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Amazing Rain Paperback – November 15, 2004

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"Amazing Rain is an excellent display of Brown's unique imagination and his uncanny ability to marry text and art, a skill at the core of what "comics" and graphic fiction are all about" - PopMatters "The pictures feature simple colours and sticklike figures in a distinctive style that is widely recognised and admired by online regulars" - The New York Times "His spare style lends a slightly distended look to his stick-figure characters, but his cartoons are funnier than anything you'll find in the Sunday paper." - Wired Magazine "He eloquently combines his attractive visual style, sense of fun, and sometimes sick humor with raw emotion...Brown captures true postmodernist themes in a surprisingly effective and natural way." - MIT Tech"

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Sam Brown's website, www.explodingdog.com, has attracted a cultishly devoted following and receives over half a million visitors a month. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, The Houston Chronicle, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald, Wired magazine, Ironminds magazine, as well as on CNN. He lives in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press (November 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932360506
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932360509
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Blaney on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
I suspect that there are two types of people in the world: those who love Sam Brown's [...] and those who haven't discovered it yet!

I fall squarely into the first category. I am always thrilled when new work appears on the site. Why? Because Exploding Dog is a unique art concept. It is a semi-collaborative art project where visitors are invited to submit phrases, ideas, or titles, and drawings are created to fit. Well, kind of. Sam Brown has a unique vision. Quite often, the drawings he creates take a radically different approach to what might seem like a straightforward subject. Many truly defy explanation... yet are still wonderfully interesting.

The world that Sam has created for his art is one inhabited by stick figure people, robots, rockets, and various small creatures. All are drawn in a minimalistic linear style, which at first glance may seem unsophisticated. Spend a little time really looking, though, and you'll be quite surprised. These drawings can convey a huge amount with only simple lines and (generally) flat areas of color.

In addition to the drawings featured on the site, there are also Exploding Dog shirts, prints, and books available. These items help many people get their Exploding Dog "fix" during the occasionally lengthy periods between updates to the site. Soon to be added to this collection is Amazing Rain. 116 full color pages, fantastic from beginning to end. In this somewhat dark, odd tale, Sam "weaves a story within a story, a fable intertwined in a narrative of urban disenchantment and pastoral escape." I won't even begin to try to explain or capture the essence of it. Trying to do so would not only be impossible, but never stand up to actually seeing, reading, and absorbing this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ItsWinston on November 5, 2011
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This is one of my favorite books. Simple, creative and very entertaining. It always puts me in a much better mood.
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By Elizabeth Padilla on September 12, 2009
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This is a great piece because of its compelling and fearless approach. It brilliantly explores the subjects melancholia for the land while expressing a clear fear of technology-- a dehumanizing catalyst in the eyes of Sam Brown. In sum, it is a dark yet touching story that leaves you feeling strangely warm inside, and thinking about the other.
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Amazing story of drawings by a stellar minimalist and relevant cartoonist who publishes under the pseudonym Sam Brown. Check out his other work on the internets.
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