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Ao lado de nomes como Frank Miller, Alan Moore e Neil Gaiman, o artista David Mazzucchelli foi um dos grandes responsáveis pela revolução nos quadrinhos no fim da década de 1980. Seu trabalho em séries como Demolidor: O homem sem medo e Batman: Ano 1 até hoje é referência do que foi feito de melhor no campo dos super-heróis.
Depois de anos publicando apenas pequenas históri
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Brochura, 1, 344 pages
Published October 14th 2011 by Quadrinhos na Cia (first published 2009)
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Neil
Nov 20, 2009 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really beautiful, smart and heart-touching story of an architecture professor who, when he is 50, learns better.

It ought to be a five star review, but I kept feeling like the moment the whole thing came together it would be one of the best graphic novels anyone had ever done and one of the finest stories ever told... and it reached the end and left me feeling that had it all come together - perhaps had it been much longer - it would have been amazing, and as it was it was simply astonishingly g
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Seth T.
Jul 30, 2009 Seth T. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Seth by: the hive-mind
Reading Asterios Polyp is a daunting experience. Or maybe not so much the reading, which can be accomplished easily enough, but the being able to speak sensibly about it afterward. I feel kind of like how I did after finishing 2666 , only not quite so out of my depth. Like Bolaño, Mazzucchelli's work here displays a breadth and depth that overtly requires multiple readings in order find ground solid enough to speak with any authority about the book.

But since I've only read the book once, you'l
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Oriana
Aug 04, 2013 Oriana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Oriana by: Jimmy
book #9 for Jugs & Capes!

Also: this is my second review for CCLaP, and my first in a year-long series reviewing graphic novels. W00t!

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This is the first in an essay series I'll be doing for CCLaP called "Jugs & Capes," where I look at graphic novels from a girl's point of view. I'm not going to say a "feminist" point of view, because I think that's a complicated word, one which any thinking woman has a complicated relationship with. And as I haven't got any kind of background in gender
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Γκέλλυ
Όταν τελείωσα το Asterios Polyp αναρωτήθηκα, τι είναι αυτό που κάνει ένα graphic novel σπουδαίο. Η ιστορία? Το σκίτσο? Ο συνδυασμός τους?

Δεν έχω βρει ακόμα την απάντηση γιατί το Asterios Polyp είναι κάτι παραπάνω. Μια απλή ιστορία αλλά τόσο πολύπλοκη την ίδια στιγμή. Τόσες αλήθειες, τόσα ερωτήματα, τόσες θεωρίες, για την ζωή, τις σχέσεις και τέλος για την αγάπη.

Το σκίτσο ιδιαίτερο. Πρώτη φορά είδα τόσες εναλλαγές στα χρώματα, στις γραμμές, στα σχήματα, ακόμα και στις γραμματοσειρες, ανάλογα με
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MJ Nicholls
The first proper graphic novel I’ve read! This was such a beautiful and heartbreaking piece of work, it’ll be nigh on impossible to top it. It is rich in glorious meditation, comedy, irony and romance, weaving deep questions of binary opposites, architectural philosophy, life-the universe-and-everything around a dissolving relationship story. I don’t have the vocab or knowledge to comment on the artwork’s nuances, but the artist subtly conveys shifting moods, attitudes, histories, metaphors and ...more
Chris_P
"What if reality (as perceived) were simply an extention of the self? Wouldn't that color the way each individual experiences the world?That might explain why some people get along so effortlessly, while others don't. Although people do keep trying.Yet, despite such predisposition, maybe one person's construction of the world, could influence someone else's."


Don't we all, at some point or another, find ourselves stuck in a certain state? We make friendships, fall in love, communicate in differ
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Jessica
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Jimmy
Nov 05, 2009 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think graphic novels are stupid; people who didn't like "Watchmen"
Recommended to Jimmy by: allen spetnagel
I might have to read this one again to catch all the subtleties of the story. What's amazing about this graphic novel is that it is jam-packed with ideas, but most of the ideas are embedded in the art itself, and not in the words (some of it is in words, but it's like a riff that plays along with the visuals). At the same time, all these ideas do not in any way make it a gooey-dense landscape to slodge through. The book is such a pleasure to read, filled with so many wide open panels, so much wh ...more
Gregsamsa
Aug 17, 2013 Gregsamsa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so wish more graphic novelists did what Mazzucchelli did in this one. Rather than merely have the graphic element supplement the story, Asterios Polyp makes graphics a part of the theme, using it to highlight conflicts and characterize its protagonists.

