crowyhead, October 31, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This issue of McSweeney's is a delicious 200+ page hardcover full of comics and writing about the artform. My only disappointment is that much of the art is excerpted from larger works. The upside to that is that I was only familiar with a fraction of those works, so now I have lots of new graphic novels to check out.
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melissa12682, May 9, 2007 (view all comments by melissa12682)
The first time I read this book was when a coworker had to read it for a class. I would get so stoked every time he brought it to read at work that I would hi-jack it while he was helping customers. Then he bought me my own copy. I became completely engrossed in the sad stories of abuse and abandonment, fantasy and reality. It's so touching it makes you feel something, whether you want to or not.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Guest-editing Dave Eggers's literary journal, Jimmy Corrigan cartoonist Ware has assembled a beautifully designed anthology of contemporary art comics, with a few vintage treats thrown in, including an excerpt from 'Obadiah Oldbuck' — an 1842 publication that's arguably the first American comic book — and a series of very rough sketches by Charles Schulz. A few pieces have recently been published elsewhere (including excerpts from Mark Beyer's loopy, design-heavy Amy and Jordan and Joe Sacco's comics essay on Sarajevo, The Fixer), but the book is a superb introduction to the best American cartoonists working today. Some of them, including Richard McGuire and Mark Newgarden, haven't published much since the heyday of RAW in the late 1980s and early '90s; others, like Lynda Barry and Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, are prolific creators at the top of their form. As Ira Glass points out in his introduction, Ware seems to believe cartooning gets no respect at all, and his McSweeney's is a passionate defense of the medium. Ware has included work by artists with an impressively varied range of visual styles and narrative techniques. And Ware's own contribution is brilliant: the book's cover unfolds into a gigantic 'comics supplement' of his bitter little cartoons, with extra, tiny comic books by Ron Reg Jr. and John Porcellino tucked into its folds. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Dan Nadel, The Washington Post Book World,
"McSweeney's 13, a humane and passionate gathering of the medium's contemporary best, also casts an exacting and unblinking eye on its past."
by Michael Bierut, Design Observer,
"[G]oes far beyond anything McSweeney's has ever done....Inside is a feast of work: beautifully wrought pages....In a hostile, uncaring world filled with senseless wrongs, McSweeney's No. 13 provides a moment of exquisite, gorgeous revenge."
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13 is all comics. It is edited by Chris Ware (author of Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth), and features so many artists to know and love: R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Lynda Barry, Los Bros Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Julie Doucet, and on and on. The issue also includes essays from Michael Chabon, Ira Glass, John Updike, Chip Kidd, and others. A hardcover, clothbound edition, this quarterly comes with an enormous dust jacket that does much more than guard against dust. This one makes our throats go tight.
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