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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  185 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of "being different" grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published July 5th 2013 by Fantagraphics (first published June 1st 2013)
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This is a really odd comicbook. I'm not really sure what to make of it. The plot is straight-forward enough to begin with. The protagonist is a young, religious boy - and I think his characterization is accurate enough, he's quite strange. The boy's older brother goes to a strange country to teach English to the natives that will begin working at a theme-park tourist destination. The book was interesting to me specifically because I was looking into teaching English in China this summer (a frien ...more
I read Dash Shaw to stretch my brain.

His aesthetic is pretty out there. Most of his illustrations are clumsy, thick-penned drawings, and occasionally he prints (screen-prints?) a color, or even a photograph, in the background.
His work is cerebral, and trippy, and makes me think. It's occasionally hard to follow, often twisted, and generally self-pleasuring.

THIS book is about a pair of brothers living in a world where Theme Parks are A THING. One mogul has created a time-travel-themed park on a
Jeff Jackson
--Can't understand all the bad reviews for this one. Especially the ones mystified by the straightforward & entertaining story. Anyone who's a fan of Dash Shaw's "Bottomless Belly Button" or "Body World" should enjoy this.
--It's partly set in a slightly alternate reality where people talk in stylized exclamations! They're easily excitable!!!
--Avant garde theme parks. An idea whose time has come.
--The most unique color design I've ever seen in a graphic novel - layering paint and collage ov
Rebecca Goodchild
New School felt purposely random in order to test the limits of artistic expression. I felt as though the point was to leave the reader feeling confused and disappointed as a way to highlight the almost stream-of-consciousness, childishly crazed, sharpie graphic art. At times, the font was very difficult to read due to the crazed sharpie action. Hasn't edgy art been done for the sake of trying it a long time ago? This book was on NPR's list of the best books of 2013. Sometimes I get the impressi ...more
Dash Shaw -- officially the Handsomest Comics Artist in the World and writer of one of my favorite doorstops, "Bottomless Belly Button" -- may have lost me on this one. On the surface, "New School" is about a young man whose parents send him on a mission to the amusement park Clockworld (located on the mysterious island of X and run by a potential madman) to retrieve his brother, who went there to work a couple years ago and never returned. But why do the young protagonist and his parents speak ...more
David Schaafsma
This is visually interesting and maybe even ambitious, but the story seems almost psychotically random, like it was being developed as it went… two brothers go to X, another country or planet or an island and crazy things happen. You know, I thought it was constantly and maybe deliberately confusing, as if he were actually trying to do something experimental.. but it doesn't finally seem interesting to me at all. At this very moment, I think it is just terrible, but maybe somebody could talk me ...more
Jan 14, 2015 Linden rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: High school and up
Recommended to Linden by: A public library display of new books.

This graphic novel tells the story of brothers Danny and Luke in a segment of their life from 1990 through 1996. Danny is the younger, and ever trying to catch up to Luke--earliest in running, later in drawing, dating, drinking and more.

The majority of the story takes place in X, an X-shaped island on which Clockworld is being built, a theme park about different periods of time. In 1990 we see the conceptual interest kindled in the boys at the Metropolitan Museum of Natural History, itself havin
Derek Royal
I'm going to have to think about this book for awhile. And reread it. It's certainly a unique approach to comics storytelling, and I'm sure there are things I did not get the first time around. Most prominent, and possibly most challenging to reading, is Shaw's use of color and background patterns throughout the book. Again, I have to go back through and read his coloring to better understand it.
The coloring in this book gave me a headache and was really disorienting. That may have been intended, but it did not make for something I could read more than half of. I was excited to read this because I loved Bodyworld so much, but I felt disconnected from the story, annoyed with the colors, and unimpressed with the smudgy, child-like artwork.
This book was just so. weird. I think the idea behind it had interesting potential. The artwork is gorgeous BUT the coloring makes it hard to read or even see what is going on in the panels, which hampers the storytelling.
Kim Trusty
Yeah... Uhm... Weird. Hated the dated way in which Danny spoke. Sounded weird and pretentious. Maybe that was the point. Being a strange person in a strange land doesn't mean you have to be an asshole.
Edwin Arnaudin
I hate to keep bringing attention to Shaw's straightforward drawing style with each book of his I read, but it remains both what makes his work appealing –and helps him release material more frequently than many of his peers – and what keeps it from reaching the next level.

