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Be a Nose!

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Art Spiegelman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus, creator of Wacky Packs and the Garbage Pail Kids, and father of the modern graphic novel (though he’s still demanding a blood test), presents this warts-and-all reproduction of his private sketchbooks — and the results are as candid, sharp, and funny as the relentlessly innovative man behind them. Be a Nose! is a r ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 28th 2009 by McSweeney's (first published January 1st 2009)
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Fugo Feedback
Jan 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Completistas del autor
Recommended to Fugo by: Curiosidad
¡Sé una nariz! ¡Sé una nariz! ¡Sé una nariz!
Jeh... Cuántas veces habré estado yo mismo gritando esta frase o su equivalente con cualquier otra parte de la anatomía humana. Be a Nose! es un divertido paseo por los cuadernos de bocetos de Spiegelman y sus inconstancias creativas, que a veces son más inconstantes que creativas.
Dani Shuping
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Art Spiegelman, the creator of Maus: A Survivor's Taleand of many iconic images--including the 9/11 cover for "The New Yorker", opens up his sketches and inner most thoughts to the world in this small collection of his sketchbooks. Which provides some interesting images into how Art views the world and the notes that he took about what goes on around him. really doesn't have any cohesion to the volumes (I work at an academic library and there are actually four volumes to our books all d ...more
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Be A Nose" are three of Art Spiegelman's sketchbooks dated from different points in his artistic career. They provide an entertaining and fascinating glimpse into his artistic process, the formation of some of his most well-known characters as well a startling convergence of his daily life with the study his father's holocaust experience.
The most exciting part of this tiny series for me was seeing that he too was intimidated by the empty sketchbook. Even the great Art Spiegelman drew crappy sk
Kaylah Hassard
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-1-12
This graphic novel is interesting because its more of a sequence of beginning sketches on what Spiegelman used in his later books, or never got around to. It's interesting to note the process that each picture has and the story it tells. Some don't have many words at all, but convey an idea or meaning that will carry into another couple pages and then a new idea starts. To try to summarize it all wouldn't really make much sense, but my favorite story in there was about a man who kept see
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zeer mooie uitgave: drie boekjes van verschillend formaat in verschillende bindwijzes én een verhelderende bijlage samengehouden door een breed elastiek.

De boekjes geven je het gevoel dat je in echte schetsboekjes bladert en ze bevatten een eerlijke en verhelderende blik in de notities van aan man die eigenlijk niet graag notities bijhoudt...

"Be" is een schetsboekje uit 1979, "A" een boekje uit 2007 en "Nose" uit 1983. Samen vormen ze een mooie evolutie en een overzicht van de thema's van Spieg
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to get a time-traveling peek into three of Art Spiegelman's sketchbooks, especially since he says that he isn't someone who usually works using a sketchbook. Many of the images, figures, and ideas stay steady over time, but the methods and perspectives shift. The third volume was the most surprising--partially in the work and partially in the way that the sketchbook was reproduced. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In three sketchbooks from 1979, 2005, and 1983, respectively, Art Spiegelman opens up his creative process to the reader in a fun, surprising, and inspiring work. Watching an artist play with an idea, teasing it out into something workable just to have put something on the damn page for the day is outstanding to see. I devoured these in three days and will come back to them again and again for a creative recharge. Plus, McSweeney's packaging of the piece as three separate sketchbooks is damned n ...more
Stephen Theaker
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Contains three sketchbooks, from 1979, 1983 and 2007 (the one that was in McSweeney's 27). I flicked through it all with mild interest, but my wife was enraptured by each page. For Spiegelman fans and artists keen to learn about his process this is probably essential, but everyone else should just flick through it in the shop.

Rather upset that this sees the end of my membership of the McSweeney's Book Club, and I can't afford to renew. Fingers crossed for an economic upturn!
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully packaged and presented book(s). The liner notes are great! This gives you a glimpse into the work style and personality of Spiegelman though these traits weren't really a secret. The only criticism is that there isn't more content. Spiegelman's own sense that there might not be enough material to justify publication may have been accurate but what was here was neat.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and inspiring glimpse into Spiegelman's creative process, from three of his sketchbooks.
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Speigelman is a genius, and this little collection - reproductions of three of his journals - reinforces the good and pad aspects of bearing genius in our world.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Art Spiegelman me cae bien. No es del club de los guapos, como Dave McKean o Charles Burns, sino de los simpáticos. Tres bitácoras de tres años diferentes que revelan otros tantos momentos de vida.
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Art Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.
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