I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections
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I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections

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This anthology of comics inspired by real-life missed connection ads posted on Craigslist and in local papers around the country will tug at your heartstrings and make you think. Lonely hearts, romantics, and even cynics pore over missed connection ads in search of love, to gawk and giggle, or out of curiosity. These posted stranger sightings and chance encounters lay bare...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alex Telander
I SAW YOU . . . EDITED BY JULIA WERTZ: The next time you pay a visit to Craigslist (and I’m sure you check it every day now for the job postings), look under the “Personals” column and you’ll see a option titled “Missed Connections.” It’s where men and women seeking women or men recount a recent chance meeting with someone who captured their heart in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it was a short but sweet conversation over the purchase of a latte; or gazing into one another’s eyes on the train to...more
Beth
Inspired by "missed connections" ads on Craigslist, this collection of comics is proof that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. A talented bunch of independent artists take verbatim entries and embellish. One or two are autobiographical and focus more on the assignment, rather than inventing a graphical story. In most cases, pictures compliment the stories well; there is a lot of repetition of theme, and some are more clever than others; "Trading Smiles" in which the cartoonist imagines tw...more
Susan
I've always been intrigued by the little soap operas-in-miniature that are encapsulated in missed connections ads, and this book will help feed that morbid curiosity of anyone who has read those sections and found themselves mentally embroidering upon the fragmented recaps of transitory connections. The artists in this collection seize upon all of the inherent humor, pathos, and let's face it--occasional skeeziness--of the ads in exactly the same way the average reader would, so as satisfying as...more
David Schaafsma
I have never once written a "missed connections" ad, nor even a M4W ad of any kind... but you know, sometimes I read them in The Reader or places like that... whole stories there, waiting to be told or experienced, some hopeful, some sad... This comics collection gets at a wide range of stuff and is hard to put down... pretty fascinating view of human nature... of shyness and hesitation as one fundamental basis for missing connections...
Chibineko
I ended up buying this book after having read most of Wertz' other work. I knew that this book was compiling work from several authors, so I knew that the artwork & storytelling abilities would differ from person to person. For the most part this is actually a pretty good book.

The listings in this are pulled from craigslist as well as other venues, but seems to be predominantly craigslist. The stories run from funny to sad to downright tragic. We see possible reactions to these listings runn...more
Karen
This book is full of cartoons and graphic short stories based on real life ads found in Craiglist's missed connections section. I had no idea this existed, so that was surprise number one. Surprise number two was that such ads could inspire these comics and cartoon artists to create such amazing work. I loved immersing myself in their interpretations of what hides behind a missed connection ad, of what the person really meant, or what the encounter could have been like.
I loved what Julia Wertz,...more
Patrick
Fun read. I especially appreciated the artists who took the time not to depict the usual fat redneck salivating over hot girl angle.

I want to do a comic of a craiglist mc I saw one time that started like this:

"Glasses, Hoodie, Skinny Jeans on Bike - w4m
I see you around school and at shows all the time, and I just had to get it off my chest: I think you're incredibly sexy. I love your tight jeans and dark eyes. You're always really funny, and I can't tell if you're flirting or just being nice."

T...more
Raina
Fun little collection of comic artists riffing on real-life personal ads. They vary in length from a page to several, some are anecdotes of the creators actual experiences relating to personals, some use the sequential art medium to give the text a whole new (generally creepy) meaning. It was fun to see the variety of approaches and illustration styles (Wertz includes artists from both the published GN community and the zine community, which is very very cool), although I did see a prevailing th...more
Joshua
Well. It only took an hour to read. Ultimately, it was a pretty sad book. But I suppose you expect that from a book about people searching for love no? A lot of the 'missed connections' were rather sweet in and of themselves, and you could tell when the artist had chosen a rather creepy one for the shock value alone. I did enjoy the ones taken completely out of context though. All in all, I suppose it actually made me feel a little better for the dozens of stupid little crushes I develop about p...more
Gary Lee
Too long and uneven to really be great; too short to be overbloated and awful.
This one had some great pieces scattered throughout, but most were mediocre at best.
Unless you want to help support indie comics published through a mainstream house, or you're a fan of more than five contributors found within, you can probably skip this one.
eva
would've given it five stars if wertz had curated & edited it just a little more heartlessly...but still a fun, quick read, and more variety than i expected.
Katie
Well put together collection of an interesting theme.
Matti Karjalainen
Julia Wertzin toimittama "I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-life Missed Connections" (Three Rivers Press, 2009) sisältää pieniä sarjakuvatarinoita, joiden aiheena ovat Missed Connections -palstoille jättämät ilmoitukset, joissa haikaillaan kahvilassa nähdyn ihmisen perään ja uskotaan lyhyen katsekontaktin sisältävän myös lupauksen ikuisesta rakkaudesta. Sarjakuva-antologian konsepti on siis sama kuin tamperelaisessa Sarjarissa, ja odotukset olivat korkealla, olihan perusidea hyvä ja tekijäkaari...more
Rhlibrary
May 14, 2009 Rhlibrary added it
Shelves: dave-s-picks
This book combines two of my favorite modern-day phenomena: graphic art and Missed Connections.

