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Here is Richard McGuire's unique graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same name.

Richard McGuire's groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman's editorship at RAW in 1989.

Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room - and its inhabitants - betwee
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 4th 2014 by Hamish Hamilton
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Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this a few days ago, then coincidentally discovered the collage/palimpsest photos of Kenneth Josephson at the Art Institute of Chicago today.

'Do you remember the guy who used to live here?'

Richard McGuire's Here is a stunning visual experience that takes a single spot in time and examines it over the course of human history. From a prehistoric forest, the hunting grounds of Native Americans, colonial days, contemporary family living and then on into the future, McGuire allows the reader to see this space seemingly unchained from the flow of time and instead as if it is all occurring at once. In this manner, McGuire shows how we are n
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Picture a room in your home. Do you know what that same room looked like 10 years ago? 20 years ago? Can you imagine what that space looked like 100 years ago? 1,000 years ago? What will it look like in the future?

Richard McGuire tried to answer those questions in this graphic novel. The book opens to a nearly empty room in 2014; we see a sofa, a window and a fireplace. Each turn of the page brings another drawing from the same perspective, with the year in the upper corner. Sometimes there is a
Paul Bryant
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here is the all time greatest example of why it’s difficult to recommend graphic novels to your average reader who doesn’t really take them seriously. It’s such a fast read, or view, really, there are so few words, that most people are going to think they didn’t get much for their money, and these things are never ever cheap. You can get through this in 30 minutes. But the story – there is no story – moves from 3 billion BCE to 2313. Mostly it ricochets over the 20th & early 21st century and ...more
Peter Derk
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let me start with this: I'm prepared to admit that I might be wrong. This might be a really good book. A lot of people I respect, people whose opinions I respect, really dig this. I don't want to convince anyone they're wrong, and I don't want to change anyone's mind. I disliked the book, and I feel compelled to say why, maybe only to explain it to myself.

With that out of the way...I don't think I really understand this book. Or understand its appeal.

The premise is this: Take a framed scene, in
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautifully designed graphic novel paired with a genius idea that's incredibly well thought out. It tells the story of a corner of a room throughout the billions of years of its existence. The art is gorgeous, giving off a Richard Hamilton vibe that I adored. You can read it in a half hour, but you'll be thinking about it for quite a while after. And I'm sure to return to it multiple times and learn something new each pass. Definitely recommend this one.
Jan Philipzig
Dec 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Evolution of Life & Comics

Back in 1989, Richard McGuire's 6-page story "Here" appeared in Art Spiegelman's seminal Raw anthology. It depicted a random North American location at vastly different points in time, hinting in very vague and abstract terms at its history over a period of billions of years. Primarily, though, the story experimented with the formal properties of comics. Its panels were not organized in conventional ways, and the result was a tapestry of a narrative that heavily
The six-page comic "Here", which appeared in 1989 in "Raw" magazine, volume 2, number 1, was immediately recognized as a transformative work that could expand the possibilities of the comics medium. Its influence continues to be felt twenty-five years after its publication--back dust jacket flap.

This book has enchanted me.

Each spread is a collection of vignettes depicting what happened at a particular moment in time right here, in this space, the space on the pages. I feel it may be a place in P
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Graphics can tell such a story! This entire book takes place in one corner of one room and tells the history of that spot, from millions of years BCE to 2300 AD. It's remarkably done. It makes one think of tim; all the forgotten, everyday history, the present and the coming history of each spot in our world.
Each spot has a continuing story to tell, even the corner of a room.
David Schaafsma
I read this a a couple months ago and was convinced it was a great work but couldn't exactly say why, which is a particularly lame reviewing comment, worthy of stopping yr reading right there, maybe. I have now read it 3 times and will read it again, but thought I would pause to say I read it one of these times in a classroom with maybe 15 really smart senior undergrads and grad students, all English majors, only one with any art background, some of whom had just wrestled with Ware's Building St ...more
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Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, sequential-art
i feel smol, someone hold me

this one is kind of hard to explain: but in a nutshell it's about this one room in an old house and how the space is used over time... before it was even a room, after it was a room, during it's use as a room.

and the visuals are laid over each other so the room itself could be the room from 1960 but with people from 1950 and 2020 and 1900 inside. the narrative itself is all over the place, honestly i wouldn't even call it a narrative. but most of the pages and scenes
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While technically this is a book, you don't really read it. It's a piece of art that you sort of just spend time with.

I've often thought of the same concept he's explored, but in a more abstract way. Imagine the living room at your parents house. Imagine all of the happy times you've experienced there, all of the conversations- important or mundane. Now imagine the people who lived there before they did. Think of the conversations and parties they've had in that same room, the people who have ma
Sam Quixote
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Richard McGuire’s Here looks at a corner in a living room through the ages. Using the same angle throughout, McGuire shows us what the corner looked like from millions of years ago to thousands of years in the future with everything in between.

So one page will show the corner of the living room in 1957 where a child sits playing with a toy, then in the corner of the page will be a cat walking through in 1999 and the framing might be from 1821 where it wasn’t a house yet and was simply a field.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I thought the concept of the book was good. The author depicts through artwork what is going on at a particular moment in time in one room (sometimes open space, depending on the year being depicted). Time spans as far back as the dinosaur age all the way into the far future.

The execution of the concept did not work so well. It’s too all over the place. I get that that was probably the intention of the author and at first I was open to the idea of it, but after a while, the panels became just pi
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jimmy by: Cat
These are not quotes from this book, just ones I found appropriate to the themes:
"As the day is long and the world is old, many people can stand in the same place, one after the other." -- Marie in Woyzeck by Georg Buchner

"Two MCs can't occupy the same space at the same time / It's against the laws of physics" -- The Fugees in Zealots
Some graphic novels could easily be written down as stories, but this one is truly a graphical experience, in that never before can this type of story be told in th
Dov Zeller
Oct 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphics-comics
Rrrrrr. This book.

