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Jar of Foolsby Jason Lutes
Synopses & Reviews
Ernie is an alcoholic stage magician haunted by lost love and his brothers suicide, and hes hooked up with his senile mentor in one last effort to sort his life out. But Ernie needs to keep Flosso the Magnificent with him in the present and by his side to guide Ernie through these difficult days. These two magicians have run out of escape tricks but they cant stop running.
Esther is still numb with grief for Ernies brother. She works at a coffee shop and has allowed her heart to simply atrophy while a torrent of rage builds slowly inside her. Nathan Lender is a small time grifter living on his wits and in a car with his twelve-year-old daughter, Claire. Hes running out of time to fix the past and make things right for his daughter. One morning Nathan Lender makes the mistake of trying to con Esther at the coffee counter. Circumstance will bring a desperate group of people together, all at the end of their rope. An unlikely kind of love grows from these broken people who discover the act of self-sacrifice can perform miracles.
"Jason Lutes burst into the medium with this astonishingly controlled and assured work of emotional richness and artistic clarity, the caliber of which many spend their entire careers trying to come near. Jar of Fools is a gem, steeped firmly in the traditions of neo-realism and social fiction." Matt Fraction, ArtBomb.net
"[D]eep and rich and subtle....The characters are wonderful, realistic and sad....Jar of Fools is a worthy addition to the ranks of serious graphic novels meant for an older audience. Highly recommended for adults and teens with a taste for thoughtful comics." D. Aviva Rothschild, RationalMagic.com
"Not to be hyperbolic, but Jar of Fools is quite literally one of the best realistic graphic novels ever produced....It is a brilliant work of fiction, standing up to any work of literature in any other medium." Steve Higgins, NewComicReviews.com
Wonder Boys meets Kavalier and Klay in a Sundance film, set in contemporary, fictional Seattle.
One of the most successful books of the past decade is back in a new printing (the first-ever printing by Drawn & Quarterly), just in time for the new century! The New York Times Book Review called Jar of Fools "...a lovely, short 'picture novel' exploring the tenacious bond between an alcoholic stage magician and his cranky mentor." Jason Lutes' formidable skills as an artist and writer are in evidence here in his first book as he relates the story of Ernie Weiss, a former magician haunted by the death of his escape-artist brother and a failed romance. With the recent release of Berlin: Book One, this new edition of Jar of Fools will serve as an excellent introduction to the early work of Jason Lutes.
About the Author
Jason Lutes is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. He has worked as an art director and editor for various alternative media and comics companies but he's happiest being his own boss. He freelances from his new home in Asheville, North Carolina.
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