Michael Malice is a real jerk, but I loved reading about his life. Even from a very early age he was unapologetically self-centered and terribly cockyMichael Malice is a real jerk, but I loved reading about his life. Even from a very early age he was unapologetically self-centered and terribly cocky. He hates it when other people "screw him over" but he seems to have no trouble returning the favor, even getting a couple of people fired through the course of the book.
His political views don't endear him to me either. He read Ayn Rand books and loved them, which should come as no surprise to anyone. I am not very familiar with that subset of the political spectrum, but I'd call it an attempt to turn selfishness into a political movement. I could go on, but I think I'll just stick to my indifferent attempts at altruism, thankyouverymuch.
But I recommend the book! The creators (Pekar and Dumm) are a talented pair that have clearly been working together for a long time. I'm going to (hopefully) be meeting them soon so maybe I will bring this along for them to sign....more
This is a quick, fun read from the woman who brought us Persepolis. Damn near identical art style, too, which I've never been a big fan of. Overall IThis is a quick, fun read from the woman who brought us Persepolis. Damn near identical art style, too, which I've never been a big fan of. Overall I did like it. The pace is much slower than P. which allows the reader to really absorb an anecdote before the author jumps onto a new one. And it's nice to get a little glimpse into the quieter aspects of the lives of Iranian women, though it's clear that Satrapi's family is part of a rather small, many would say privileged, group in Iran. ...more
This graphic novel has much the same feel and tone to it as Persepolis, but it has certain qualities that elevate it, in my mind at least. Whereas PerThis graphic novel has much the same feel and tone to it as Persepolis, but it has certain qualities that elevate it, in my mind at least. Whereas Persepolis tried to deal with too much at once which made it confusing at times, Chicken with Plums centers very astutely on just one character during a reasonably small part of his life. It flows very nicely, with the frequent reminiscences gradually morphing into the main focus of the story - a very novel and appropriate technique that Satrapi handled beautifully. The work on her previous three graphic novels has clearly helped the author hone her skills.
The story, too, was a great one. Persepolis did not have a single, concrete tone to it and Embroideries, while enjoyable, was a little too girlie and short for me. But Chicken with Plums is darker, maybe even "manly," and it knows it. It knows its genre, Tragedy, and it sticks with it to the end.
If I had to criticize this book, the artwork comes easily to mind as a target. While many people enjoy it - including my sister, who says she couldn't see the artwork done any other way - I've never liked and probably never will. It's simple, yes, but that doesn't bother me. It's just dull.
Still, this deserves the 4/5 I gave it, no question.
This was surprisingly good. It's my first reading of anything Spirit-related. I was expecting it to be more hype than substance, but wouldn't you knowThis was surprisingly good. It's my first reading of anything Spirit-related. I was expecting it to be more hype than substance, but wouldn't you know it, many of the stories are clever and all feel incredibly modern. After reading about the early days of comics (50s and earlier) I got the impression that it was mostly all trash, just thrown together for money. Granted, everyone usually throws The Spirit and Will Eisner in there as an exception to the rule, but, cynic that I am, I couldn't believe it.
The short format comes off as novel and it's amazing how much Eisner managed to accomplish within each little tale. If he had wanted to, there's no doubt Eisner could have really fleshed out that area of the medium.
The characters and plots are original, they stick in your mind - and they are not typical super hero or even comic book characters. C'mon! Rat tat the toy machine gun! How could you not like that?
It feels surprisingly sophisticated, too. Though nominally a super hero comic book, the reader of a Spirit comic soon realizes that that's really just a thin disguise. Just look at that mask the character wears! It's clear to everyone - including Eisner, I suspect - that it's not critical to conceal the Spirit's identity.
This is considered a classic by many, and yes, it is well done - but it's just not my kinda story. The oft-mentioned oddities didn't bother me, thoughThis is considered a classic by many, and yes, it is well done - but it's just not my kinda story. The oft-mentioned oddities didn't bother me, though I have to wonder why Tezuka chose to put some of these things in there. The goofier of these oddities tend to take away from the development of this otherwise serious story - even though the serious part of the story is also a little over the top.