An interesting concept, and some beautiful art/design/architecture, but I found the narrative through lines not compelling and so it just felt like a thought experiment gone on way too long and with not enough actual thought.

And why are the 'native americans' the only ones naked and having sex in it? (And so strangely depicted.)

Ugh. Something exploity and dull in all this.

Nate D
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The use of spatiotemporal montage here suggests film to me more than print. As such, I nearly experience this as animation as I read it, built of rapid cuts and surprise alignments. It's really a pleasure, if a fairly elliptical one by design.
Tom LA
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it

"Here" is an original graphic novel where the location is constantly fixed, as if you had a camera in one place, pointed at the corner of a room. The time span is million of years, from prehistory to the future, even though most of the pages are focused on the 20th century, with some special focus on the 17th and 18th century as well. Page after page, the author keeps jumping back and forth in time, showing us snapshots of that location and things that happened there.

The graphic style is really
Jan 04, 2016 added it
Shelves: 21st-century
So, basically it's an extra-dimensional portrait of a space. Well drawn. But I don't know how to respond to it. I'm usually good with artsy stuff, but maybe not with graphic-novelly stuff?

Some folks are seeing profound stuff in here. The best I've got is Time is a fashion show. And dude can draw.

I feel I want to object to this in some way, but I'm not sure. Maybe the thing that's bugging me is that people generally look as one would expect them to look for whatever time it is they represent. Thi
Tomas Ramanauskas
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
High concept comic book featuring the same room, same angle, same area viewed through anonymous eyes during the span of thousands and thousands of years. And 300 pages.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2017
If you ever remodeled a room and wondered in amazement at what kind of fool thought that godawful wallpaper looked good, this book is for you. I checked out this book on the afternoon of January 25, got home, laid down on the couch, and blazed through it because I couldn't wait to see how the years are represented. I mean, who hasn't bought an old house or lived in an old apartment and imagined how it was decorated way back then, or visualized long-dead people opening the same kitchen cabinet or ...more
It is quite nice to think that together with a lot of other people who have occupied this room or will occupy it, we are dancing with each other, around each other and through each other. Maybe underwater.

The Book is centred around a room. Each double-page spread shows a view from the same perspective, which oftentimes is the room, sometimes prehistoric landscapes or scenes a couple of hundred years in the future from now. Most spreads however have several details from other points in time layer
Stewart Tame
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of the most innovative graphic novels I've ever read! This is truly an amazing book. Here is a story about time. The front cover serves as the first panel of the book. The window on the front cover would appear to look into the room depicted on the inside front cover. After this implied zoom in through the window, the "camera" never moves. The shot of the room never changes, but the time does. The year appears in a box in the upper left corner, and changes back and forth in time. We see diff ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-gn, favorites
This book is enchanting, surreal, hypnotizing, stunning… An exploration of time and space, of birth and death. Existentialist and celebratory. The style of the illustrations would change from one page to the next, not messily, but in a way that makes each page an art piece on its own. One page you’re completely overwhelmed with a collage-like pastiche of images, dialogue, emotions, and years, the background drawn in messy color-penciled sketches; in the next you’re faced with a serene and primit ...more
Alec Longstreth
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I'm giving this book four stars as a compromise. The concept of "Here" is one of the most original uses of comics ever conceived. If you have never seen it before, it will truly blow your mind. Five star stuff. However, I don't feel like this 300+, full color edition adds much, or explores any new territory that was not already covered in the original black and white, 6-page comic. That left me feeling "three-starry" thus the four stars.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cheryl by: s.penkevich
This was a fascinating way to express the simultaneous histories and hopeful futures, all presented with the poignancy of looking at old photos with the sad knowledge of all their future yet to come. It is a conflation of nostalgic reminiscences with unknown histories, some influential and others meaningless, bound up in a sort of omniscient presentation, yet also feeling very human.
The graphic format was the perfect vehicle for this.
Just a very cool idea, to present it this way.
Francesca Forrest
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
An acquaintance recommended this, and it was on display at the library, so I took it out. I liked the idea, but felt the execution fell short of what it might have been. For the 20th and 21st century years, the images referenced period touchstones a little much for my taste. I know it's a hard balancing act--after all, how are you to recognize a scene as from a particular period if it doesn't feature styles from the period? But in reality, things linger in homes long past the years that they wer ...more
Elizabeth A
Sep 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2015
Book blurb: Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room - and its inhabitants - between the years 500,957,406,073 BC and 2033 AD.

I love books that experiment with a different way to tell a story. If you have yet to read Building Stories by Chris Ware, stop reading this review and start there. So very cool. This one is nothing like Ware's book, but is equally brilliant in weaving a story.

What's this graphic novel
This is unequivocally the best graphic novel (if that's what this is) that I've ever read. The concept is fantastic and the realization of it is so beautiful and thought provoking that it's hard to put the experience of turning the pages into words.

There is so much going on in the simple, stripped back panels and so many clever echoes and overlays that really the book stands as a testament of the power of visual communication, not only to "explain" narrative but to carry meaning and understandin
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
It's not very often then I give a graphic novel 4 stars but this one was just so unique and honestly quite genius. It really made me think, which I loved, and it was just such an interesting read. At times it was a little confusing, and you have to take your time with it but overall I felt really satisfied and I'll definitely be recommending this.
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Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. He has written and illustrated both children's books and experimental comics. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Le Monde and Libération. He has written and directed two omnibus feature films, designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and is also the founder and bass player of the post-punk band Liqui ...more
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