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Sounds of Your Name

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"Sounds of Your Name" collects Nate Powell's zines and comics, including his first two books, "Tiny Giants" and" It Disappears" (published by Soft Skull). His intricate, sometimes chaotic drawings examine the complications that come with passing from childhood into adulthood. Renderings of friends and family scattered across the country paint tender, sweaty, and memory-soa ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 10th 2007 by Microcosm Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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David Schaafsma
A collection of stuff from Powell from the late nineties and early century. From the author of Swallow Me Whole and Any Empire and March, Book One, these are smaller experiments, and his first two short books, all black and white, teen angst, punk, small town, early love anguish, short works, a glimpse into emotions and states of mind… not entirely satisfying, but I can see they would be a thrown rope to the lost and alienated teen who sees him/herself here. There's a sad short piece in tribute ...more
Printable Tire
The words are ham-fisted teenage Shakespearean angst, which I do believe has its place but also leads to much confusion. The art can be very beautiful and nostalgic and sentimental when it's not muddled and sketchy and distracting. All in all, it is difficult to know what exactly is going on, although I think the author does a great job of capturing some sort of... youthful dreamlike essence. Sometimes. Other times he's just outright lame.

(What's weird is I probably know people who know this guy
Powell is a phenomenally good artist--a perfect marriage of American and Japanese styles. The panels hardly need words to tell powerful stories of angst and separation. The problem comes in the fact that there often are words and, unfortunately, not very good ones. Try to be forgiving because this book includes some very early work, script-wise, and try to remember that with art this good, almost no scripting would be able to live up.
Again, beautiful Nate Powell, but this one was a compilation of smaller projects and incredibly scattered (I'm a bit biased because I expected a graphic novel). It's a worthwhile read to watch his drawing evolve-- from amazing to more amazing!
This is what comic writers should aspire to. //Sounds of Your Name// is anthology from Nate Powell, and covers a wide variety of themes. The book is divided into short stories, longer stories, and covers. The short stories are fun quips and statements on the state of affairs, with some nice political commentary thrown in. The longer stories are some very nice storytelling, as Powell allows stories to grow at their own pace, and develops some nice themes. The covers are just some just nice icing ...more
Jul 07, 2007 HeavyReader rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Nate Powell
I wrote this review for Zine World #25.

I have to admit two things right upfront. First, I only started reading comics a couple of years ago. Second, I usually enjoy comics with words in nearly every panel since I don’t seem to have the attention span to follow a story just by looking at pictures. With those things in mind, I wasn’t sure I was qualified to review Nate Powells’ new collection, Sounds of Your Name. I had never seen any of Nate’s work before and didn’t really know what I was getting
Dec 16, 2008 Ciara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of nate powell, people who are into graphic novels, comic punks, fans of walkie talkie zine
this is a graphic novel. therefore, you will be shocked to hear that i don't remember anything about it. well, i remember wishing it had a more linear storyline. it was all a little dreamy & kind of surreal or impressionistic. much as graphic elements slide off my brain & fade into nothingness before i can retain their basic components, i don't do well with weird fantastical surrealistic shit. so this is just a big illustrated blur to me. i got it free from microcosm when they used to se ...more
Bryce Holt
Nate Powell's not in it to make you happy or give you all the answers. What he does do is spin a visually and often emotionally wrenching story, and this collection of his early work is no different. It amazes me that pieces like this and his mind-blowing "Swallow Me Whole" (that deals with schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorders in youth...a heavy subject that you know is not meant to end well) go unobserved by the masses. While this seems to be a somewhat difficult find, if you DO man ...more
Ryan Mishap
I've always enjoyed Powell's work, though some of the human oriented stories are ponderous. I don't mind the, forgive me, emo (in the best sense of the word not MTV crap) angles, the stories of people trying and failing to connect, but they are often difficult to follow.
What I do like are the shorts and the wonderful FRANKENBONES! This is the tale of a tough old street cat, Frank, and his young sidekick, Bones, who live in an apartment with a young punk woman. When she invites a less-than-poli
Sara Willis
Dec 02, 2007 Sara Willis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: graphic novel readers
Shelves: favorites
One of the best drawn graphic compilations in my experience, which is admittedly short but none less interested. Nate Powell invokes a loneliness that can only link us through our disconnections. Although the "us" I speak of above is a counterculture still in the realm of American middle-class privilege his representations question such advantages. A work with drawings that speak on their own (pages without caption or written dialogue) seems a difficult find at this level of articulation with su ...more
Ryan Haupt
I adore basically everything Nate Powell has ever done, and this book is no exception. I like flipping through compilations of early work of people who have really grown in their style as artists. I wrote a brief blurb about this (and a few other) comics in my weekly column on iFanboy.

iFanboy: Can I just talk about some books I've liked lately?
ah, nate powell...this collection of nate's comics from the past 10 years or so made me really nostalgic...two friends said, "i love his style but i usually don't know what's going on!" i understand that critique, but i also feel like nate is part of a certain school of zine-maker that speaks in a similar voice, on an endless search for truth. see 'scenery,' or 'america?' for examples. sad, nostalgic, good stuff
Nate Powell draws and imagines like a professional lucid dreamer.
His(human) characters are so achingly concerned with the ethical implications of every human act that their motivations are a little hard to divine sometimes. If you get stuck, think back to when you were a teenager. If you're still stuck, maybe you were never that aware.
I love Nate Powell's full-length graphic novels, and while it was interesting to see some of his early works, I nearly set this aside for good many times. There are moments of genius, but for the most part it feels as though you're sorting through the belongings of a deceased relative. Recommended for completionists only.
while I gorged myself on his drawings, they are so rich and decadent, thich black strokes, and wavery little details, I have to admit I found the stories to obscure and too obtuse. I sort of appreciated this as a concept, yet was ultimately impatient and unsatisfied before I was even half way through.
E. Chris
Nate Powell has an incredible talent for telling heart-wrenching tales with potent words and images. As a fellow graphic artist, this book helped me develop a better appreciation for creating an emotional setting with an intuitive use of ink and detail (or lack thereof).
I loved the old little Walkie Talkie zine, when Powell just made these sweetly poetic, punky, captivating drawings and then photocopied them for the masses. Holding this glossy bound thing is exciting. It makes me nostalgic in a good way.
Dec 29, 2007 Q rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: zine geeks and comic nerds
love nate's work. glad to finally get my hands on this collection of his stuff. looking forward to reading some new stories and re-reading some old ones.
super old-school emo, abstract stories with really amazing ink work. it's like my favorite record, but is a comic instead.
Elaina Vitale
In another life, I will come back as a teenager who thinks like Nate Powell. Brilliant.
Sarah Jane
Wonderful! Exciting! Even better w/the second printing (image-wise).
nate powell is a genius.
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