“A giant in French comics, Trondheim has always been a marvelous observer of the extraordinary little moments in everyday existence. All rendered in the simple but expressive and versatile style that has always been one of his greatest strengths.
Verdict: Recommended for those who appreciate low-key but charming autobiographical comics.”
“Trondheim’s third collection of musings on his personal life maintains its predecessors’ high caliber of narrative and art. All of which entails swimming with sharks, coping with giant spiders, obsessing about consumerism while engaging in gadget lust, watching the family cat prey on a bird, and lots more equally engaging and ironic adventures.”
“For connoisseurs of serious literature and film as well as graphic novels.”
says Booklist of Naomi Nowak’s new Graylight.
Lewis Trondheim’s newest entry in his comics blog collection of Little Nothings (vol.3: Uneasy Happiness) gets these words from Tom Spurgeon of The Comics Reporter:
“It’s one of the few series that vaults to the head of the reading pile whenever it shows up in the mailbox. For whatever reason, Trondheim’s diary comics play to a number of things I nearly always find enjoyable in comics: an acerbic and idiosyncratic world view, pretty pictures, frequent gags, places I’ve never visited, comics industry backstage anecdotes made real. It’s smart and well-executed, and I always laugh despite myself at least once — in this volume it was the punchline to the strip about how cool it might be to be a caveman.
We don’t really have anything else like this comic right now, not in North America, not someone this talented working this particular territory with such reliable clarity.”
Now, if only he would review our other books… mumblmumbl.
I’ll be honest, I can’t think of anything more fun to draw then some one tromping through the woods… and as a result you’ll find many a panel of Tesana + crew doing just that. Besides it being the perfect excuse to scribble trees and live vicariously through my characters (because lets face it, running around outside is so much more fun then sitting at a big dumb desk) it’s also a great device to visually express complete aimlessness and further establish that the characters are lost and out of their element.
. … but mostly I just like drawing trees.
SHE’S COMING SOON, Y’ALL GET READY!
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p.s. thanks for all those lovely comments and support for the book and NBM!
“The Year of Loving Dangerously is just the second book I’ve read of Ted Rall’s, the first being his account of his travels along the Silk Road in Silk Road to Ruin. I quite enjoyed the latter, how he combined his memories of the trip with accurate descriptions of the people and political climes of the countries he visited along the Silk Road. This book didn’t disappoint, either. A graphic memoir that presents this one particular year, a year of many hardships to Ted Rall, realistically and often humorously, it shows what a person can do if he or she doesn’t give up when faced with a seemingly insurmountable roadblock. Though Rall considered suicide at one point in the book, he fortunately toughed it out and carried on. This story gives hope to us all.”
So says Curled Up with a Good Book
The next one, from Andrew Wheeler, is more nuanced:
“Rall’s story of the summer of 1984 is worthy of a graphic novel.” He starts to say but: “It does have a tendency to come across as bragging. But Rall’s dialogue and narration keep the story flowing, and Callejo (artist of Bluesman) draws a lot of very attractive women in and out of bed with the young Ted Rall. I still have the feeling that Rall is telling this story in a very slanted way — that he’s very carefully chosen how to present this time in his life to make himself look as glamorous and positive as possible — but it’s a very readable graphic memoir that will make all men close to Rall’s age either remember their own youth fondly or wish fervently that they’d been more “active” back in the day.”
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
And there have been some much more scathing reviews of late on that note of Rall just showing off, including Rob Clough on The Comics Journal’s site where the art was also criticized which surprises us:
“A book that was all over the place: frequently entertaining, often baffling and contradicting itself at any number of turns. If only it had been Rall’s own hand depicting these events, then this messiness might have held a greater appeal.”
Most love the art but some just can’t get into the more realistic style Callejo chose, apparently. Also, interesting that all women who reviewed this, and there were many, didn’t see Rall as bragging, in fact they admired his survival skills!
The very popular daily strip for Librarians “Unshelved” recommends The Big Khan.
And this book, by the way, has gone back to press!
Lewis Trondheim’s latest collection of pithy every day musings and observations from his comics blog, Little Nothings vol.3: Uneasy Happiness is in stores now!
We’ve been posting these comics blog entries right here twice a week, as advertised, come snow or sleet. All of these are from volume 3. Pretty soon, we hope to start posting all-new ones in anticipation of the 4th volume!
“The works, complete and often accompanied with some of the initial drawings that led to the finished piece, are hauntingly beautiful. The poetry and power of the images depicted are timeless in their quality and the dark subject matter resonates in this age of Twilight. If you enjoy a fantasy art, this is one of better, stronger collections by an individual artist, and well worth the price tag for learners and appreciators alike.”
Grasping for the Wind reviewing Malefic by Luis Royo the newly remastered edition.
Here’s a few things to expect this April:
VILLAINOUS MUSTACHES !
AND EQUESTRIAN AGILITY!
ALL THIS BETWEEN THE COVERS OF : A Home for Mr.Easter
More sneak peaks and comic talk to come!…. after I finish my home work. >:(
“The story is true, apparently, and unfolded in the 1980s after a freak medical condition resulted in Rall’s school expulsion for failure to take his final exams. Rall scripted but wisely left the illustrations to Callejo, who did a great job.”
So says Richard Pachter today at the Miami Herald about Ted Rall’s The Year of Loving Dangerously.