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Drawn & quarterly. 4
Oliveros, Chris.
Publication Information:
Montréal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, [2001]

Physical Description:
159 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
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Anthology comic.

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PN6720 .D74 2001 Graphic Novel Central Library

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This 2001 Harvey-Award Winner continues with an international roundup, including The Adventures of Herge, by French cartoonist Stanislas, a compelling, meticulously researched biography of Tintin's famed creator. "An oversized volume ... like Art Spiegelman's and Francoise Mouly's late, great anthology Raw, this giant comic book will amaze, edify and define what's hip for years to come." -Rain Taxi Review of Books

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Booklist Review

Launched some 10 years ago, this alternative-comics anthology has morphed from a four-times-yearly magazine (hence the title) to an annual coffee-table book that handsomely showcases some of the field's leading talents. The collection has an international bent, not just in its contributors, who hail from France and Switzerland as well as the U.S. and Canada, but also in its subject matter. For instance, the longest entry is a "meticulously-researched," 54-page, warts-and-all biography of Tintin creator Herge. Other highlights include R. Sikoryak's "Hester's Little Pearl," which casts the characters of "Little Lulu" in The Scarlet Letter rendered in the famous strip's style, and Hungarian-born Miriam Katin's childhood memoir of Russian tanks rolling into Budapest to crush the 1956 revolution. Yet the standout here is a 30-page section reprinting Frank King's 1920s-vintage "Gasoline Alley" Sunday strips, which prove graphically sophisticated while nostalgically evoking a simpler America. The impressive bounty displayed on this Drawn and Quarterly's oversize pages may make many adult comics fans wish the publication's frequency still lived up to its title. --Gordon Flagg

Publisher's Weekly Review

Drawn & Quarterly's significance as a comic book publisher is evident in its latest anthology, an oversized, full-color, beautifully produced paperback featuring the work of 10 cartoonists and illustrators from Europe and North America. The volume provides both a sense of comics over the last 75 years and an idea of where the medium is heading. The star of this issue is the seminal cartoonist Frank King, creator of the long-running newspaper strip, Gasoline Alley. Not only were King's Sunday strips stunningly beautiful, but he created the first "funny page" characters that actually aged. Included here is a piece written by King about Gasoline Alley, and 30 full-color Sunday strips from the '20s and '30s. A series of strips and covers drawn in King's style by celebrated comics artist Chris Ware completes the homage. R. Sikoryak's Dostoyevsky Comics is drawn in the style of Bob Kane's 1950s Batman comics, creating a strip that cleverly deconstructs the graphic novel Batman: Two-FaceÄCrime and Punishment, Russian literature and American comic books. New Yorker cartoonists Dupuy and Berberian's 55-page "Monsieur Jean" is the sophisticated story of a novelist and his rather complicated personal life. Imitating the style of an airline safety card, Jason Little's "Safety Instructions" details a sudden emergency on a Virgin airlines flight that prompts two abruptly amorous young passengers to realize they both have "things I need to do before I die." This is an impressive, wide-ranging and international collection of illustrated storytelling. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved