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The Search for Smilin' Ed

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Staff Pick

Original underground cartoonist Kim Deitch spins a hilarious yarn full of obsessive weirdos, investigating the mysterious demise of 1950s children's TV host Smilin' Ed and his sidekick, the gremlin Froggy. Jam packed with incredible visuals, dirty humanity, demons, aliens, and Waldo the Cat, all filtered through a haze of early Fleischer Brothers cartoons. Climb in and take this wild ride!
Recommended by Chris C., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Originally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin' Ed! is the latest of Kim Deitch's graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture.

Where Boulevard of Broken Dreams focused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Cat delved into the history of comic strips, and "Molly O'Dare" (collected in Shadowland) concerned vintage movie serials, The search for Smilin' Ed! explores the wacky world of children's TV shows.

Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite ("Y'know, I heard that when Smilin' Ed died... his body was never found!"), Deitch begins to uncover some truly amazing things about the kiddie-show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Meanwhile, Deitch's muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries of Smilin' Ed and Froggy.

Ranging across the entire twentieth century, replete with flashbacks, stories within stories, and guest appearances from other Deitch regulars, The Search for Smilin' Ed! is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest. For those whose heads have started to spin at the complexity of "Deitch world," Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos offers a lengthy essay on the ins and outs of this ever-evolving, ever-expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable.

Bonus! Deitch has also created a brand new story starring Waldo in his twenty-first century post-Alias The Cat state of domestic bliss, stumbling across an army of (French-) talking beavers. Of course, there's a story behind that...

Review:

"Originally serialized in the late "90s, this cartwheeling shaggy-dog story begins, like a lot of metafiction, with the semblance of reality: Deitch narrates the beginning as the tale of what happened when he looked into the fate of the host of one of his favorite TV shows from his youth, 'Smilin" Ed's Gang.' But by the time a frog demon reanimates a 19th-century French peasant whose brains it has eaten, it's fairly clear that Deitch is making stuff up. The fun of the book is the way it constantly darts back and forth across the line between genuine show-business lore (a favorite Deitch theme) and delirious whole-cloth invention. There are stories within stories, unreliable explainers, secret passageways that lead from one part of the tale to another. Deitch's artwork often seems stiff and busy-there's scarcely a patch of blank space or foursquare page layout in the entire book-but it's also utterly confident, building on the stylistic gestures of both the underground-comics scene that launched his career and the classic animation that inspired his talking-animal characters. For this edition, Deitch has added some new material, including an epilogue that throws a few more loops into his Byzantine personal mythology." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A long-gone children's show host propels Kim Deitch into another pop-culture investigation!

Synopsis:

Originally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin" Ed!is the latest of Kim Deitch"s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture.

Where Boulevard of Broken Dreamsfocused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Catdelved into the history of comic strips, and 'Molly O"Dare' (collected in Shadowland) concerned vintage movie serials, The search for Smilin" Ed!explores the wacky world of children"s TV shows.

Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite ('Y"know, I heard that when Smilin" Ed died... his body was neverfound!'), Deitch begins to uncover some truly amazing things about the kiddie-show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Meanwhile, Deitch"s muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries of Smilin" Ed and Froggy.

Ranging across the entire twentieth century, replete with flashbacks, stories within stories, and guest appearances from other Deitch regulars, The Search for Smilin" Ed!is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest. For those whose heads have started to spin at the complexity of 'Deitch world,' Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos offers a lengthy essay on the ins and outs of this ever-evolving, ever-expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable.

Bonus! Deitch has also created a brand new story starring Waldo in his twenty-first century post-Alias The Catstate of domestic bliss, stumbling across an army of (French-) talking beavers. Of course, there"s a story behind that...

About the Author

Kim Deitch lives in New York, NY, with his wife, the artist Pamela Butler. His books include The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Deitch's Pictorama, Shadowland, Alias the Cat, A Shroud for Waldo, and The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606993248
Author:
Deitch, Kim
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
144 bandw illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.60x5.90x.80 in. 1.00 lbs.

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Product details 144 pages Fantagraphics Books - English 9781606993248 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Original underground cartoonist Kim Deitch spins a hilarious yarn full of obsessive weirdos, investigating the mysterious demise of 1950s children's TV host Smilin' Ed and his sidekick, the gremlin Froggy. Jam packed with incredible visuals, dirty humanity, demons, aliens, and Waldo the Cat, all filtered through a haze of early Fleischer Brothers cartoons. Climb in and take this wild ride!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Originally serialized in the late "90s, this cartwheeling shaggy-dog story begins, like a lot of metafiction, with the semblance of reality: Deitch narrates the beginning as the tale of what happened when he looked into the fate of the host of one of his favorite TV shows from his youth, 'Smilin" Ed's Gang.' But by the time a frog demon reanimates a 19th-century French peasant whose brains it has eaten, it's fairly clear that Deitch is making stuff up. The fun of the book is the way it constantly darts back and forth across the line between genuine show-business lore (a favorite Deitch theme) and delirious whole-cloth invention. There are stories within stories, unreliable explainers, secret passageways that lead from one part of the tale to another. Deitch's artwork often seems stiff and busy-there's scarcely a patch of blank space or foursquare page layout in the entire book-but it's also utterly confident, building on the stylistic gestures of both the underground-comics scene that launched his career and the classic animation that inspired his talking-animal characters. For this edition, Deitch has added some new material, including an epilogue that throws a few more loops into his Byzantine personal mythology." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A long-gone children's show host propels Kim Deitch into another pop-culture investigation!
"Synopsis" by , Originally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin" Ed!is the latest of Kim Deitch"s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture.

Where Boulevard of Broken Dreamsfocused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Catdelved into the history of comic strips, and 'Molly O"Dare' (collected in Shadowland) concerned vintage movie serials, The search for Smilin" Ed!explores the wacky world of children"s TV shows.

Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite ('Y"know, I heard that when Smilin" Ed died... his body was neverfound!'), Deitch begins to uncover some truly amazing things about the kiddie-show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin. Meanwhile, Deitch"s muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries of Smilin" Ed and Froggy.

Ranging across the entire twentieth century, replete with flashbacks, stories within stories, and guest appearances from other Deitch regulars, The Search for Smilin" Ed!is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest. For those whose heads have started to spin at the complexity of 'Deitch world,' Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos offers a lengthy essay on the ins and outs of this ever-evolving, ever-expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable.

Bonus! Deitch has also created a brand new story starring Waldo in his twenty-first century post-Alias The Catstate of domestic bliss, stumbling across an army of (French-) talking beavers. Of course, there"s a story behind that...
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