This is the second and concluding collection in English, containing the third and fourth part from the original French versions. It continues in the sThis is the second and concluding collection in English, containing the third and fourth part from the original French versions. It continues in the style of the previous book, presenting the everyday life of a troubled person who nonetheless, is beginning to have a pretty good life. He now has a steady girlfriend with whom he now lives. All is not well though, his father committed suicide towards the end of the last book seemingly due to his advancing dementia. While struggling with this problem, another, arguably smaller one, is the disagreement he has with his girlfriend over whether or not to get a child.
The stories themselves are in the same style as the last book, extreme realism, everyday events, never transcending into unbelievable and exaggerated story lines. Nevertheless, he manages to intrigue the reader with nothing but likable (or at least interesting) characters.
Definitely recommended reading for anyone who likes everyday realism in the style of Peter Bagge and others....more
This contains the first to parts of Larcenet's Ordinary Victories, translated into English from the original French. The stories are about a photograpThis contains the first to parts of Larcenet's Ordinary Victories, translated into English from the original French. The stories are about a photographer who has problems with anxiety. He's also sick of his work lately and feeling generally lost and lonely. Meeting his brother for some "big fat joints" and video games seems to bring some happiness into his life, but not much else seems able to produce that effect. After his cat gets a minor injury, he meets an interesting female vet with whom he develops a relationship which struggles a bit due to his neuroses, but seems to stabilize after a while. On the way he also visits his old parents, does a photo set with his dads' old co-workers and has the photos displayed in a show alongside one of his big idols of photography, befriends an old war veteran with a past he's unable to ignore, and has many other encounters.
The book tells a very personal moving story that really draws the reader in, while at the same time remaining completely realistic and never moving beyond picturing the everyday events of normal people. Some of the characters are unusually colorful and eccentric, but none some much that it becomes implausible. I just dove into the story and found myself unable to put it down until it was over. I'm now heading over to the next book, containing the English version of parts three and four. Expect a review of that later today!...more
A neatly told history of an important literary movement. Told mainly by the late and great Harvey Pekar. The bulk of the book consists of the life stoA neatly told history of an important literary movement. Told mainly by the late and great Harvey Pekar. The bulk of the book consists of the life stories of the greatest of the movement: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, with a bunch of accompanying stories thereafter about the movement as a whole and a lot of smaller names within the movement as well as those without it but closely related to it in some form. The stories are told in a straight forward way, as is always expected when reading Pekar (and the other authors match the style, intentionally or not) and the artwork is functional but nothing more than that. Worth a read for anyone interested to know more about the Beats, both about their works and their lives, told in a simple informative, unimpassioned way with mediocre artwork. This may sound like a bad review, but it's not intended that way. It is simply the result of wanting to point out that this is not an entertaining book, and probably not intended that way either. It is simply informative and interesting for those wanting to know more about its subject, like reading an illustrated Wikipedia-article without the policy of non-biased reporting....more
Underhållande, men inte mer än så. Christensen försöker att få till samma stämning av bitterhet och missär som i serien, men lyckas inte riktigt. FörsUnderhållande, men inte mer än så. Christensen försöker att få till samma stämning av bitterhet och missär som i serien, men lyckas inte riktigt. Försöket känns, likt hans Arne-serier från senare år, som alltför krystat och artificiellt i motsats till de tidigare årens seriers fullt genuina livsångest....more
A massive tale of the Jack-the-ripper killings containing a mixture of truth and fiction. Incorporating both down to earth realism and occult mysticisA massive tale of the Jack-the-ripper killings containing a mixture of truth and fiction. Incorporating both down to earth realism and occult mysticism, the result is both a seemingly believable tale of what actually happened (I say seemingly since I lack the proper knowledge relevant subjects to really make a judgement) and a weird story of old rituals and mystic symbolism. As I know of Alan Moore's fascination with the latter and the fact that he seems to take such thing seriously, I could not help but be somewhat deterred by these segments, even though they added positively to the story. Nevertheless, while this made the skeptic in me frown, the appendices countered this effect. Here we are treated to a thorough discussion of the many different sources for the scenario presented in the bulk of the book, with lots of explanations as to which parts have good support in fact, which are more speculative and based on some specific theory, and which are complete speculation or invention on the part of Moore to improve the story. The book is, in other words, no attempt at a purely scholarly treatment of the facts in the form of a graphic novel, but rather a heavily factually informed speculation of how it could have happened. It is an excellently told tale and nicely illustrated too. The work that must have been put in to this quite boggles the mind and leaves one massively impressed by the work discipline which Moore must possess....more