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Gaylord Phoenix

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  19 reviews
The Ignatz Award winner for Outstanding Graphic Novel, Gaylord Phoenix follows the danger-fraught journeys of the titular creature. Edie Fake confronts the reader with violent and unexpected manifestations of sexual connection and romantic possession as the Gaylord Phoenix searches for his lost love, his origins and his place in the world.

Paperback, 256 pages
Published 2007 by Secret Acres
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Nate D
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, comics
transplanted with paranthetical notes from my old review of the single issues:

I'm not really sure if such an open-ended designation as "series" for a pile of mini-comics really makes sense on goodreads (oh wait, it's gone anyway), but these are strange, and beautifully designed, and awesome enough that I'm going to rate them here anyway. The fifth volume has just arrived, and it's a particularly gorgeous example of extending simple two-color printing via various inventive patterning and dot grad
David Schaafsma
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
To help me understand this comic, which is culled from Fake's online mini-comic of the same name, I read at GR reviewer Kim's suggestion "Bodies, Transfigurations, and Bloodlust in Edie Fake’s Graphic Novel Gaylord Phoenix" and that helped me get some angles on the work, which would seem to be a reflection on/exploration of transgender experience. It's largely a series of events, or tableaux, not a narrative, that is idiosyncratic, tacking back and forth between science and magic, phantasmagoria ...more
Sebastian Lönnlöv
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hbtq
Den queeraste serien jag läst! Konstnärlig och kroppslig. Vindlande berättad och tecknad i en oupphörligt spännande stil.
John Porcellino
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Originally serialized in zine form, Fake's complete Gaylord Phoenix is one of those books that, as you read, you begin to realize the amazing feat that's unfolding before your eyes: You can sense the growing perfection of the thing. As the story develops, and the end approaches, you're practically cheering him on: "You can do it!" You want so bad for all the threads to come together, for all the promise of the earlier pages to be fulfilled... And you turn the page. And it succeeds. This is one o ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, english
Brian Cremins's review of the work at Journal of Medical Humanities is written well. ...more
Jon Macy
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
First of all I love the book packaging and the paper weight. It just feels so good in your hand and looks good on the shelf.
The art has a simple slightly primitive style with a lot of Jim Woodring peeking through, but it's not unsophisticated just economical and whimsical in it's doodling. There are some pages where the decorative swirls and motifs rise up and try to take over and those pages were a treat. There is a lot going on with Fake's own invented symbolism that I may not have taken in,
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not always a big fan of surreal, phantasmagorical comics, but this queer-themed graphic novel by Edie Fake did the trick. Fake's artwork reminds me of Theo Ellsworth's, only even more abstract and nonlinear (I was also reminded of Jesse Moynihan's work more than once). In the end, Fake's visuals are arrestingly original and bizarrely beautiful, and the narrative (such as it is) still managed to engage my heart as well as my senses. So lovely to see yet another dimension in the ever-burgeonin ...more
Mickey Kowaleski
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
terrific abstract art...a graphic novel that's poetry.
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Edie Fake has been slowly releasing his mini-comic Gaylord Phoenix in tantalizing bits for the past seven years. Indie comics publisher Secret Acres has finally collected all of the issues (including a previously unpublished closing chapter) and bundled them together into what amounts to a queer graphic epic.

The text is sparse, and absent are many conventions of the comic form: speech bubbles, panels, sequential storytelling. Instead, Fake has created his own visual language, utterly foreign yet
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are a big ol' dirty queer and you can get your hot little hands on this collection PLEASE DO IT AND DO IT QUICKLY. This series is the bomb[dot]com. I tried to list this as currently reading because I never ever feel like I'm finished with it. I had three of the series (out of sync) and I seriously have gone back to those issues time and time again like it's a drug. I attempted to use some of the content from Gaylord Phoenix in a graduate level course on cultural studies (with permission o ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it
picked this up at the NY Art Book Fair from the author this weekend (signed!). When this was in zine format, I found issue #2 at Unnameable Books; it's the most beautiful amazing surreal gay monster comic I've ever seen. so glad I managed to acquire it and looking forward to the time to read the whole thing...

I have read the whole thing! I still really like it but it seems somewhat poorly printed - many of the drawings fell into the middle of the book, and the binding doesn't seem to allow me to
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I have a lovely, brilliant student who lent me this very cool book that was basically incomprehensible to me. Then I have a lovely, generous friend, who sourced the academic article I read to help me understand it more (which I learned about from someone else's goodreads review). Basically, it took a village for me to read this book and I'm not at all confident that I understood it but I did enjoy it.
It's hard to describe Gaylord Phoenix, to be honest, and it's a book that I think gets appreciated more with time. But even now, it's a book that can only be experienced, and I appreciate Edie Fake's larger than life extravaganza.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A beautiful book, sunbursts of weirdness one after the next, like C.F. & Yuichi Yokoyama. Although the single issues are nice to have, the collected edition allows you to get drenched in Edie Fake's incredible world. ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-comics, queer
Boring. Ridiculous.
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer
This book is pretty important. Also, I own it, and I am hapy to lend it to you if you'd like.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
It was very odd in so many ways. But the art was amazing.
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Edie Fake is notoriously morally bankrupt and has an insatiable appetite for destruction. He lives in Chicago where he is currently working at Quimbys bookstore. In the Spring of 2006, Edie performed in the PeaceCore Book Tour across the whole country with collaborator Dewayne Slightweight. In 2007 he and Dewayne unveiled a new work called “Rainbow Dawn” at Art In General in New York. He draws the ...more

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