As with the narratives of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, the story of two brothers and their experiences at a foreign theme park called ClockWorld moves with an enviable nimbleness. Shaw aids his Sharpie-like illustrat
Anna Lancaster
I wasn't to keen on this. The aesthetics didn't really help the story for me.
Attila Cthulhuson
I’d read praise for this book due to its unique art. The art ended up being one of my major complaints. It seemed to serve no purpose other than being artsy. It didn’t add to understanding of scenes and the color felt randomly splashed on so the book wouldn’t be in black and white. Initially I thought the infringing presence of color was an indicator of entering the strange other world of X, but no, it’s just seemingly random colorations on the page. There was no consistency for application. Whe ...more
Deceptively primitive in style and intent, the wonders of Dash Shaw's "New School" really sneak up on you. I had previously read Shaw's "Body World," and while I very much enjoyed it, I was not at all prepared for the leap made between it and "New School." I was anticipating a sort of psychedelic trip in its strange and ever-warping visual aesthetic, more of an enjoyable diversion than anything else, but instead was met with a consistently inspired fusion of form and theme.

Taking a step back fr
Cdhrreiws Alan
This book is carefully crafted, very funny, and extremely unique. It was one of the most fun books I have read in sometime, and the elements some seem to have found frustrating I found refreshing and well utilized in building layers into the story. I have never seen anything like it, and it is a wonderful example of boundary pushing in graphic storytelling. If you are interested in this medium at all I highly recommend at least trying this book
Emilia P
Look I know Dash Shaw is a master of his craft and an innovative user of color and a teller of weirdness in stories to perfection but I feel so eh about his attitude to the world and his colonial tweeness that I just come away with a less than great taste in my mouth -- shares some of the ooh foreign land these guys are jerks but hey, identify with them anyway, business that characterized Arsene Schrauwen. Feh, boys. That's all I have to say.
I was disappointed with this book but the way that the reviews are criticizing it are making me want to defend it some. There are complaints about the characters' diction and the coloring style-- both are just artistic choices, not meant to be realistic. I'm a fan of Shaw visually and I did like Bottomless Bellybutton and 3 Stories, but this and Body World have left me wanting more from him, story-wise. The story's "randomness" that people keep mentioning isn't really a problem, it's the lack of ...more
There is a certain art aesthetic that I can only sometimes appreciate--crude, cartoonish, somewhat ugly. No gradation, bright obnoxious color fields. The ideas and the writing in the book are interesting, and complement the abrasive, disorientating art, but it left me a bit cold. I may have a higher opinion after thinking on it for a while, but my immediate reaction was...huh. So that's a book.
Seemingly rudimentary drawings with fantastical cover-overlays and surreal collage elements employed to enhance the story and characters, making the straightforward strange strange strange like the land of X itself.
I loved the art, but the story felt forced.
Weird Wacky and Wonderful story from Dash Shaw. It seemed like he wanted to try a freer and faster art making process as well as producing a faster paced read. He succeeded. The art is not as gorgeous as in his amazing "Body World" but as I said it made the pacing of the story much faster.
Humorous and strange, I really dig this guy's original approach to graphic story-telling.
Kevin Cortez

Overall, New School is an superb read that blends surreal and innovative storytelling with translucent colors and bold lines. This hardcover binds together a terrific showcase of expressive colors and lines with an emotional comic-of-age story. Dash Shaw succeeds in telling a fine tale in a fantastic, woozy, and drunken way.
Koen Claeys
I love how Dash Shaw has always managed to cross the borders of what defines a comic book, meanwhile telling a captivating story. While 'New School' is, again, a book full of surprises, I feel a bit underwhelmed in comparison with his former work.
I think… I don't really get it. Some of it works really well for me -- the culture shock and alienation and sibling rivalry are explored handily. Overall, though, I think it was just… too weird for me, maybe. I dunno. I couldn't quite get on board.
Aug 20, 2013 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I'm going to give this a three because I have no idea. Shaw is on a whole different level from everyone else and I can't honestly tell if it's above or below. It's sideways.
Rob Clough's review of the work is well written.
It's more of a illustrated psychedelic trip/freak out than a graphic novel......little real plot, but it works
Underwhelmed by the art, but I liked the story.
Napoleon Dynamite meets Phillip Guston.
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Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator in Brooklyn, New York. His latest graphic novel is "New School", about two brothers on an island where an ambitious amusement park is under construction. His other books include the telepathy comedy "Bodyworld" and the family comedy-drama "Bottomless Belly Button". His animated works include the Sigur Ros video and Sundance selection "Seraph", "Wheel of Fortu ...more
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