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This slim anthology of autobiographical musings by established comics stars and up-and-comers alike is a mixed bag. Autobiography in comics is a tricky business; a unique perspective is key. Much of this material is straightforward reminiscences from aging talent: Will Eisner on his first rejection; Paul Chadwick on an old apartment; Stan Sakai on a trip to Europe; Sergio Aragones on an encounter with Nixon, etc. These pieces, like others in the book, are fairly prosaic memoirs by artists that veer often into sentimentality and vagaries. Though well drawn in loose, cartoony styles, the stories have no urgency and seem arbitrarily chosen. Furthermore, these and other artists show the world through their eyes, but reveal nothing unusual in the processâ€"it's like sitting next to someone on an airplane and listening to him recite his life story in a monotone. That's the bad news. The good news is that there are a few fine pieces. Frank Miller's hyperbolic account of going to the Daredevil film premiere is ridiculous and entertaining; Paul Hornshemeier's pencil and ink story about drawing his story is thoughtful and well rendered; and Eddie Campbell, of From Hell fame, trumps the entire book with a devastating account of losing his artistic confidence, drawn in his trademark shaky, sensitive pen line. This compilation may be nobly intentioned, but autobiographical comics pioneer Campbell's contribution ultimately shows its deep flaws: in the hands of a master, autobiographical comics can be poignant and affecting, but even those skilled at other kinds of graphic storytelling can't always bring that eloquence to their own experience.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Horse Collections
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593070381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593070380
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,504,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
The participants in this anthology (a mix of comics legends and younger talent) were asked to create an original piece of work based on something that they personally experienced. The sixteen pieces, like every anthology, be it fiction, non-fiction, or sequential art, are a mixed bag that different readers will have very different reactions to. Personally, I've never been a fan of prose forms of memoir or autobiography genres, so I held little hope for this collection. Naturally enough, many of the contributors took up some theme relating to art and creation. Some of these work, like modern legend Frank Miller's amusing "Man With Pen in Head" (about going to the premiere of the awful Daredevil movie) or Eddie ("From Hell") Campbell's thoughtful and self-explanatory"I Have Lost My Sense of Humor". Alas, others of these lapse into sheer cheesiness (especially grandmaster Will Eisner's "The Day I Became A Professional" and Will Stout's "Eyes") or pretentiousness (Paul Hornshemeier's "Of This Much We Are Certain").

The best pieces are those that tell straightforward personal anecdotes with a bit of humor or some kind of insight. Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba's "Qu'est-ce Que C'est?" is a great piece about being away from home and the vulnerability that brings, it's also my favorite from an artistic standpoint. Sergio Aragones contributes a funny story in his signature Mad Magazine visual style about the time he met Richard Nixon and traded signed copies of books. Bill Morrison's charmingly drawn reminisces about his childhood fascination with "Batman" is cute, if not particularly provocative. Linda Medley's "Recess" is kind of weak in the art department, but has really sharp dialogue to make up for it.
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