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Jar of Fools, Part Two (Jar of Fools #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,402 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Ernie is an alcoholic stage magician haunted by lost love and his brother’s suicide, and he’s hooked up with his senile mentor in one last effort to sort his life out. But Ernie needs to keep Flosso the Magnificent with him in the present and by his side to guide Ernie through these difficult days. These two magicians have run out of escape tricks but they can’t stop runni
Paperback, 70 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by Black Eye Productions (first published 1994)
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Let me tell you a story about when I read this. I was in my last year of undergraduate college, and a book club of comic book reading graduate students adopted me into their circle. Once a month we would meet at a local pizza place and discuss whatever series we decided to focus on next. This was right before the term 'graphic novel' had really made its stand in the literary world, and the idea that we were gathering to seriously discuss comics seemed so insane at the time. Our 'chair' chose our ...more
Tom Ewing
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The debut work by a young graphic novelist is always likely to be in hock to its inspirations. What makes 1994's Jar of Fools unusual - though also very of its time - is that those inspirations seem primarily literary and cinematic to me: other reviewers mention Raymond Carver, but this story of a broken-hearted magician also reads like the kind of indie film that might have been the toast of festivals in the early 90s. By contrast there's not much to obviously indicate Jason Lutes was reading m ...more
Dan Grible
I wanted to like this graphic novel, really, I did. I very much enjoyed the art work and the premise seemed at least somewhat engaging; the intertwining stories of average people dealing with the very real existentialist conundrums that face all of us no matter what walks of life we take. But alas, the junction of these existentialist struggles of, the alcoholic ex-magician who just can't seem to do anything right in life while bemoaning the absurd and unexpected death of his older brother years ...more
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sequential-art
So sieht eine perfekte Graphic Novel für mich aus!
Schon der Untertitel verrät einiges: "A Picture Story" - und so erzählt Jason Lutes die Geschichte auch: unaufgeregt, unpathetisch, unpretentiös... es ließen sich wohl noch so einige Adjektive auf "un" finden. Ein Comic, das wie ein Indi-Film wirkt.

Ernie Weiss ist Magier, aber seine erfolgreiche Zeit liegt hinter ihm. Seit dem Tod seines Bruders und der Trennung von seiner Freundin hat er das Trinken angefangen und vegetiert mehr dahin, als dass
Joe Kraus
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the great things about reading graphic novels these days is that, mature as the genre is becoming, we can still see its origins. If you’re my age – ahem, comfortably middle-aged – you remember when Maus (and maybe even Contract with God) came out. With few exceptions, the founding examples of the form are still around, still almost current.

I can’t say I’d heard of this one before I found a nice two-volume edition for sale at my local comic book store (shout out to Comics on the Green in S
Several characters who are varying degrees of loser or outsider--old man with alzheimers living in a retirement home, his magician protege who is down on his luck, a grifter and his daughter, etc--come together, live under a bridge for a while and have a few experiences of varyingly melodramatic degree, young magician's abortive suicide attempt being the most melodramatic. There's some nice cartooning and very good, clear character delineation, but the story just didn't grab me. Nice cartooning, ...more
In this jaded mass media age it's hard to be a viable magician with a modest repertoire of card tricks and pigeons pulled from top hats when David Copperfield or David Blaine can make the Eiffel Tower disappear. Likewise, it's hard to make ends meet as an old-fashioned con-man in an era of anonymous electronic hacking, where the perpetrator need not lay a hand at all on the cash or practice the art of dazzling a real-person victim with diversion.

That's the sad plight of the down-and-out adult ma
Glen Engel-Cox
The artistic influences of Jason Lutes' "picture novel," Jar of Fools, are fairly easy to spot. The drawing style is European, with the clean lines of Herge of Tintin fame, while the storyline is contemporary Americana of such short story writers as Raymond Carver. But Lutes is good enough, and his story strong enough, that it transcends being merely a reflection of his study, and the combination of the disparete pair make this graphic novel something unusual among the others on the shelf.

The st
A rain-soaked tale of an alcoholic, nearly homeless, brother-haunted, lovelorn magician; his mentor, a fugitive from the retirement home; a confidence man and his young daughter; and the troubled source of the magician's lovelorn-ness; and, of course, the ways they all come together and pull each other back up. Both beautifully drawn and skillfully constructed, as the best graphic novel should be.

My biggest problem with it was that the ending is slightly corny, but that didn't detract too much f
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