If you’re unaware of Missed Connections, you should visit Craigslist.com immediately and click on the link for it. Missed Connections is a place online where people can post little love notes (or maybe “would-be-love” notes) about how they saw someone they were romantically interested in around town and neglected to say something. The posts can range from cute to creepy to wildly inappropriate, but, ei...more
Vicky
Sep 22, 2011 Vicky rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vicky by: thanks brandon <3 (and barbara lol <3)
This book combines two things I really like—comics and missed connections—and I like select stories in here, though the collection overall feels "off"/"weak". I would be very interested if this book were ALL w4w stories, but that won't happen, so at least more from the m4w (I think there was like, one?) and the w4w (again, like one) and the other sections. The organization/layout could be revised, too, like to sort it by w4m, m4w, etc & like, each contributor has their name all over the plac...more
Phayvanh
Mar 02, 2009 Phayvanh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: voyers and gift buyers
Recommended to Phayvanh by: DB
Shelves: 2009, comix, reviews
This slim, but packed book benefits from a great premise--Missed Connections ads. We who read those ads are half-desparate lonley hearts and closeted voyeurs. These ads explored and reimagined in a stylistically diverse collection from very talented artists and writers (some of whom I know!). Includes the likes of Peter Bagge, Jeffrey Brown, Daniel Barlow, Jesse Reklaw, Megan Baehr, Ken Dahl,Linda Park, etc.

Thanks to editor Julia Wertz, the book is elevated from the random selection of ads as p...more
Joshua
I must admit that I've never read the Craiglist "missed connections" postings before reading this graphic novel. Almost everyone I ask about the listings have read them and continue to read them finding great joy in the listings, like little writings on a club's bulletin board- an almost peepshow into modern life, a more desperate Match.com. Having never read the postings before, I was amused an taken aback by the sincerity and out right creepiness of the postings turned visual art found within...more
Anna
Found out about this comic through Shaenon Garrity, who drew one of the comics for this collection. When it comes to (indie) comics, I generally enjoy these anthology-type of works. I'm still not fully familiar with all of the big 'names' so by reading anthologies, I get a sampling of the artists whose works I like and who I may eventually look up and follow when I get the time.

The book's premise is actually cute. I know I've browsed through the missed connections section of Craigslist, and made...more
Joseph
I love Missed Connections, and the idea for this book is genius. It helps that so many of the artists featured in the book seem to really get what makes Missed Connections so interesting: that they exist at the nexus of romantic and pathetic and creepy and desperate and sweet. Actually, I think they emphasize the creepy a little too much.

The best of these comics stick closely to their source material, which seems strange, when you consider how poorly written the average Missed Connection actuall...more
Joana Mosi
This is pretty much the type of stories that I like. Simple, human, emotional, sometimes weird, but overall, honest.
Some of them, the cutest ones, putt a smile on my face, made me feel happy and hopefull :) I'm a romantic girl, I like to see other people in love. Makes me think about all the good things in this world.
I thinks this is such a cool project, a nice way to gather up so many different artists and cartoonists and new tallents, people I never heard about, and I really like to see so man...more
Jessiqa
This was a fun, quick read. It's as the title describes--a collection of Craigslist missed connection ads via short comics, usually a page long. The comics are by turns creepy and sad and funny. The day I finished it, I passed it along to a friend who also loved it. I rather hope another volume comes out. Or maybe I should just visit the associated website and keep up with the comics that way. Either way, I'm happy. I highly recommend this to pretty much everyone.
Lindz
Don't let her comic name, "Fart Party," turn you away. Julia Wertz has a fresh, sarcastic sense of humor that is occasionally more sophisticated than farts. I have no idea how I found her webcomic, but I did and raced through her archives, most likely while procrastinating on a school project. In "I Saw You..." she compiles artwork by her friends in the comics business. Each comic is based on a "Missed Connections" posting on Craigslist. The resulting art is funny, sad, surreal, and fascinating....more
Jai
I remember I first saw this collection of comics in the same bookstore that Ginsberg first performed and rattled from the jowls of the Earth "Howl." I found it quirky. I didn't get to finish reading it due to my hosts itching to get me to something (in their minds) more culturally profound. I ended up spending an hour at the pier eating stale and salt crusted calm chowder in a greasy sourdough ball. I again picked it up a few days ago with the same odd feeling of connection and attraction and am...more
Claire
She's single and looking for love in all the wrong places. And there love is, right in front of her - that dude with the headphones nodding off on the subway! HE'S YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE DONT LET HIM GO NOOOOOOO HE WOKE UP AND IT'S HIS STOP NOOOOO HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE AHHHHHHH!!!!

