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The Playwright

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  104 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The Playwright rather enjoys a quiet moment in the local park. It is a good place to mentally sort his ideas, and is often frequented by pretty young ladies. He once saw a pigeon defecate onto a businessman's shoulder. It struck him as absurd that such an event is often considered lucky. Surely the luck lay with passers-by who, statistically, were far less likely to be sim...more
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Top Shelf Productions
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Matt Hartzell
Jan 30, 2014 Matt Hartzell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any adult
Shelves: graphic-novels
I enjoyed my read of this. I'm not as well versed in slice-of-life graphic novels, but this was an interesting portrayal of a celibate middle-aged man trying yet seemingly unable to find a woman he can share a life with.

From the outside, the unnamed playwright appears to be highly successful. He is highly regarded professionally, lives a cultured life filled with good food and modest living, and displays his love of family by caring for his mentally handicapped brother. Despite all of this, he i...more
I'm not normally a big fan of Eddie Campbell--his art often looks too scratchy/sketchy to my eye, and I often find myself wondering just what exactly it is that I'm supposed to be looking at. This, however, is a different kettle of fish. Perhaps the fact that it's in colour helps. The underlying designs still seem typically Campbellian, but the characters are all instantly recognizeable, and I was never in any doubt about what I was looking at. And there are some quite stunning and effective ima...more
The latest from artist Eddie Campbell is a collaboration with writer Daren White, and it's a wonderful, bittersweet melding of pictures and words that is formalist in its construction but charming for being so concise.

THE PLAYWRIGHT is the story of a middle-aged English gentleman who has enjoyed some success as a writer, with much of his most successful work being for television. Over the years, he has become rather set in his ways, and his artistic and financial success is offset by an increasi...more
David Schaafsma
Eddie Campbell drew From Hell, with Alan Moore. Here he draws again for Daren White and adds color, watercolor, softly toning this story about a playwright with almost no social skills. He is self-absorbed, almost never speaks to other people, mines his loneliness and his mining his family helps to separate him further from others.. making him very successful, receiving award after award for his writing. The book is not as sweet as it sounds so far, though, because part of his self-absorption in...more
This isn't quite a "graphic novel" -- its more of a heavily illustrated short story, with a combination of words and pictures on every page. It's a stark character study of the titular playwright, as he comes to terms with his past and his place in the world. It reminded me a lot of Richard Yates -- nothing is romanticized or explained, the story is simply told, and the reader makes whatever meaning they can from the story. It's definitely an acquired taste, but Campbell and White have created a...more
Nathan Holic
Deeply empathetic, and achingly honest. This book read like an Andre Dubus (long) short story, adapted into picture-book form. Not a traditional "graphic novel," by any stretch, but don't mistake its quiet mood and slow pace for "boring." This book delves deep into the heart of a peculiar and haunted man, and gives us as clear a view of his world and his fears and desires(without ever judging him, which is difficult) as we can hope for.
Reminiscent of large cartoon broadsheets featuring a caricature, this deceptively simple humorous narrative about a playwright becomes a sensitive fleshed portrait by the finish. It begins by poking fun at a man who makes his living at writing about humanity from the view of an observer only to regret his lack of actual substance to his life. Amusingly, it is only when he begins to live his own life that he finds he cannot write anymore.
Sad and lonely leads to productivity, content and fulfilled leads to unproductivity. Hmmm... I love Eddie Campbell's drawings (in color, no less!) and the subtle insights into "the playwright's" mind we get through the spare narrative.
Boring, stodgy characters don't make for the most interesting of books, despite the author's attempts to interject some humor. This is a portrait of a sad, sad man and that gives us a sad, joyless book.
James Schneider
Eddie Campbell's primitive tools lead to some of the most humanistic cartooning around. Daren White's story is warm and in perfect balance and scope. A wonderful way to spend an hour.
Cartoonists of the world - enough with the sad, lonely, awkward, middle-aged white dude and his masturbation habits. Eddie Campbell is good at drawing, but seriously- enough.
Neil Ellis Orts
Quiet, a little stream-of-conscious, softly humorous, I found this graphic story to be quite appealing, made more so by Eddie Campbell's masterful artwork.
A man truly committed... to comics. And a great story to boot.
I'd bet we all know a someone just like the protagonist...
Erin Tuzuner
The intense inward eye of critical, self loathing, and abstract announcements are in fine force here.
Excellent illustrations support this glimpse of an ordinary (flawed) man's world.
Amanda Baskin
Good story-telling and illustration. I was pulled through it. Not a kids book.
Really great. Melancholy and lonesome.
Adrienne Aphrodite
Adrienne Aphrodite marked it as to-read
May 05, 2014
Tim Clary
Tim Clary marked it as to-read
Jan 21, 2014
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Eddie Campbell has earned an international following. For over 25 years, he has blazed a trail in the world of graphic novels, and his work has earned nearly every honor in the field, including the Eisner, Ignatz, and Harvey awards.

With Alan Moore he created the towering opus From Hell, later adapted by Hollywood. Among the multitude of solo works he has produced, the epic series Bacchus brings th...more
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