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I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections

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This anthology of comics inspired by real-life missed connection ads posted on Craigslist and in local papers around the country will tug at your heartstrings and make you think. Lonely hearts, romantics, and even cynics pore over missed connection ads in search of love, to gawk and giggle, or out of curiosity. These posted stranger sightings and chance encounters lay bare ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Three Rivers Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alex Telander
Feb 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I SAW YOU . . . EDITED BY JULIA WERTZ: The next time you pay a visit to Craigslist (and I’m sure you check it every day now for the job postings), look under the “Personals” column and you’ll see a option titled “Missed Connections.” It’s where men and women seeking women or men recount a recent chance meeting with someone who captured their heart in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it was a short but sweet conversation over the purchase of a latte; or gazing into one another’s eyes on the train to ...more
Stacy Fetters
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Admit it.... home alone with nothing to do with unlimited internet. You hop on craigslist for a quick laugh and a few hours later you're worried about the human race. You may even feel discomfort.
The missed connections page is always great for a laugh or even a shutter. This compilation has the best of both worlds and alittle more.
Some of these are just plain weird and she could of found funnier ones. Still a good group of awkwardness.
Susan
Mar 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've always been intrigued by the little soap operas-in-miniature that are encapsulated in missed connections ads, and this book will help feed that morbid curiosity of anyone who has read those sections and found themselves mentally embroidering upon the fragmented recaps of transitory connections. The artists in this collection seize upon all of the inherent humor, pathos, and let's face it--occasional skeeziness--of the ads in exactly the same way the average reader would, so as satisfying as ...more
Beth
Mar 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Inspired by "missed connections" ads on Craigslist, this collection of comics is proof that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. A talented bunch of independent artists take verbatim entries and embellish. One or two are autobiographical and focus more on the assignment, rather than inventing a graphical story. In most cases, pictures compliment the stories well; there is a lot of repetition of theme, and some are more clever than others; "Trading Smiles" in which the cartoonist imagines tw ...more
David Schaafsma
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I have never once written a "missed connections" ad, nor even a M4W ad of any kind... but you know, sometimes I read them in The Reader or places like that... whole stories there, waiting to be told or experienced, some hopeful, some sad... This comics collection gets at a wide range of stuff and is hard to put down... pretty fascinating view of human nature... of shyness and hesitation as one fundamental basis for missing connections...
Gary Lee
Too long and uneven to really be great; too short to be overbloated and awful.
This one had some great pieces scattered throughout, but most were mediocre at best.
Unless you want to help support indie comics published through a mainstream house, or you're a fan of more than five contributors found within, you can probably skip this one.
Karen
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of cartoons and graphic short stories based on real life ads found in Craiglist's missed connections section. I had no idea this existed, so that was surprise number one. Surprise number two was that such ads could inspire these comics and cartoon artists to create such amazing work. I loved immersing myself in their interpretations of what hides behind a missed connection ad, of what the person really meant, or what the encounter could have been like.
I loved what Julia Wertz,
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Chibineko
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, anthology, cute
I ended up buying this book after having read most of Wertz' other work. I knew that this book was compiling work from several authors, so I knew that the artwork & storytelling abilities would differ from person to person. For the most part this is actually a pretty good book.

The listings in this are pulled from craigslist as well as other venues, but seems to be predominantly craigslist. The stories run from funny to sad to downright tragic. We see possible reactions to these listings runn
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Raina
Fun little collection of comic artists riffing on real-life personal ads. They vary in length from a page to several, some are anecdotes of the creators actual experiences relating to personals, some use the sequential art medium to give the text a whole new (generally creepy) meaning. It was fun to see the variety of approaches and illustration styles (Wertz includes artists from both the published GN community and the zine community, which is very very cool), although I did see a prevailing th ...more
Printable Tire
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Fun read. I especially appreciated the artists who took the time not to depict the usual fat redneck salivating over hot girl angle.

I want to do a comic of a craiglist mc I saw one time that started like this:

"Glasses, Hoodie, Skinny Jeans on Bike - w4m
I see you around school and at shows all the time, and I just had to get it off my chest: I think you're incredibly sexy. I love your tight jeans and dark eyes. You're always really funny, and I can't tell if you're flirting or just being nice."

