73rd out of 104 books — 50 voters
You are Here
by Kyle Baker
Noel Coleman's got it made. He has a successful career, a house in the country, and a wonderful girlfriend. He's also been lying like crazy about his secret past. Until now. Within a day of returning to New York City to sell his apartment, Noel's being chased by the cops and stalked by a serial Killer. To top it off, his unsuspecting fiancee's followed him to the city with...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by Vertigo
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A somewhat atypical graphic novel, the text is very sparse, but the art is vivid and fun and tells the story well and it's a good story about what happens when life and love collide in New York city. Wacky yet realistic and funny and fun to read. I'd recommend this one.
From the brillant pen of Why I Hate Saturn comes this masterwork about the horror of getting old. Nolel Coleman has lied about everything in his life to his girlfriend and you just know it will all come out. And it does come completly unravelled. Baker isn't just a great artist, but a keen wordsmith with a wicked sense of sardonic humor. His dialouge is a pleasure to read. Most artists working with their own stories focus on the pictures, not Baker. Rather he fills the drawings with actual life...more
I have no idea how something this clever (in premise and initial execution) escaped me for over a decade. The art is early computer aided but with a distinct Disney animated style. The story matches the cartoon hijinx nature of the art for the first 2/3rds. Unfortunately, all of the charm is gone by the final showdown and "what the??" epilogue. Perhaps that can be attributed to the reader expecting either a fairy tale ending or a noir-ish downer depending upon which style aspect appealed the mos...more
Noel used to be a thief, then he found out people were actually willing to buy his paintings and then became an artist instead. He meets Helen a vegetarian all natural nature girl on a weekend getaway upstate, falls in love with her and stays for a year. Noel goes back home to NYC to sell his place and his lies and his past catch up with him. As one thing after another happens to Noel the reader can't help but laugh in disbelief. I love Baker's illustration style although having all of the text...more
Here's Kyle Baker in full color mania and darkedy dark humor. It has hit men, pimps, and call girls, murder and mayhem. All lovingly detailed in vibrant Saturday morning cartoon colors and style so you keep waiting for the characters to burst out in song about "chipmunks in the trees and the whip-or-wills in the breeze" or some such.
At times funny like a screwball, fish-out-of-water comedy. At other times as dark as a noir film. Both tones are perfectly balanced, in this briskly plotted yet character driven work. Definitely cinematic in scope and in how Baker frames his art.