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A.L.I.E.E.E.N.: Archives of Lost Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  415 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
Beaten up, tattered, and weather worn, this volume has crossed through space to become the first extra-terrestrial comic book in print on earth. The language and even the alphabet are alien, but as human readers will soon discover, the themes and stories are universal. These interwoven stories and vignettes start out quite simply, but a darker, more complex side is gradual ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by First Second (first published September 1st 2004)
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Jul 02, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it
A sad weird collection of tiny wordless stories about aliens involved in mass eye-gouging and uncontrollable pooping.
Eli Bishop
Oct 12, 2007 Eli Bishop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Lewis Trondheim makes me feel like the laziest person on the planet, or on any planet: he's been working for 16 or 17 years and made about a billion jillion comics, and they're all good, and he keeps working with more people and trying new things. A.L.I.E.E.E.N. (original title A.L.I.E.E.N.; in French, two E's are as funny as three) is like the result of some unwise bet by the devil: "Sure you're versatile, you can do minimalist wordless slapstick strips, and you can do funny animals for grownup ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Troy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, read-in-2009
Lewis Trondheim manages to mix whimsy and horror in a beautiful way. These wordless (well, the stories do have an alien language, but not one that anyone on Earth can read) stories follow lovable and cute Pokemon-style characters who wander through a brutal world of death and disfigurement. The stories are uniformly bleak, but their cute and cuddly protagonists makes the whole thing funny. The interconnected stories end in a torrent of violence and goo, finishing with the perfectly cute symbol o ...more
Dec 01, 2007 Alarra rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Happy Tree Friends fans
Shelves: graphicnovel
I do *not* know what to make of this little volume. The art is simple but really appealing, and the wordless brutal unintended hurts suffered by its many characters oddly endearing, if gross and often inexplicable. My favourite character was the creature who could do no right, and remains all alone.
May 14, 2008 mika rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovels
cute character designs, pretty gruesome in an unsettlingly cutesy way. some interesting ideas in terms of predation, racial oppression, etc. is this for kids???
Vanni Santoni
Nov 10, 2014 Vanni Santoni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sempre eccellente Trondheim
Conan Tigard
Nov 18, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
When I first started reading A.L.I.E.E.E.N., I thought that this was a book for early readers. There is not a single word of English in the book, so the reading is very easy. But the book is dark and comical, not for early readers at all. The poor little creatures in the book are hunted down by packs of other creatures. Sure, they eventually find each other and all the different storylines eventually converge, but they are not something a child should read.

I let my 12-year old daughter read it
Jun 11, 2014 Millenia rated it really liked it


If you find the above oddly funny, as I did, then this is the book for you.

A.L.I.E.E.E.N. is an interesting experiment. It has an untraditional story structure, a bizarre sense of humor, and an unusual art style, so everything feels... alien. However, the individual elements of the story are pulled from traditional styles, so everything also feels oddly familiar. This allows us see our own humanity reflected in the story. Even though the book is wordless, and the protagonists are round, many-ey
Jul 22, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a strange book.

It's an interesting take on what kind of stories aliens might tell on another planet...or something like that, it kinda defies a decent description.

The language used by the characters is symbols that probably could be decoded, but I won't invest the time, and can't find anyone who did.

The art style is almost cute and childlike, but the things it depict are horrifying and anything but innocent (at least for humans, though for an alien culture, who knows?)

I read this book in on
Mariano Lastiri
Mar 22, 2016 Mariano Lastiri rated it liked it
Detrás de esa fachada tan tierna se oculta un delirio digno de un planeta perdido de una galaxia lejana.
Esto en esencia es un comic mudo (aunque este el detalle del lenguaje inentendible) con seres extraños que parecen animalitos de peluche de razas desconocidas.
Esto es material que no es recomendable para menores, o al menos dudo que se sientan atraídos a un mundo que juega entre el delirio y la brutalidad.
Aún así, con todo estos pormenores, la lectura sigue siendo atractiva y el viaje no es
This looks like a very kid-friendly comic book about jaunty space aliens, but on closer look it's aimed at much older kids. Innocence, cruelty, peer pressure, and bullying are all themes here as assorted aliens cross paths and experience incidents and events that range from tender to horrifying. It's basically wordless (the aliens speak in a language of symbols so readers will benefit by taking their time and being very observant of the illustrations). There's a lot going on here; I had to read ...more
Smart, funny and terrific, but pretty bleak and the gross-out factor was high.
Jul 19, 2016 Danielle rated it did not like it
(According to Wikipedia) This is the first graphic novel First Second ever published, and since I'm always looking for more material, I figured I'd run through all of their works.

Unfortunately, I was really disappointed by this (not sure if it's the author, or 2006, or what). I wasn't a fan of the lack of text - I think a comic can subsist on art alone, but not that any comic can, and especially not the idea that comics can't benefit from text. Art and text complement one another, not hinder. I
Jul 30, 2007 Tita rated it it was amazing
Lewis Trondheim mengawali bukunya ini dengan pengantar yg menceritakan bahwa, suatu hari ketika berpiknik bersama keluarganya, ia menemukan sebuah buku bergambar yg aneh, yg tertinggal di sebuah tempat. Ia hampir mencela para pelancong yg ceroboh meninggalkan sampah tersebut, sampai akhirnya menyadari bahwa rumput di sekitar situ yg rebah dan kering ternyata membentuk lingkaran2 beraturan. Apakah buku yg ia temukan itu milik para 'pelancong' dari angkasa? Apakah anak2 luar angkasa itu diperboleh ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Harris rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A.L.I.E.E.N. (Archives of Lost. Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties),Trondheim's deceptively simple yet bizarrely original story could be seen easily as weirdness for weirdness' sake yet there is also much more going on under the surface. I read the comic on the recommendation of a friend, finishing it within an hour on a recent trip and, while at first not really knowing what to make of it, I came to have quite enjoyed it. With the background of a found work with an otherw ...more
Nate D
Sep 07, 2010 Nate D rated it liked it
Recommended to Nate D by: Troy Swain via Goodreads
Shelves: comics, read-in-2010
-This is nice.
-What a lovely day.
-How charming!
-Oh no!
-How did this happen?
-How awful.
-Horrible really.
-But now what's going on?
-Oh god! Why are you doing that?
-Nooooo, stop!
-What are you thinking?!
-I don't understand, but ACK
-Why did this have to happen?
-but wait