T
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Joshua
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well. It only took an hour to read. Ultimately, it was a pretty sad book. But I suppose you expect that from a book about people searching for love no? A lot of the 'missed connections' were rather sweet in and of themselves, and you could tell when the artist had chosen a rather creepy one for the shock value alone. I did enjoy the ones taken completely out of context though. All in all, I suppose it actually made me feel a little better for the dozens of stupid little crushes I develop about p ...more
Jai Hamid
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I remember I first saw this collection of comics in the same bookstore that Ginsberg first performed and rattled from the jowls of the Earth "Howl." I found it quirky. I didn't get to finish reading it due to my hosts itching to get me to something (in their minds) more culturally profound. I ended up spending an hour at the pier eating stale and salt crusted calm chowder in a greasy sourdough ball. I again picked it up a few days ago with the same odd feeling of connection and attraction and am ...more
Katie
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Well put together collection of an interesting theme.
eva
Mar 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, non-fiction
would've given it five stars if wertz had curated & edited it just a little more heartlessly...but still a fun, quick read, and more variety than i expected.
dejah_thoris
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love these comics! I'm almost tempted to steal the idea but the pacing is AMAZING and I probably wouldn't be able to do as good of a job as these artists.

My favorites include: the library worker, the lonely guy wearing someone's grandmother's cremains, the stripper, the artist/author at a comicon, the shy, fat guy at another comicon, and the guy poking a girl in the bum on the subway. There's lots more to love, but those are the ones I remember most.
Elise Finlinson
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really cool anthology about Craigslist missed connections. It was super cool to see different people's takes on the quirky nature of these messages. Fun, quick, comic.
Rhlibrary
May 14, 2009 added it
Shelves: dave-s-picks
This book combines two of my favorite modern-day phenomena: graphic art and Missed Connections.

If you’re unaware of Missed Connections, you should visit Craigslist.com immediately and click on the link for it. Missed Connections is a place online where people can post little love notes (or maybe “would-be-love” notes) about how they saw someone they were romantically interested in around town and neglected to say something. The posts can range from cute to creepy to wildly inappropriate, but, ei
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Matti Karjalainen
Julia Wertzin toimittama "I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-life Missed Connections" (Three Rivers Press, 2009) sisältää pieniä sarjakuvatarinoita, joiden aiheena ovat Missed Connections -palstoille jättämät ilmoitukset, joissa haikaillaan kahvilassa nähdyn ihmisen perään ja uskotaan lyhyen katsekontaktin sisältävän myös lupauksen ikuisesta rakkaudesta. Sarjakuva-antologian konsepti on siis sama kuin tamperelaisessa Sarjarissa, ja odotukset olivat korkealla, olihan perusidea hyvä ja tekijäkaari ...more
Vicky
Sep 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Vicky by: thanks brandon <3 (and barbara lol <3)
This book combines two things I really like—comics and missed connections—and I like select stories in here, though the collection overall feels "off"/"weak". I would be very interested if this book were ALL w4w stories, but that won't happen, so at least more from the m4w (I think there was like, one?) and the w4w (again, like one) and the other sections. The organization/layout could be revised, too, like to sort it by w4m, m4w, etc & like, each contributor has their name all over the plac ...more
Phayvanh
Jul 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: voyers and gift buyers
Recommended to Phayvanh by: DB
Shelves: reviews, comix, 2009
This slim, but packed book benefits from a great premise--Missed Connections ads. We who read those ads are half-desparate lonley hearts and closeted voyeurs. These ads explored and reimagined in a stylistically diverse collection from very talented artists and writers (some of whom I know!). Includes the likes of Peter Bagge, Jeffrey Brown, Daniel Barlow, Jesse Reklaw, Megan Baehr, Ken Dahl,Linda Park, etc.

Thanks to editor Julia Wertz, the book is elevated from the random selection of ads as p
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Joshua
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
I must admit that I've never read the Craiglist "missed connections" postings before reading this graphic novel. Almost everyone I ask about the listings have read them and continue to read them finding great joy in the listings, like little writings on a club's bulletin board- an almost peepshow into modern life, a more desperate Match.com. Having never read the postings before, I was amused an taken aback by the sincerity and out right creepiness of the postings turned visual art found within ...more
Anna
Feb 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Found out about this comic through Shaenon Garrity, who drew one of the comics for this collection. When it comes to (indie) comics, I generally enjoy these anthology-type of works. I'm still not fully familiar with all of the big 'names' so by reading anthologies, I get a sampling of the artists whose works I like and who I may eventually look up and follow when I get the time.