Asterios Polyp is a critically respected and self-regarding "theoretical architect," meaning that he has created some prize-winning designs and plans--none of which has ever been built. The narrative structure is framed by the new more humble li
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James Payne
Jul 15, 2015 James Payne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Pseudo-intellectual, middlebrow regurgitation of ostensibly interesting Wikipedia-culled dichotomies and philosophical conceptions, clunkily arranged into a narrative. I mean, I do not understand how this book received the praise it did. Bad, bad writing. One dimensional characterizations. I'm not sure what age group it was written for, surely not adults? It reminded me of Paul Krugman's sick burn, "Newt Gingrich is a stupid man's idea of what a smart person sounds like."
Tom Tabasco
Jan 17, 2016 Tom Tabasco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Just finished in one reading session this magical work of art. Together with "Daytripper", this is my all time favorite graphic novel. I don't have much to say about it, as I don't think I have rationalized it much yet: visually, it's extremely creative and exciting. Rich with inventions and ideas.

The story reminded me of a Chinese saying: "Two thirds of what we see is behind our eyes", and a lot of this novel is about that crucial aspect of human existence.

I see this as a love story, and
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Lee
Mar 01, 2010 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Wah," I said aloud when finishing this. "God. Lovely. Really great," I also said. Unputdownably beautiful. A blatantly philosophical, simple love story. Vivid characters. Funny. Touching: in fact, it successfully revealed the presence of my heartstrings -- sentimental loon I am not, but I definitely felt something pull in the vicinity of my chest region toward the end. Sort of like Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth meets a way more formally sophisticated The Elegance of the Hedgehog, sp ...more
Licha
May 17, 2015 Licha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I finished this over a week ago and for some reason haven't felt like writing a review on it. Maybe cause it's a little hard to describe without making it sound common. One reviewer described this best as a 40-something year old man's coming of age story. I would have to agree that that is what Asterio's story is about. Asterios must take a deep look at what dissolved his marriage. Most people would probably find him to be a jerk, but I really liked Asterios. He's just a man with many flaws but ...more
Josh Friedlander
A lavish, heartfelt story of a shallow intellectual's spiritual crisis and reconciliation with his lost love. Some of the existentialism feels a bit meh, but the synthesis of the ideas and the art - for e.g. as everyone's world view is different, each character is drawn in unique style - makes this stand out as a graphic novel worthy of the title, curiously powerful and immersive.
Marc Kozak
I've noticed that ever since I became single earlier this year, I can't stop talking about myself.

This is pretty unusual. I am a reasonably quiet person unless I'm around people I have known for a while, and usually listen more than speak. However, lately I've noticed myself sharing personal details in situations where it isn't warranted. Nothing super sexy or anything (you pervs), but details that could have easily been left out of the conversation. Or to be clearer - I've been entering persona
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Núria
'Asterios Polyp' es un cómic complejo, inteligente, riquísimo, satisfactorio a múltiples niveles, que habla de temas como filosofía, arquitectura, ficción, arte, etc. La historia no es nada nuevo, es la de un hombre que pasa por una crisis y acaba perdiéndolo todo, porque sólo perdiéndolo todo se dará cuenta de qué es lo realmente importante, y sólo así podrá cambiar. Asterios Polyp es un arquitecto reputado de 50 años, aunque ninguno de sus diseños ha sido nunca ejecutado, porque su fama viene ...more
Bob Fingerman
Aug 03, 2009 Bob Fingerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp is quite a thing. A book that uses formalism in a way that is pleasing to the eye, buoyed by a story and characters pleasing to the mind (though I guess the art pleases both). Mazzucchelli has populated this book with a varied cast: narcissistic (and often insufferable) egomaniacs; a neglected beauty taken mostly for granted; a plain, hard-workin’ mechanic who drops many a Norm Crosbyesque malopropism and many more.

The art is an impressive mélange of approach
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Monica
Nov 21, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is hovering between a 4 and a 5 for me right now.

Wow - really a sophisticated book. And can I just say that its so great to read a critiquely lauded graphic novel that is NOT a memoir. This was large in scope, nuanced in detail, and I think I need to read it again to grasp it all.

The art was unexpected, with a mix of styles that really worked well together. Totally recommended to all my comic and literary fiction reading friends alike.
Kogiopsis
Feb 18, 2012 Kogiopsis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kogiopsis by: Jared and Steve Like Comics
This is a really excellent demonstration of the kind of depth in storytelling that a graphic novel format is capable of. I feel like graphic novels, as a form, are still kind of developing and becoming more and more accepted; their potential is still largely unexplored. Asterios Polyp has a really brilliant use of color and art style which greatly enhances the story that's being told. Each character is drawn a different way, with different dominant colors, different fonts for their speech, and a ...more
Melissa
May 02, 2013 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I know firsthand how obnoxious know-it-alls can be because I live with one (actually one & 1/2 at this point, as my son is currently in training) & I've certainly been one myself on many occasions. “Paper” architect Asterios Polyp is also a know-it-all. There’s a clear difference between just knowing something & knowing something to the exclusion of any other opinion & Asterios is firmly in the latter category. He doesn't really listen to his wife Hana because he assumes he's alw ...more
Loyd
Sep 14, 2010 Loyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Artist/writer David Mazzucchelli has had one of the more twisted career paths of any artist I know. He began in conventional comics, becoming well-known illustrating Frank Miller's Daredevil, then he disappeared for awhile, emerging with an entirely new style. His new, fluid line was perfect for Miller's DC hit, Batman: Year One. Then Mazzucchelli dropped off the radar again. This time, he showed up illustrating a graphic novelization of Paul Auster's City of Glass: The Graphic Novel , a metaph ...more
Aaron
Mar 12, 2010 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allow me to steal from Pete Holmes and say what would I have done if this book came out in the 90s, before we had "Really?!?"? When I got to the end, without that comfortable exclamation of frustrated disbelief, I would have had to raise my eyebrow so high that it might have flown off my head.

