Shoshana, July 20, 2009 (view all comments by Shoshana)
Moore and Pekar have chosen a good assortment of comics for this inaugural volume in The Best American Series. Comics chosen represent a range of graphic styles and topics. Notably, manga and Heavy Metal are absent. All of the comics, whether factual reports from the battlefield or fantasies about life after death, have a linear narrative (though Dart's narrative is plural). Crumb, as is often the case, provides the most visual texture and richness (though Reklaw does a creditable job with background detail and Barry fills every space with baroque oddities and scrawls. The sequence generally worked, though I'd have placed Dart's "RabbitHead," with its multiple simultaneous narratives, immediately after Hall's "La Rubia Loca," a long story about a woman who has what looks to me like a manic episode on a Green Tortoise bus to Mexico. Interesting introductions and bios round out the collection My one complaint is the format. Some comics are reproduced so small that even with reading glasses and a bright light, I had a hard time reading some text. I'm sure I missed some visual detail as well.
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Douglas, October 31, 2006 (view all comments by Douglas)
Two things stand out to me in this collection, the variety in style and content and the unique vision of each contributor; that may be two ways of saying the same thing. Pekar and Moore present a representation of what is most interesting in cartooning today, from relative newcomers to artists that have been speaking their mind for decades. I'm especially happy to see one of my all-time favorite cartoonists, Jaime Hernandez. Maybe next year we'll see something by his brother Gilbert! I highly recommend this collection to those who love comics and to those who rarely read them.
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This inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Web. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Kim Deitch, Jaime Hernandez, Alison Bechdel, Joe Sacco, and Lynda Barry--and unique discoveries such as Justin Hall, Esther Pearl Watson, and Lilli Carre.
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