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American Elf 1999

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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"Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and prof
ebook, 455 pages
Published 2012 by Top Shelf
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Alex Sarll
Daily diary strips, read as much as anything because I fancied some more Kochalka after Superf*ckers and didn't really know where to go next. Initially, that seemed like a mistake – to borrow one criticism from within the work:
"What do you think of my sketchbook strips?"
"Uh huh."
'What about today's? Do you like it?"
"Well, they're all pretty boring I guess."

Certainly I wasn't won over as quickly as with an analogous project like Ellerbisms. But gradually they settle down. There's at once a voyeur
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: c-2021ircb
Part of its charm is how boring it is - and at times it is very charming! There are quite a few cute romantic moments or sentimental musings on the seasons which I loved. However, I feel bad for Amy having to deal with a piss-obsessed drunken sex pest. From my perspective as a woman, I struggled to connect with whatever it is Amy sees in James. I was surprised that they're still together today - for many of the comics it seems like neither one likes the other very much. I imagine (hope) that as ...more
Adam M
IRCB podcast "Patreon Member Kyle D" why did you make me read this? Why did I muscle through the whole thing? Why did someone publish this? Who cares? This was rough top-to-bottom, from the mundane to the incredible mundane. I don't want to read your inane daily journal anyway, but when nothing happens AND THAT'S APPARENTLY THE POINT it's simply pointless self indulgence.

This is the sort of thing that gets passed off as artistic and whimsical because we want to reward a guy with pencils and ink
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ircb-2021
It's a slice of life comic that's quite literally about nothing. It's just a simple comic (generally four panels) done every day for just over a year, about whatever happened that day. Sometimes it's gross, sometimes it's sad, sometimes it's silly and fun. As an autobiography it doesn't tell you many little facts and tidbits that usually make non-fiction such an interesting read, but seeing so much ordinary mundane moments makes James Kochalka more presonable than the characters in most biograph ...more
As the blurb indicates, American Elf is a collection of daily four panel comics created between October 1998 and December 1999 and written and drawn by James Kochalka. As such there are pages where Kochalka does not want to do the strip that day, or does it late, or questions continuing with the daily project. So it does have the feel of real life, particularly his conversations with his wife, Amy. American Life 1999 captures the mundanity of daily life as well. Some of my favorite pages though ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kolchalka's diary comic, drawn in a simple & refined brush-and-ink style, is compelling even when it gets repetitious. The repetitions accumulate into a really in-depth self-portrait. It's worth reading because Kolchaka is a master of the 4-panel. ...more
Dean Simons
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this
Hector Ibarraran
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm going to go ahead and give this book five stars not because it is perfect, but because it isn't. This is the beginning of a more than ten year journey into documenting a life via a daily comic. I've maintained a journal off an on for about as long as the author has Kochalka has kept one, and it has been, probably, one of the most rewarding and frightening aspects of my life. Over the past few months I've been toying with the idea of keeping a daily comic book entry. Of course, my art skills ...more
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
An awesome concept-- draw a 1-3 panel comic strip for every day of life for a year. If you're looking for a graphic novel for the spectacle, this is not for you. Crudely drawn, which works great for his purposes. Some panels make you think, some make you laugh. Overall, the concept was better than the execution. I am hoping/assuming that after this first edition he got a lot better. Still worth a read. ...more
Jun 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, didn-t-finish
Bad webcomic. I wonder what Nerdburger sees in him.
Debe ser el mejor de los tomos.
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
It is always such a treat to visit Kochalkaland!
Lucas Swanger
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic comic.
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James Kochalka is an American comic book artist and writer, and rock musician. His comics are noted for their blending of the real and the surreal. Largely autobiographical, Kochalka's cartoon expression of the world around him includes such real-life characters as his wife, children, cat, friends and colleagues, but always filtered through his own observations and flights of whimsy. In March 2011 ...more

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American Elf (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries, Vol. 1
  • American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries, Vol. 2
  • American Elf: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries, Vol. 3
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