The book's premise is actually cute. I know I've browsed through the missed connections section of Craigslist, and made
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Amber Brownlow
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I Saw you is a book of comics that are based on real-life missed connections.

I'm pretty sure this is my first 1 star rating on Goodreads. Usually if I don't like a book, I decide to not finish it part way through, and then don't rate them, but since this one was so small and such a quick read I ended up actually finishing this one.

I picked this book up on a whim from the library. I'd never even heard of it before but thought it would be a good, entertaining read so I picked it up. My thoughts af
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Lindz
Don't let her comic name, "Fart Party," turn you away. Julia Wertz has a fresh, sarcastic sense of humor that is occasionally more sophisticated than farts. I have no idea how I found her webcomic, but I did and raced through her archives, most likely while procrastinating on a school project. In "I Saw You..." she compiles artwork by her friends in the comics business. Each comic is based on a "Missed Connections" posting on Craigslist. The resulting art is funny, sad, surreal, and fascinating. ...more
Mosi Mosi
Nov 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is pretty much the type of stories that I like. Simple, human, emotional, sometimes weird, but overall, honest.
Some of them, the cutest ones, putt a smile on my face, made me feel happy and hopefull :) I'm a romantic girl, I like to see other people in love. Makes me think about all the good things in this world.
I thinks this is such a cool project, a nice way to gather up so many different artists and cartoonists and new tallents, people I never heard about, and I really like to see so man
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Joseph
Feb 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I love Missed Connections, and the idea for this book is genius. It helps that so many of the artists featured in the book seem to really get what makes Missed Connections so interesting: that they exist at the nexus of romantic and pathetic and creepy and desperate and sweet. Actually, I think they emphasize the creepy a little too much.

The best of these comics stick closely to their source material, which seems strange, when you consider how poorly written the average Missed Connection actuall
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Jay
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Illustrating Missed Connections is a dangerous concept that might have produced cookie-cutter strips, but I was genuinely pleased with the playful outcome of I Saw You. The cartoonists of the book have a wide array of MC interpretations (autobiographic judgments, literal re-enactments, fantasy scenarios) and the flow really works. I wasn't familiar with most of the artists, so I Saw You is a great source for discovering new talent. The artists that stood out the most were: Corinne Mucha, Matthew ...more
Claire
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
She's single and looking for love in all the wrong places. And there love is, right in front of her - that dude with the headphones nodding off on the subway! HE'S YOUR ONE TRUE LOVE DONT LET HIM GO NOOOOOOO HE WOKE UP AND IT'S HIS STOP NOOOOO HE COULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE AHHHHHHH!!!!

When I was single I would have really liked this compilation of missed connections-y fantasy, but now I just feel tired thinking about how I used to concoct these dumb romantic stories for myself that never came to f
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Nine
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics and stalkers
I think I maybe lent this to Gareth K Vile, or maybe it's just somewhere under the pile of clutter that passes for my desk, so I can't pick out my favourite bits for this review and already August feels like a distant memory (what did I do in August?). But I knew I'd love this, because a) I love the general concept of I Saw You ads, Missed Connections, and such, and b) it's an anthology, so any bits I wasn't into (of which there were few) didn't take up the whole book.

I do not draw comics, but t
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HeavyReader
I have long been fascinated with missed connections personal ads, so I was pretty excited when I heard about this book. A bunch of artists did "comics inspired by real-life missed connections." Like all comics anthologies, I didn't like all the art, but at least all of the stories were weird and/or engaging.

My favorites: "I Just Had to Tell You" by Corinne Mucha, "May 20, 1987" by Dan Archer, " You Had Sideburns and a Mullet..." by Shaenon K. Garrity, "I Was Not This Guy" by Isaac Cates and Mik
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Julia Wertz is a professional cartoonist and amateur historian. She made the comic books The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2, and the graphic novels Drinking at the Movies, and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories, both of which were nominated for Eisner Awards. Her latest book is Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection. She currently does a monthly comic installment about NYC history for the New ...more
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