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3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  768 ratings  ·  101 reviews
What would it be like to stand head and shoulders above everyone else — and to keep growing? Unable to interact with a fragile world that isn't built to withstand your size? To live in a house that doesn't fit you anymore — with a wife who doesn't either?

Craig Pressgang's life is well documented in his official CIA biography, Giant Man: Pillar of America, but t
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Dark Horse Originals (first published September 13th 2005)
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Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Here lies the problem...

Kindt is undoubtedly a good story teller, but at some point during all his stories there comes a point in the story, a really small point but important nonetheless, that makes me go...'eh? what?...err, but when did that happen, I don't get it?'

That happened in 3 Story. It's split into 3 stories. One from his mother's point of view, one from his wife's point of view and one from his daugthers pov. During the wife story, story 2, they're so in love, but he's getting bigger
Seth T.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man by Matt Kindt

As an author, there are a couple of ways to approach a sci-fi concept. One can take the idea and simply run with it, expecting readers to give in to the demands of suspendable disbelief. Alternatively, an author can exert a lot of effort to couch his concept in plausibilities, striving to explain things in scientific terms (or at least in terms that could be scientific). Each method has its fans, but generally in the last few decades anecdotal evidence leads me to think that all but the lowest c
Dave Schaafsma
Look to Seth Hahne's review for an excellent and thorough treatment of this terrific novel, one of my fave's of the year, right on the heels of one of my other favorites, Kindt's Red Handed. This has a similar feel, the purposely (?) sketchy art, the postmodern reflection on the strengths and limitations of narrative, the story told from multiple perspectives, the lovely, muted watercolor washes, but this one feels more intimate to me than Red Handed. It's the story of a giant who never stops gr ...more
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
A better title would be The Curious Case for Depression. Although written in the vein of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” its potentiality and whimsy is negated by downright morbidity, characters little more than archetypes in a morality play, like Loneliness and Regret. Clearly Kindt never read the far funnier, balanced, and interesting Gulliver’s Travels.
George Marshall
Jun 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kindt just keeps getting better. He shows a deep understanding of character. The writing is accomplished . The concept is simple but nicely explored. But in a comic I also want to see something that could not work in any other medium and this too delivers: the artwork explores the themes of scale and depth, taking the nice idea that The Giant Man's wife makes miniatures to compose pages of rooms within rooms- exemplified by the superb cover. Kindt is not for everyone and his art has a sketchines ...more
Charles Hatfield
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it
The premise of 3 Story is that of The Incredible Shrinking Man in reverse: the protagonist is a giant who cannot stop growing, and whose superhuman size both alienates him from human contact and, paradoxically, renders him physically vulnerable. But there are big differences between the two stories. Whereas The Incredible Shrinking Man, though also dealing with loneliness and alienation, celebrates its tiny hero's ingenuity and will to survive, 3 Story centers on a bemused and passive protag ...more
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Calvin and Hobbes - Calvin as big as the universe

Our public library has an adult summer reading program. I mean, I don't know how they pull it off. We always had one for kids growing up - and our public library does that, too. BUT, they've got one for adults. With great prizes. Gift certificates to local favorite restaurants, bakeries, the book store... Seriously, it's great. (I wrote that part to make you jealous. I hope it worked.)

They've got three boxes: fiction, non-fiction, pick-of-the-week.

This week is graphic novel week. So, I pulled a
Maria Kramer
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a strange little book. A brief look into the life of a man who never stopped growing, as told by his mother, wife and daughter. Maybe it's a metaphor for how people grow apart? Maybe it's just a weird story about a giant man and how his condition eventually means he can't live in this world anymore. Very unique. I loved it! ...more
Tony Laplume
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The clearest recommendation I could make concerning 3 Story is that Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Cast Away) need to make this a movie. It would be a perfect project for them.

Matt Kindt is one of the best creators in comics at the moment, and that's not up for debate. He's the rare creator who actually manages to blend the superhero realm (the stuff fans like) and the graphic novel realm (the stuff critics like). He can do anything. Most importantly, he's a born storyteller.

Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-fiction
This is a depressing story that shouldn't be read before bed. It keeps building up to a tragic end and it's obvious at every point that it can't be a happy one. The difficulties of growing so big have basis in science, something I personally enjoyed. The main character's size makes his body very fragile and all human interaction strained or even impossible, making him feel alone even when surrounded by people.

