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ISBN13: 9781584231844
ISBN10: 158423184x
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Publisher Comments:

With his Kramer's Ergot series cartoonist, editor and publisher Sammy Harkham has created a comics anthology that outdoes all others — in size, style and content. Poor Sailor is his own pen and ink on bristol contribution to Kramer's Ergot #4, reproduced in mini format. It is based on Guy de Maupassant's short story, At Sea, the message of which is the tragedy that occurs when property protection prevails over human suffering and loss.

Poor Sailor uses few words to tell the similar tale of a woodsman who trades a simple but contented life for adventure at sea, and the high price he must pay for it. Harkham's quiet tone is eery, emotional, honest and moving — all of the things this gifted cartoonist believes a comic should be. Poor Sailor is a must have for comics enthusiasts of all dispositions.

Review:

"This haunting tale was previously seen as a mini-comic and as part of the revolutionary Harkham-edited anthology Kramer's Ergot #4, but as a stand-alone, it becomes an object of beauty and depth. Harkham's inspiration is de Maupassant's short story 'At Sea,' in which a fishing boat captain chooses to let his brother lose his arm rather than lose a catch. Around that incident Harkham masterfully weaves an entire life of squandered happiness. When we meet Thomas, he has retired from the sea to live a simple frontier life with his wife. Then his sea captain brother shows up, enticing him with tales of adventures and riches. 'I'll be back soon,' he jauntily tells his wife as he leaves. But the journey is not what was advertised — by the time Thomas returns, his quest for adventure has cost him everything he hoped to return to. With simple pictures devoid of shading, Harkham presents a panorama of the human experience, from quiet fulfillment to savage violence. The real power, though, is in how he uses images to show the changes in Thomas's life. Similar pictures of Thomas on the roof at the beginning and end of the tale bracket the difference between hope and despair." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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crowyhead, October 29, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a short graphic novel, told almost entirely in wordless single-page illustrations. It tells the poignant story of a man called to the sea, and what befalls him. I liked the art style -- it reminded me a bit of Craig Thompson's work on Goodbye, Chunky Rice, but overall the book was a little too spare for my tastes.
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april f, September 5, 2007 (view all comments by april f)
Poor Sailor is a simple yet beautifully poignant graphic novel. The story, with few words and gorgeous illustration, is a deeply emotional tale that lingers with the reader long after the last page has turned. This was my first graphic novel, picked up on a whim, and Poor Sailor has definitely attracted me to the medium. For fans of graphic novels as well as novices, the strength of this novel will not disappoint, and may even elicit some tears.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781584231844
Publisher:
Gingko Press
Subject:
Sailors
Author:
Harkham, Sammy
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
5.58x5.82x.70 in. .55 lbs.

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Poor Sailor
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Product details 120 pages Gingko Press - English 9781584231844 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This haunting tale was previously seen as a mini-comic and as part of the revolutionary Harkham-edited anthology Kramer's Ergot #4, but as a stand-alone, it becomes an object of beauty and depth. Harkham's inspiration is de Maupassant's short story 'At Sea,' in which a fishing boat captain chooses to let his brother lose his arm rather than lose a catch. Around that incident Harkham masterfully weaves an entire life of squandered happiness. When we meet Thomas, he has retired from the sea to live a simple frontier life with his wife. Then his sea captain brother shows up, enticing him with tales of adventures and riches. 'I'll be back soon,' he jauntily tells his wife as he leaves. But the journey is not what was advertised — by the time Thomas returns, his quest for adventure has cost him everything he hoped to return to. With simple pictures devoid of shading, Harkham presents a panorama of the human experience, from quiet fulfillment to savage violence. The real power, though, is in how he uses images to show the changes in Thomas's life. Similar pictures of Thomas on the roof at the beginning and end of the tale bracket the difference between hope and despair." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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