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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Let Us Be Perfectly Clear is a collection of Paul Hornschemeier's full-color short stories and shows off his playful experimental side and his protean stylistic verve. Perfectly Clear brings back into print stories that Hornschemeier published prior to his Three Paradoxes Fantagraphics debut from a variety of sources—his own self-published Forlorn Funnies, as well as strip ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published November 22nd 2006 by Fantagraphics
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Jamie Felton
I wish I could have changed the order I read Hornschemeier's stuff into this order:
First - Let Us Be Perfectly Clear
Second - The Three Paradoxes
Third - Mother, Come Home
This is ideal (for me) because I would have started with his shorter, less epic work and progressed into his beautifully written and drawn Mother, Come Home.
Instead I read his stuff like this:
First - Mother, Come Home
Second - The Three Paradoxes
Third - Let Us Be Perfectly Clear

So, while I thought it had merit, Let Us Be...wasn't
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David Schwan
A collection of short pieces. There are two books bound together, you need to flip the book to read either half. in the side "Let us be" there is a very existential story about a robot lost in the desert which is quite nice. In the other half (Perfectly Clear) there is a confusing story about a couple and their relationship.
Nuno
Book comprised in two parts containing small stories (the book flips upside down in the middle).
Part one, "Let's Us Be", is awesome both graphically and story wise. The robot story is genius. But there are other surreal, fantastic, weird stories here.
Part two, "Perfectly Clear", is the humorous part, but too experimental and inconclusive. I didn't find it particularly funny or interesting, it retains the same surreal elements of part one, some darker than others, but left me more with a surprise
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Sara
Incredible illustration, really neat layouts, hit-and-miss stories.
Lilburninbean
This might be the final PH book I read. I was so utterly disappointed with this collection that I didn’t even finish—which is very rare for me. I made the following comment in my write-up of The Three Paradoxes (but that time with a more generous reading of author intent): why is PH using the term “retarded” in such an uncritical and cavalier manner? I just don’t understand what he’s trying to achieve both with the use of this term and with some of the other things going on here. On one hand, he ...more
Jason
This is a collection of shorts from the writer/artist who wrote first gained popularity with the graphic novel Mother, Come Home.

Hornschemeier's work is often surreal and completely bizarre. While I loved this collection, I recommend it with some hesitation: it's quite strange, dealing with some pretty dark topics. One short story involves a man getting off work early to meet a "cousin" who turns out to be a child pornography dealer. The way Hornschemeier tells the story is completely terrifyin
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Ademption
Paul Hornschemeier's second strongest book after Mother, Come Home. Hornschemeier works best in short, interlinked comics, which wholly comprise this anthology volume, where his illustration and clever transitions are showcased but do not overwhelm longer narratives. Also, he does better work with purely fictional comics, whether long or short. When he tries long-form memoirs, like The Three Paradoxes, the result is dull navel-gazing. So what if young Paul Hornschemeier got into a fight once, an ...more
James
Let Us Be Perfectly Clear: you need this book.

It's nothing short of brilliant. In fact, I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that I actually think that Horschemeier's experimental forays are qualitatively better than his illustrious predecessor's, Art Spiegelman. By which I mean: yes, Spiegelman was an innovator with the form, but once in a while you felt he was just going through the motions. Whereas young PH seems more driven to tell different kinds of stories in as many different alteratio
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Andie Nash
Really love Hornschemeier and his funny, thoughtful, existentialist comics. I want to track down more of his collections!
Emma
This feels less mature narratively than The Three Paradoxes. His drawings, design and colouring are just beautiful, but it's gratuitously experimental (which is fine, but less measured). There's a metacomic in there about the supposed pretentiousness of his work, which I read early on, and then all the way through I kept thinking about pretentiousness, which didn't help. A bit like watching a whole lot of music videos instead of a feature film; but maybe I'm being too conservative. I think I jus ...more
Brad
Jul 29, 2007 Brad rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people that like their comics short, funny, and sometimes esoteric
Shelves: comics
Before opening this book, I only knew Paul Horn… er, Hornscheimeier’s name because he works in the same studio as Jeffrey Brown, whose raw, autobiographical and satirical comics I really enjoy. Hornscheimer’s a completely different story. This collection of 1-6 page strips has beautiful artwork with varying levels of detail (much like The Perry Bible Fellowship) that alternate between quick gags and more meditative pieces.
I have to find more of Hornscheimeier’s work—I already have “Mother, Come
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Emilia P
Aug 13, 2007 Emilia P rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: hipsters?
Shelves: comic-books
this book splits in the middle, reading right side up to the middle from either side. I really enjoyed the "Let Us Be" side as it had a good ratio of text to image, but I turned it over to the "Perfectly Clear" side and really thought it stunk.
I might have a problem with full pages of esoteric text in what appears to be a comic book.

Oh well. I like color comics about made up monsters at the very least. Yep.

Jay
Mar 20, 2008 Jay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Myself, three years ago. Get on the wagon, past self.
I loved this book. Paul Hornschemeier is one of the most thoughtful and creative illustrators I've read. He does more than put pencil to paper to see where the story takes him. The one-to-twenty pages shorts that are collected in this book are extremely well-planned and drawn in various styles that appear effortless, almost like a cartoonist version of Michel Gondry.

More, Paul. More.
Earline
I picked up this book because it looked like a Chris Ware knock off... and it was. I love the art and the variety of genres in this collection and was excited to learn Hornschemeier was from Cincinnati and went to Ohio State. I also saw some of his work from Mother, Come Home in the Weight of the World exhibition at DAAP. I will probably check out some of his other books in the future.
Allie
Definitely a strange read. Read in one direction, half the book was Let Us Be and read from the other side it is Perfectly Clear. The comics in the Perfectly Clear section were more to my liking, especially Feelings Check, Whatever Dude, Vanderbilt Millions is a Mental Case, and (of course) Men and Women of the Television.
David Schaafsma
Comics. He dedicates this to his parents who gave him the gift of Gahan Wilson, who is better this artist, but you can see him going for the bizarro tone of Wilson in many places. It's likable, worth a few laughs, and sufficiently alternative and out there to attract for those reasons.
Mike
Oct 21, 2010 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comic
This book was great. Hornschemeier's inability to settle on a style really worked for him here--unlike the last book of his that I read. This collection had a joyful schizophrenia about it.
Dan
Wholly experimental and saturated in existentialism. Reminds me a lot of the Daniel Clowes canon. Constantly engaging and always unpredictable. Highly recomended and very enjoyable.
Spencer
what a contrast to his mother come home, this is ridiculously funny and absolutely beautifully drawn, a bunch of short little vingettes. funny stuff
jenna nims
some were 5 star stories, some needed to be longer and some i didn't care for at all - therefore i averaged out the stars in my mind and give it 3
Alando
This is the book that got me back into comics. I love the bold 'don't give a fuck' attitude with which he writes. Gold.
J Chris Campbell
This book collects some of my favorite work with lots of innovative techniques. Along with… gasp, humor!
Matthew Novak
Wonderful art, and it's layed out beautifully. But, stories either great or bland.
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Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby rural Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, dreaming that he might publish his own comic books one day. While majoring in philosophy and psychology at The Ohio State University, Hornschemeier was introduced to the graphic novel Ghost World by Daniel Clowes and began exploring underground and literary comics. He s ...more
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