And so on. Basically, adorable creatures set out across their alien world on a perfect day only to do awful things to eachother and to have awful things done to them.
Jun 07, 2014 Nuno rated it really liked it
Although a good story, with cute and cuddly drawings, this is definitely NOT for kids. There is cruel killing and blood.
An example is the scene where one of the heroes is forced to hit a friend with a large wood stick until he vomits blood and drops dead on the floor.
Frankly it amazes me, that publishing house$ make no mention to age limits or, as in this case, sell a book to kids with this content.
Tim Canny
Jan 19, 2012 Tim Canny rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Since I've liked pretty much every First Second book I've read I have decided to read all of them or at least all that I can get from my local library. This was the first one I read as part of this personal challenge and I liked it well enough though I think it might have been better as part of a compilation of comics from multiple authors. The concept of alien comics is full of possibilities that I'd love to see other artists/writers explore. This story definitely has a European edge, which isn ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Christine rated it did not like it
This was so ...gross? odd? not for me?... that I was a little uncomfortable trying to give it away. I'm sure if you enjoy things that like to push people in uncomfortable direction you would love this. I did not.
Kate Margetts
Dec 29, 2015 Kate Margetts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So funny. Quite dark and gruesome but also cute. Reminded me of the cartoon, Happy Tree Friends a bit. There is no english. Some smart links between the panels.
Nov 17, 2014 BL834 added it
Here's my internal monologue whilst reading this book:

Tra la la la... whut? Whuuuut? Ew. No, ew! *blinks* WHAT DID I JUST READ?

Mar 30, 2014 Camille rated it it was ok
At first glance it looks really cute, but it's actually pretty damn disturbing.
Agos Biancardi Vilchez
Está bueno como todas las historias se juntan en algún momento.
Brenton Nichol
This book is posed as an alien graphic novel recovered at a U.F.O. picnic site. It consists of a small number of stories that end up all tying together loosely, and contaning very oddball, slightly dark humor that had me cracking up a number of times. There's virtually no written language, and what little there is consists of alien script that you can only guess at; basically, there's not much plot or story, simply some goofy characters enduring comical mishaps and chance encounters, and, taken ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Loyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Lewis Trondheim's A.L.I.E.E.E.N. takes about ten minutes to read, but you can explore it for hours. It's a comic book from some extraterrestrial civilization, complete with otherworldly landscapes, and physics-defying characters that spout dialogue in hieroglyphic word balloons. There's a touch of Jim Woodring's hallucinatory Frank and Chester Brown's Underwater found here, but Trondheim is definitely on his own interplanetary turf. I also have to give props to :01 Second Books, whose production ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Reminds me of the Woodring "Frank" books a bit.
Aug 11, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it

Oh man, this is weird.

Let's just say it starts off with two ugly/cute aliens skipping along an alien meadow. The blue one has is eyes closed and immediately skips into a tree with two unfortunately placed branches and gouges his eyes out...

Because I have a very sick sense of humor, I found it hilarious.

Where this isn't wordless, all the words are in an alien language, so it might as well be. There are several short, interconnected adventures that involve lots of alien violence and poop.

It is wei
Het concept van deze strip is wel grappig! Trondheim zoekt in de Cévennes een picknickplaatsje, vindt er rotzooi van onvoorzichtige kampeerders en komt tot de onthutsende ontdekking dat het voorwerpen zijn van buitenaardse wezens, waaronder het allereerste stripverhaal voor buitenaardse kinderen! En dat is dit boekje dus :)
De tekeningen zijn aantrekkelijk en sober. De kleuren licht en mierzoet, maar vergis je niet: de plots zijn vaak luguber, wreed en bloederig!
Je moet wel de alien-taal machtig
Jan 14, 2014 Katie added it
Shelves: graphic-novel, weird
The fuhh? Did not get this one at all. Totally bizarre. Wordless (at least to humans) but cute graphic novel of aliens committing atrocities on each other.
Seriously one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. My brain hurts.
Patrice Sartor
The cutesy, brightly colored characters and artwork that you'll find through a brief flip-through really threw me off, since the story (written with very little text, and the text that is there is in an alien language) is actually quite violent, sad and mildly disturbing. I think I could just not get past the incongruity of the art style and the brutal storylines, which cover three separate (yet still interconnected) stories. One last note--the humor is of the gross-out variety.
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The phenomenal Lewis Trondheim is never where you next expect him. As an artist and writer, Trondheim has earned an international following as one of the most inventive, versatile, and prolific graphic authors. From autobiography to adventure, from bestselling fantasy and children's books to visual essays, Trondheim's unique, seminal imagination consistently dazzles. His work has won numerous awar ...more
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