartoonists provide solid primers to their work as seen to date." ComicsReporter.com

Synopsis:

A new quarterly anthology of the best new talent in the sequential arts — in color, part-color, and black-and-white. The regular roster of artists gives the series a concrete identity. Quarterly schedule allows readers to look forward to favorite artists on a regular basis. Created for a general audience of literature fans, with a focus on contemporary fiction and narrative.

About the Author

Gary Groth is the founder and president of Fantagraphics Books.

Eric Reynolds is a longtime editor whose credits include The Complete Crumb Comics, The Comics Journal, Dirty Stories, and Hysteria In Remission.

Both live in Seattle, WA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560976509
Editor:
Groth, Gary
Editor:
Reynolds, Eric
Editor:
Reynolds, Eric
Editor:
Groth, Gary
Author:
Groth, Gary
Author:
Arp, Andrice
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Summer 2005
Series:
Mome: A Literary Anthology with a Twist
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
July 31, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
9.10x7.10x.55 in. .87 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Girls and boys Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. Caricature Used Trade Paper $9.00
  3. Fun House Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. The Push Man and Other Stories Sale Trade Paper $8.50
  5. Berlin, Book 1: City of Stones Used Trade Paper $12.00
  6. Unlikely
    Used Trade Paper $7.50

Related Subjects

» Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Anthologies
» Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » General
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Mome 1 New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$14.50 In Stock
Product details 120 pages Fantagraphics Books - English 9781560976509 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This new anthology highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of a new generation of alternative comics artists. Today's art comics scene seems to offer a variety of unusual, nuanced drawing styles on the one hand, but a lesser variety of wan, hyper-quirky narratives on the other. The comics in this volume can be engaging, but they can also be too opaque for clear meaning or just elegantly aimless. Anders Nilson's genially surreal story 'The Beast,' in which a faceless cartoon figure roughly drawn on photographs delivers an absurd tale, falls into the later category. So does 'Passing Before Life's Very Eyes,' Kurt Wolfgang's cartoon meditation on impending death, though its comic intent and lively drawing rescue it from complete oblivion. Gabrielle Bell's 'I Feel Nothing,' in which diffident girl meets passive-aggressive boy, and '221 Sycamore Ave,' John Pham's enigmatic story of an utterly ordinary girl and a boy with an utterly unusual nose, are two of the best examples of thoughtfully rendered artwork combined with an engagingly oddball story. Also of note is Paul Hornschemeier's 'Living with Mr. Dangerous,' a methodically paced story of individual torpor. Additional work by Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb and Jonathan Bennett add up to a very good selection of new art comics." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A] handsome collection, the size of literary journal, mixing color and black and white all in service of throwing the spotlight on a lot of the more interesting young cartoonists....The bulk of the cartoonists provide solid primers to their work as seen to date."
"Synopsis" by , A new quarterly anthology of the best new talent in the sequential arts — in color, part-color, and black-and-white. The regular roster of artists gives the series a concrete identity. Quarterly schedule allows readers to look forward to favorite artists on a regular basis. Created for a general audience of literature fans, with a focus on contemporary fiction and narrative.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.