Craig is a boy who has grown way beyond normal human height. This starts to cause issue
Rick Brose
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sad and moving story centered around a man who never stops growing, told in the perspective of three important women in his life. The artwork is loose, but beautiful. The pace is slow, but it fits the tragedy of the story. The writing is clever and morose. A solid graphic novel all around.
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
As a 6’5″ woman, I am drawn to stories about the incredibly tall, or Giants as they are called. It’s the same thing that drew me to Beverly Cleary’s Beezus when I was a child, the ability to find comfort in a fictional kindred spirit when one cannot be found in your actual life.

It’s why The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken is in the top five of my all-time favorite novels. It’s why I picked up Matt Kindt’s excellent graphic novel 3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man even though I cou
Roman Stadtler
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The life story of a man who grows at an unnatural rate, taking him beyond normal human existence, told from the viewpoint of the three most important women in his life. This is well-told, touching and surprising in the ways the characters cope (and don't cope) with his condition, and truthful about the hardships the main character and his wife face.
The book is also subtly creative graphically, such as tails of word balloons leading, not to typical word balloons, but entire panels that are picto
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
One of Kindt's more accessible works, I feel.

Three stories from the perspectives of three figures in the fictional Giant Man's life.

In this case of humans-of-unusual-size, the Giant Man continues to grow until he can no longer relate to anyone - metaphoric, perhaps?

Surreal, detached, with Kindt's usual mastery of the medium.
Read with Giants Beware! and The Giant and How He Humbugged America.
Jun 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
I'm not totally sure what it was about this comic book that rubbed me the wrong way, but I had a really hard time getting into it. It's just one of those books where it feels like the writer thinks they're a lot deeper than they actually are. He tells the story in a unique way and it's an interesting concept to explore, one that's on a magical realist par with Aimee Bender, one of my favorite short story writers, but it just never quite gets out of its own way enough to resonate and make you fee ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kindt is a master at weaving stories together to form a complex and cohesive whole. I'm currently halfway through superspy, another excellent example. 3 Story tackles a completely different subject than superspy but with similar themes of tragedy and melancholy. True human connection is only temporary, and Kindt illustrates this belief with unusual stories that isolate and underscore the principle because of how far removed they are from everyday life. We are all alone, and yet we are never alon ...more
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Another fantastic and moving story by Matt Kindt. Three short stories telling of the family and friends of a giant man, the hardships they (and he) had to endure in loving and living with him. It really reminded me of The Time Traveler's Wife in many ways. ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Pretty depressing book, but a very creative and original approach to the topic. I would have liked this to be about twice as long and more fully-developed, but it's not bad as is. ...more
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-gn
This was so, so sad. I don't really know what else to say. Poor Craig. Poor Jo. ...more
Hannah Garden
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Och Matt Kindt my heart. Who does woe so well as he!? Basically no one except Jeff Lemire who also och my heart.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Kindt always has such a distinct tone to his drawing/writing that feels sad and wanting of something lost or forgotten. This book has a really interesting structure of jumping between perspectives of those interacting with the title character. There is a lot in this book that left me thinking about Jeff Lemire's Essex County series. 4.25 ...more
Ryan Miller
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting concept told from multiple perspectives. It's difficult to relate to a man who continues to unceasingly grow, which may be why Kindt told the story from other perspectives instead of from Craig's. This book is full of melancholy and mourning--could it be any other way? ...more
Caitlin Vaille
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the art style of this graphic novel!! The watercolor, soft images were the perfect accompaniment for such an odd story. I really like the magical realism aspect of the unexplained phenomenon of Craig's continual growth. ...more
Krystl Louwagie
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This was interesting, but mainly just melancholy and sad. It's very effective but doesn't make you feel very good... ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just didn't grab me. We're supposed to sympathise with him, but he hardly talks about himself. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m, fiction, comics
This book is really beautiful. I love the world it builds and how fully that world is populated through snapshots and minor details. It’s sad but lovely.
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
strange, sad, some odd turns that don't make sense ...more
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Personally, I have loved every book I've read of Matt's. However, this was the first I was able to share with my girlfriend and have her enjoy it on the same level I did. A fantastic read with some emotional twists. ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Kindt tells the story of Craig Pressgang, the man who never stopped growing. More specifically, he tells Pressgang's story through the eyes of three women: his mother, his wife, and his daughter. The daughter's story is almost a coda, but her search for Craig is rather touching, as she tries to consider things from his ever-increasing perspective. The wife's story takes up the brunt of the book, and in a way, it deals with the same question the daughter does: how do you relate to someone whose e ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
What an incredible use of the comics medium. Kindt tells the story of a man who never stops growing. "3 Story" refers not only the main character's height, but also the fact that three POV's are represented through 3 different stories: his mother, his wife, and his daughter. While the narratives are mainly separate, you do see threads from one story intertwine with the others and these intersections are often the most interesting as they will often understand what was happening in a much differe ...more
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