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Three Fingers

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  222 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Through a series of never-before-seen interviews and rare photos, documentary-maker Rich Koslowski reveals the horrifying true story behind the Cartoon industry and our most celebrated cartoon actors - the story that Hollywood doesn't want you to see.. Told in the style of a Ken Burns documentary, with interviews of 'toon stars today as well as historical "file footage" of ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Top Shelf Productions (first published 2002)
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Sam Quixote
May 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
Rich Koslowski’s Three Fingers is an alternate history of movie toons – characters like Mickey Mouse, Porky Pig, etc. all with their names changed of course – from the Golden Age of Hollywood presented as a documentary/talking heads-style comic. And it suuuuuuuuuuuuucks!

This is the book: familiar toon character – say, Foghorn Leghorn or Bugs Bunny – looks very aged and is usually hooked up to an iron lung or has a handler nearby because they’re so frail. They talk about how shitty the movie busi
Darren Cormier
Jan 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Perfect send-up of both the formulaic documentary-style structure of "True Hollywood Stories" type shows and the family-oriented image of Walt Disney. The manufactured conspiracies and drama of these shows is unveiled through its use of "eyewitness photographs", usually nothing more than a a blurry image with a vague reflection of the subject they are trying to cover.
I can't imagine this book would have been published in the 80s, when the Disney monolith was at is family-image zenith, and they
Matt Eldridge
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
A darkly humored alternate-history mockumentary dramedy of the "golden age" of Hollywood and its cartoon stars, this was a really good read.

The closet thing the book has to a main character would be Rickey Rat and Dizzy Walters due to having the most impact on the events of the book. Rickey is the most sympathetic character for what the book holds in its later pages.

The conspiracy, described in the book as Walter's rival studios, was to "replicate" the lightning-in-the-bottle success of Rickey
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ciara by: Matt Hartzell
If you're fairly new to the world of graphic novels, and your knowledge of comics begins and ends with Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man; then Three Fingers will surprise and delight you.

If, on the other hand, you're an avid comic book reader, and you know that graphic novels can span a broad range of subject matter and artistic styles... Three Fingers will likely still surprise and delight you.

Rich Koslowski brings his considerable skill as an artist and writer to this quirky tale of 'Toon-dom
Jan 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
As I have said before, I'm not one to do graphic novels here mainly because it feels like cheating. I can put one of those away in an afternoon, so it's a good way of padding the list. For that reason, I'll only mention them here if they're something I really think y'all should read.

This is definitely one that you should all read.

We all grew up watching cartoons - Mickey, Donald, Bugs and all them - and we all loved them. Some cartoons made it big, and some did not. But they all had one thing in
Aaron Ishmael
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes satire of Famous Toons
Shelves: graphic-novels
The cover and overall plotline hooked me... "Did you ever wonder why cartoon stars only had 3 fingers?"
Definitely enjoyed Rich Koslowski's dark & twisted 'Hollywood Story to Success' parody. Pretty cool. Many people would get the Toons he's bringing the life, but carefully not infringing on copyrighted 'Ricky Rat', 'Buggy Bunny', 'Dapper Duck'. Especially like how we intertwined the story with actual historical events / coverups like JFK, Martin Luther King Jr, Marilyn Monroe
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This comic book makes you wonder why and if all cartoon characters you love have three fingers?
Written and drawn as a documentary this comic book introduces something new to the genre. This specific way of telling a story as short interviews, fragments of newspaper articles and 'real' pictures makes it really interesting and gives it a feel of a story based on true events.
It is a parody of animation and cartoon industry - even though all the names and titles are changed you can easily guess whic
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
One of the weirdest books I've ever read, and I've read The Sugar Frosted Nutsack. Definitely worth reading. It's the best graphic novel mockumentary send-up of a Who Framed Roger Rabbit-style parallel universe Hollywood history/Disney Warner Bros. spoof/Cronenberg-style body horror novel I've ever read.
Dave Riley
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Great idea of course: what's behind the three fingers of animated cartoon characters? The story is bent to a historical chronology and mirrors the work of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. But ultimately, it's all a bit shallow, although the delivery -- the layout, format, pitch -- is superb. It was one helluva surprize when the book ended... It ran out of puff and just stopped.

So I'm disappointed.

George Marshall
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
The central premise - that the characters in cartoon films are real (and exist in our own world in an oppressed underclass called 'Toons') is so clearly derived from "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" that I find it hard to credit Koslowski for the three fingered theme which is genuinely original. It's a shame because it is beautifully drawn and could be a great comic. Oh well...
Amal El-Mohtar
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Amazingly well done. I kind of wish the text boxes hadn't overlapped with the images as much as they did -- it seemed like a deliberate stylistic choice I couldn't figure out a reason for -- but elsewise it was just brilliant. Such intelligent slow-creeping horror spun out of childhood cartoons.

Christian Lipski
Oct 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A 'real' documentary of the rise of movies starring 'Toons'. Rickey Rat goes from being a piano player in the Toon part of town to a famous movie star, but dark rumors haunt him and the Dizzy Walters studio. It's well done, and really affecting.
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
It takes a particularly perverse writer to do a graphic novel documentary about the dark side of old cartoon characters. It has a nice, creepy feel and I really enjoyed it. But I don't think I would recommend it to many people.
Keith Davis
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this funny and smart graphic novel. Koslowski's takes on the aging Warner Bros characters are excellent, particularly Bugs and Foghorn Leghorn. Finally we understand why all cartoon characters have only three fingers on each hand.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A darkly humorous send-up 'documentary' of Disney's cartoon universe. Very well written. It is sad to see our beloved characters in such a sad alternate universe!
Wes Young
Mar 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Disney/Warner Bros. lore in a psuedo-history of what might have been. Think 'Roger Rabbit' meets 'Marvels'. It's more interesting than it is entertaining.
Aug 10, 2011 added it
Shelves: comic
Quick, dark, dirty and fun. A look at the history of cartoons in a new and twisted light.
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
wonderful read.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
this is like a Hollywood behind-the-scenes. it's very screwed up but great
Christine Pietz
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The backstory was a little laborious, but great concept.
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
the perfect graphic novel. each word matters, each drawing is essential. each time i reread it there is something new.
Josh Newhouse
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 16aug
Creepy and weird but at times oddly captivating... Worth a borrow if you are interested in something different...
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
A wonderfully imaginative look at the (imaginary) seedy side of beloved characters. Dark and engrossing.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
A very quick read. Nice enough, but too simple to be anything other than a mild diversion.
Matt Hartzell
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: ogn-indie
I thoroughly enjoyed this. My wife pretty much hit the nail on the head:
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really interesting sort of alternate story of Disney and Mickey Mouse. Really liked it. Wanted it to go on longer.
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