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Fred the Clown

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  53 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
The signature creation of cartoonist Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown is the thinking man's idiot. Fred has an eye for the ladies, as well as several other organs, but the only part of themselves they're willing to share with him is a carefully placed kneecap... Fred the Clown's misadventures are a curious balance of bleakness and joyful absurdism; the universe may dump on ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by Fantagraphics Books (first published 1999)
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I was mostly familiar with Langridge from his later comics writing, ranging from John Carter to Cthulhu to the Muppets. Unlike those, this is a collection of surreal comic strips, originally published over several years.
That is really how this book should be read, in small snippets. Reading this straight through would be like eating an entire meal of anchovies with watermelon pickles. Interesting, but it would leave a bad taste in your mouth.
The book deals with the life and times of a clown who
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This comic book is very entertaining and by whims even hilarious funny. ...more
Jul 31, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it
Fred the Clown is really something special. It started a little slowly, but once it got moving the incredible wit and sparkling parody really shone through. Fred features so much of "my type" of laughs-- I love clever spoofs, rueful dark humor, and surrealism--and this one has it all in spades.

My favorite? Possibly the masked anti-hero who wears ONE RING FOR GOOD and ONE RING FOR EVIL!: One one gem is written Will you marry me? on the other, You smell terrible!

Ok, it doesn't get any cooler than
Sep 25, 2012 Zeo rated it really liked it
Dammit Langridge, this comic set some expectations. After this one I read his Art D'Ecco, which apparently came well before and included material that evolved into Fred the Clown, and paled in comparison. Both of them though were stories that I was ultimately not that interested in, but the use of the comics medium was so fabulous that I couldn't stop reading. I'd read another of Langridge's comics in a heartbeat, but I also fully anticipate to never care a bit about the actual content.
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great! 1 2 Mar 13, 2009 04:57PM  
Roger Langridge has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning Muppet Show Comic Book (Boom! Studios) and Thor: The Mighty Avenger (Marvel Comics); other works of note include Marvel's Fin Fang Four, Fantagraphics' Zoot! and Art d'Ecco (in collaboration with his brother Andrew), and the NCS, Ignatz, Eisne ...more
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