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Market Day by James Sturm
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May 09, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: historical, comix
Read in May, 2010

A quietly gorgeous book -- really great use of a muted palette with a few streaks of color for impact that correspond to the narrative arc. I agree with Richard that Sturm is definitely making a point about the futility of perfecting your craft, especially if you are as obsessive as the Jewish rug maker at the center of the story (or as most cartoonists I know tend to be). But I think he's also showing the readers (in a very non-didactic fashion) how that futility is fed by a capitalist society in which profit margin is valued more than artistry or craftmanship. I'm hardly nostalgic for the rural, pre-industrial world that Mendleman inhabits, but I do feel sympathy for his plight. . .

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