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Surrealism and absurd humor wrestle with philosophy and theology in full-color graphic novel from Spain.

Created over a period of ten years by the acclaimed Spanish cartoonist Max (The Extended Dream of Mr. D, Drawn and Quarterly), Bardín the Superrealist is a suite of stories, musings and gags that, much like Dan Clowes's Ice Haven, can be read individually or together as one overarching story.

Heavily influenced by surrealists such as Luis Buñuel, and graphically by "clear-line" cartoonists from Hergé (Tintin) to Chris Ware, Bardín the Superrealist begins when everyman Bardín finds himself suddenly transported (well, at least his upper half) to another dimension, where an "Andalusian Dog" (a reference to Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou) serves as his ill-tempered guide.

In a series of vignettes, gags, illustrations, text pieces, and dream stories, ping-ponging back between the surrealist world and the "real" world, Bardín examines, questions, and defends his own beliefs, convictions and philosophies while tangling with the Dog and the Holy Trinity in a variety of guises (including a familiar-looking mouse with red shorts and white gloves).

In other stories, he imagines himself in a painting by Brueghel the Elder, tries to deal with his onanism in a productive way, is enlightened, dodges his real "creator" Max in the street, has several horrific nightmares and marvelous hallucinations, and, in the book's climactic episode, "The Sound and the Fury," battles a bona fida dragon.

Bardín the Superrealist is a playful, hilarious, thought-provoking (and beautifullyillustrated) major work by one of the great European cartoonists.

Review:

"Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin's funny and thoroughly humane adventures. In the first story, Bardin is taken to the superreal world by the Andalusian Dog, who complains about his misuse by Dal and Buuel. But Bardin also learns from this strange canine that he is the new custodian of this even stranger world. In another strip, pondering Brueghal's The Triumph of Death reassures Bardin about his own life. Max has designed Bardin with a large, essentially bald head perfect for drawing all kinds of emotions, ranging over fear, terror, righteous anger, and jocularity in the face of the truly weird. Almost all of the last half of the book is taken up by 'The Sound and the Fury,' a silent strip in which Bardin must fight through many bizarre situations as a knight complete with sword and helmet. Each page has four large panels for the action, so even though the ideas might be peculiar, the story reads clearly. As in the rest of the book, Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Catalan cartoonist Max carries on the tradition of surrealism, which Herbert Read tried to get called superrealism, in comics starring a big-headed little guy in a suit." Booklist

Synopsis:

Created over a period of ten years by the acclaimed Spanish cartoonist Max (The Extended Dream of Mr. D, Drawn and Quarterly), Bardín the Superrealist is a suite of stories, musings and gags that, much like Dan Clowes's Ice Haven, can be read individually or together as one overarching story.

Heavily influenced by surrealists such as Luis Bunuel, and graphically by "clear-line" cartoonists from Herge (Tintin) to Chris Ware, Bardín the Superrealist begins when everyman Bardín finds himself suddenly transported (well, at least his upper half) to another dimension, where an "Andalusian Dog" (a reference to Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou) serves as his ill-tempered guide.

In a series of vignettes, gags, illustrations, text pieces, and dream stories, ping-ponging back between the surrealist world and the "real" world, Bardín examines, questions, and defends his own beliefs, convictions and philosophies while tangling with the Dog and the Holy Trinity in a variety of guises (including a familiar-looking mouse with red shorts and white gloves).

In other stories, he imagines himself in a painting by Brueghel the Elder, tries to deal with his onanism in a productive way, is enlightened, dodges his real "creator" Max in the street, has several horrific nightmares and marvelous hallucinations, and, in the book's climactic episode, "The Sound and the Fury," battles a bona fida dragon. Bardín the Superrealist is a playful, hilarious, thought-provoking (and beautifully illustrated) major work by one of the great European cartoonists.

About the Author

Max lives on the island of Mallorca, Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560977599
Author:
Max
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060925
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color comics throughout
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
9.8 x 7 x 0.6 in 1.04 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Spanish cartoonist Max uses some of the most cherished pieces of high art as the catalyst for his character Bardin's funny and thoroughly humane adventures. In the first story, Bardin is taken to the superreal world by the Andalusian Dog, who complains about his misuse by Dal and Buuel. But Bardin also learns from this strange canine that he is the new custodian of this even stranger world. In another strip, pondering Brueghal's The Triumph of Death reassures Bardin about his own life. Max has designed Bardin with a large, essentially bald head perfect for drawing all kinds of emotions, ranging over fear, terror, righteous anger, and jocularity in the face of the truly weird. Almost all of the last half of the book is taken up by 'The Sound and the Fury,' a silent strip in which Bardin must fight through many bizarre situations as a knight complete with sword and helmet. Each page has four large panels for the action, so even though the ideas might be peculiar, the story reads clearly. As in the rest of the book, Max takes what can be impenetrable and uses some fine cartooning to make it accessible and enjoyable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Catalan cartoonist Max carries on the tradition of surrealism, which Herbert Read tried to get called superrealism, in comics starring a big-headed little guy in a suit."
"Synopsis" by , Created over a period of ten years by the acclaimed Spanish cartoonist Max (The Extended Dream of Mr. D, Drawn and Quarterly), Bardín the Superrealist is a suite of stories, musings and gags that, much like Dan Clowes's Ice Haven, can be read individually or together as one overarching story.

Heavily influenced by surrealists such as Luis Bunuel, and graphically by "clear-line" cartoonists from Herge (Tintin) to Chris Ware, Bardín the Superrealist begins when everyman Bardín finds himself suddenly transported (well, at least his upper half) to another dimension, where an "Andalusian Dog" (a reference to Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou) serves as his ill-tempered guide.

In a series of vignettes, gags, illustrations, text pieces, and dream stories, ping-ponging back between the surrealist world and the "real" world, Bardín examines, questions, and defends his own beliefs, convictions and philosophies while tangling with the Dog and the Holy Trinity in a variety of guises (including a familiar-looking mouse with red shorts and white gloves).

In other stories, he imagines himself in a painting by Brueghel the Elder, tries to deal with his onanism in a productive way, is enlightened, dodges his real "creator" Max in the street, has several horrific nightmares and marvelous hallucinations, and, in the book's climactic episode, "The Sound and the Fury," battles a bona fida dragon. Bardín the Superrealist is a playful, hilarious, thought-provoking (and beautifully illustrated) major work by one of the great European cartoonists.
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