When I was single I would have really liked this compilation of missed connections-y fantasy, but now I just feel tired thinking about how I used to concoct these dumb romantic stories for myself that never came to f...more
Nine
Sep 12, 2009 Nine rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics and stalkers
I think I maybe lent this to Gareth K Vile, or maybe it's just somewhere under the pile of clutter that passes for my desk, so I can't pick out my favourite bits for this review and already August feels like a distant memory (what did I do in August?). But I knew I'd love this, because a) I love the general concept of I Saw You ads, Missed Connections, and such, and b) it's an anthology, so any bits I wasn't into (of which there were few) didn't take up the whole book.

I do not draw comics, but t...more
Jay
Illustrating Missed Connections is a dangerous concept that might have produced cookie-cutter strips, but I was genuinely pleased with the playful outcome of I Saw You. The cartoonists of the book have a wide array of MC interpretations (autobiographic judgments, literal re-enactments, fantasy scenarios) and the flow really works. I wasn't familiar with most of the artists, so I Saw You is a great source for discovering new talent. The artists that stood out the most were: Corinne Mucha, Matthew...more
Dionisia
Jul 29, 2011 Dionisia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dionisia by: CLPGH New Nonfiction March 2009
More please! Great collection of comics. Enjoyed the sheer variety of artists and their interpretations of the many "missed connections" included in this anthology. Some of my favorites:

Marshmallow!! by Rama Hughes

May 20, 1987 by Dan Archer

Cute boy at Jimmy's in Brooklyn by Julia Wertz

Looking for Print Pal by Matt Leunig

So...She married me anyway by Jonathan Baylis and T.J. Kirsch

Ahh! I'm flipping through the pages trying to absorb my favorites as I type out the titles. I have to return this boo...more
HeavyReader
I have long been fascinated with missed connections personal ads, so I was pretty excited when I heard about this book. A bunch of artists did "comics inspired by real-life missed connections." Like all comics anthologies, I didn't like all the art, but at least all of the stories were weird and/or engaging.

My favorites: "I Just Had to Tell You" by Corinne Mucha, "May 20, 1987" by Dan Archer, " You Had Sideburns and a Mullet..." by Shaenon K. Garrity, "I Was Not This Guy" by Isaac Cates and Mik...more
NixLapi
Oh my hilarious! A fantastic collection of very short (1 to 3 pages) comics based on Craigslist "Missed Connections" (do they still exist, why yes they do!). Some of the comics I just didn't get, some were extremely creepy or visually unappealing, but most were a mix of sad hilarity. There were even a few sweet "awww" comics in the mix.

Single or not, if you have ever made eyes at a stranger and later wondered "what if"... or just like to laugh at those who have, this is a fantastic way to spend...more
Gia
This book introduced me to "missed connection" ads and now I'm hooked. The book itself was fairly entertaining and based on a great concept, but some of the stories and illustrations didn't interest me. Also unfortunately I was unable to read some of the comics due to the Nook format. I am a Julia Wertz fan, which is what prompted me to pick up the book. While her illustrations are still some of my favorites, I was happy for this introduction to other author/illustrators.
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Julia was born in 1982 in the San Francisco Bay area. She's the author/illustrator of the unfortunately titled autobio comics the Fart Party Vol 1 & 2, and the Eisner nominated graphic novels Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait & Other stories. In her spare time, she explores and photographs abandoned buildings and writes about it at AdventureBibleSchool.com
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