X'Ed Out - Charles Burns

From Charles Burns, one of the most important graphic novel artists working today, X’ED OUT (Pantheon, $19.95) is a masterpiece. The first in a projected series, it opens with a young man waking up in a dream and not knowing where he is. Details are familiar, but he can’t place them. His new world is strange and terrifying. He narrates flashbacks to his waking life, where he follows a young female photographer with an abusive boyfriend. Burns is excellent at creating an atmosphere of violence and ugliness which at the same time seems utterly familiar (like a dream). He tells the story of our time without pulling punches but with an artistry one might not recognize.

X'ed Out (Pantheon Graphic Library) By Charles Burns Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307379139
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Published: Pantheon - October 19th, 2010

Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau - Brian Walker & 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective - G. B. Trudeau

When Brian Walker first interviewed Garry Trudeau in 1973, it was for an article on the new comix for the alternative weekly, Silver Lining. While Trudeau denied being a spokesman for the counterculture, it became a label that he had difficulty shaking. Walker later curated the first exhibition of Trudeau’s work. DOONESBURY AND THE ART OF G.B. TRUDEAU (Yale Univ., $49.95) explores the evolution of the artist from his prep-school drawing to Bull Notes, the predecessor of Doonesbury, and the impact the series has had on pop culture, from the Broadway musical to ties and Starbucks mugs. Walker also introduces the collaborators Trudeau has worked with over the years. There are plenty of strips here as well, from those early days to the present. It’s a lovely companion to 40: A DOONESBURY RETROSPECTIVE (Andrews McMeel, $100), which contains 1,800 strips Trudeau selected as representative of the 40 years since Gonzo, Mike, J.J. B.D., and the huge cast of characters first appeared in papers nationwide. He also provides bios of these iconic characters—all contained in a beautiful slip-cased box.

Doonesbury and the Art of G.B. Trudeau By Brian Walker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300154276
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Published: Yale University Press - November 2nd, 2010

40: A Doonesbury Retrospective By G. B. Trudeau Cover Image
ISBN: 9780740797354
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 26th, 2010

Cul de Sac Golden Treasury: A Keepsake Garland of Classics - Richard Thompson

Enter the delightful world of CUL DE SAC: Golden Treasury (Andrews McMeel, $16.99), Richard Thompson’s acclaimed comic strip of domestic life as seen through the eyes of the preschooler Alice Otterloop. Alice, her brother Petey, and a handful of friends let their overactive imaginations turn everything from Alice’s father’s baldness to a grocery-store trip into a bizarre and hilarious display of children’s spontaneity and playfulness. This collection includes several strips which began the comic’s run in the Washington Post Magazine as well as Thompson’s insightful commentary.