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McGuire, Richard, author, artist.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pantheon, [2014]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. The book experiments with formal properties of comics, using multiple panels to convey the different moments in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Conversations appear to be happening between two people who are centuries apart. Someone asking, "Anyone seen my car keys?" can be "answered" by someone at a future archeology dig. Cycles of glaciers transform into marshes, then into forests, then into farmland. A city develops and grows into a suburban sprawl. Future climate changes cause the land to submerge, if only temporarily, for the long view reveals the transient nature of all things. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent"--
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From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision. Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.

(With full-color illustrations throughout.)

Author Notes

Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Le Monde, and Libération. He has written and directed for two omnibus feature films: Loulou et Autre Loups (Loulou and Other Wolves, 2003) and Peur(s) du Noir (Fear[s] of the Dark, 2007). He has also designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and he is the founder and bass player of the band Liquid Liquid. The six-page comic Here, which appeared in 1989 in Raw magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that would expand the possibilities of the comic medium. Its influence continues to be felt twenty-five years after its publication.

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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* History echoes across millennia in one New Jersey living room in McGuire's brilliant and affecting Here, an expansion of a strip printed in Raw magazine in 1989. It opens with a view of an empty room in 2014, then 1957, then 1942. There are small changes throughout the decades wallpaper pattern, color palette, a chair here, a pull-out bed there, and scores of inhabitants and, gradually, the pages become layered with inset boxes revealing glimpses of other moments in that very spot over the course of history. While one woman plays piano in the room in 1964, others dance in the same space in 1932, 2014, and 1993. Destruction reigns in a crowded spread where, in 2111, rising seas pour through the window, and insets reveal more than a dozen insults and minor disasters splattered all over the page. The past extends into prehistory, with smoky, mottled backgrounds revealing a churning, primordial planet, while the future reveals odd floating furniture but exactly the same human emotions. McGuire's quiet artwork in a subdued full-color palette reveals nuanced gestures beautifully, sometimes with precise lines, others in sketchy sepia tones, all of which emphasize the passage of time. The concept is stunningly simple, and in laying bare the universality of existence its beauty, ugliness, and mundanity it is utterly moving.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Expanding on an influential piece that first appeared in Raw in 1989, McGuire, best known for his illustrated children's books, explores a single patch of land (apparently in Perth Amboy, N.J.) over the course of millions of years. As in the earlier version, McGuire's perspective is fixed in what is (for most of the book) the corner of a family room, even as the narrative skips across centuries. At the beginning and end, dinosaurs and futuristic animals (respectively) stalk pages unadorned by people. But throughout most of the book, the reader sees human families dance, die, celebrate, fracture, and just live. A Native American couple makes out in the woods, people in 1980s garb pose for a portrait, a 24th-century team waves Geiger counters, a 1999 cat pads across the frame, and so on. The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper's clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that's almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. Agent: Andrew Wylie, Wylie Agency. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.