Mostly Asterios Polyp is an amazing book, fusing different artistic styles that, no matter how showy, always advance the narrative, and has a plot that, while not as bold as something like Jimmy Corrigan, i
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Emma
This is the best graphic novel I've read in a long time. From the beginning scene-setting of Asterios' apartment with his Brewer chairs and whatnot ... man, I can't list all the things I loved about this book without basically just describing everything about it. The intertwined narrative threads with the slow reveal of the flashbacks; the beautiful characterisations (Hana's face shape under her hair, her outrageously large eyes and roundness totally expressing the character), all the clever-clo ...more
Steve
Mar 09, 2015 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can now say that I've read Asterios Polyp, but I can't say that I've finished Asterios Polyp. This is the kind of book that has layers inside layers - like an onion inside of... a turducken. A turduckenion, if you will. I feel like you can't get a truly complete sense of the intricacies here without a second, third, fourth reading. Even skimming through after reading the final page, I picked up so much information, so much context that I initially missed.

I should say that for a large part of t
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Andrew
Jan 11, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all the buildup and critical praise heaped on this book, my expectations were quite high. So it was something of a disappointment not to love this book. That said, I did read it rather quickly. And to its credit, the book presents an atypical protagonist for the graphic novel format. That is, a character who is not mired in outright depressing circumstances from dawn til dusk and who is articulate and socially functional. So the book is novel in this regard, or at least breaks off into a n ...more
Janet
Apr 27, 2016 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel deserves a place on the shelf alongside Fun Home and Persepolis--a novel about an architect who has never built anything, but is reknown for his abstract constructions, who finds himself homeless, perhaps intentionally, and goes out in the world to lose himself. the story toggles between his past, his overweening egotism, his failed relationship to a woman and to his career, and his current state of vagabondage, when he finds work with a compassionate auto mechanic, and is tak ...more
Maíra
Sep 10, 2015 Maíra rated it it was amazing
Que quadrinho incrível!! Amei tudo, a construção dos personagens, o enredo, o uso das cores/traço/fonte/balões... Ainda estou digerindo tudo, e dá muita vontade de reler, pois tem muitos detalhes. Incrivelmente rico.
John Kopsidas
May 06, 2015 John Kopsidas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read. The characters come to life through smaller details that are brilliantly incorporated in this graphic novel : the font used for their words, the coloring of their world, the strict, rigid, clean blueprint-like lines lines for 2D asterios vs the curvy, warmer, fuzzy pink lines for 3D Hanna.

Color, lines, white space, detail or absence of it, frame size, frame clashing and so on are all tools in the hands of Mazzucchelli brilliantly used to immerse us in this world, relate with the ch
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Tressa
Jan 17, 2016 Tressa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy non-superhero graphic novels, and while this is a good one, it won't be a repeat read for me like Ghost World is. The entire Asterios Polyp was like one big New Yorker cartoon for me, where I think I got what David Mazzucchelli was getting at most of the time, but was never 100% sure. But it made me laugh out loud, and it made me think. What I ended up doing was just letting the characters and story wash over me and not try to think too hard about it.

Asterios Polyp is about a "paper arc
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Tom
Jan 18, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Asterios Polyp' did more than I usually expect of a graphic novel. It's engaging, intelligent, but most of all just a very well-balanced and well-crafted effort by David Mazzucchelli (can a man have more double consonants in his name?). It should go without saying that it's a rather beautiful artefact - I quite enjoyed Mazzucchelli's drawings, the functional use of colour and the stylistic variation throughout the book. What sets 'Asterios Polyp' apart though, is the intricacy of the story and ...more
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David Mazzucchelli has been making comics his whole life. Known chiefly for his collaborations - with Frank Miller on seminal Batman and Daredevil stories, and with Paul Karasik on an adaptation of Paul Auster's novel, City of Glass - he began publishing his own stories in 1991 in his anthology magazine, Rubber Blanket. Since then his short comics have been published in books and magazines around ...more
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