The Unwritten, Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity - Mike Carey, Peter Gross

Delightful and surprising, Mike Carey’s The Unwritten (Vertigo, $9.99) is the first volume of what I hope will be a long series. It’s a comic about stories—not just any stories, but those canonical works by Kipling, Twain, and others that have defined our culture over the years. The Unwritten begins with Tom Taylor, the real-life inspiration for the world- famous fantasy character Tommy Taylor, star of fourteen books, whose identity is suddenly challenged, and whose very life may be in danger. The book’s power comes from its eageDelightful and surprising, Mike Carey’s The Unwritten (Vertigo, $9.99) is the first volume of what I hope will be a long series. It’s a comic about stories—not just any stories, but those canonical works by Kipling, Twain, and others that have defined our culture over the years. The Unwritten begins with Tom Taylor, the real-life inspiration for the world- famous fantasy character Tommy Taylor, star of fourteen books, whose identity is suddenly challenged, and whose very life may be in danger. The book’s power comes from its eagerness to explore the literary canon, focusing on specific texts as well as the lasting effect of great art in general.rness to explore the literary canon, focusing on specific texts as well as the lasting effect of great art in general.

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By Mike Carey, Peter Gross (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781401225650
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Published: Vertigo - January 12th, 2010

The Beats: A Graphic History - Harvey Pekar

The Beats: A Graphic History (Hill & Wang, $14.95) is a richly artistic take on a generation that all but stands for American art and culture of the 1950s and ‘60s. Harvey Pekar’s writing is succinct and as fast paced as the lives of the Beats themselves. In the first half, covering Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the panels jump from failed relationships to drug use to literary achievements and inspirations, with pauses for Kerouac’s affair with a beautiful black woman in Panama, the story behind Ginsberg’s bald spot, and Burroughs’s opinion of Scientology. These striking tableaux of Beat history are followed by glimpses of the second generation of artists and writers; the stories of Philip Lamantia, Amiri Baraka, Diane di Prima, and others, are told and drawn by a talented roster of comic artists.

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By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle (Editor), Ed Piskor (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780809016495
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Published: Hill and Wang - April 13th, 2010

Life Class - Pat Barker

On the cusp of World War I, Paul Tarrant is ready to abandon his studies at the Slade School of Arts due to what his instructor has called a lack of feeling. While Paul struggles with the choices he must make, the woman he loves keeps him at a distance and war finally begins, dragging everything he knows into it. Pat Barker’s Life Class (Anchor, $14.95) deftly weaves emotional conflict with the horrors of a war we still struggle to understand. With a love story at its center, this book resists simple conclusions; rather, it plays out much like life itself, chaotic and imperfect, but beautiful nonetheless.

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$14.95
ISBN: 9780307387806
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Published: Anchor - January 6th, 2009

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