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Bigg Time: A Farcical Fable of Fleeting Fame Paperback – September 1, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Lester Biggs wants to become famous before turning 30, but the odds are not in his favor. He is shallow, narcissistic and not too bright. His 30th birthday is only four weeks away, and he's homeless, having lost his acting career, his agent and his fiancee all on the same day several years back. Luckily for him, a close encounter with a third rail enables him to see and communicate with a guardian angel, Stavros. Unluckily for him, Stavros has been actively sabotaging Lester's life for kicks. (Stavros, pictured as part buzzing insect, part paunchy, middle-aged man, has been a guardian angel about a thousand years too long to get attached to every "breather" he's responsible for helping.) Lester devises a plan to blackmail Stavros into helping him become famous, and a partnership is born. Clearly intended as broad satire, Templeton's results are as mixed as Lester's adventures are numerous. Lester is more than just unlucky; he's a lout. Even Stavros can hardly bear to put up with him. In the absence of a sympathetic character, episode reigns supreme, and Lester's path to glory is littered with aliens performing anal probes, celebrity stalkers, hair prostheses and game show sadism. As with all such scattershot approaches, the book's jokes tend to hit or miss. A much lauded cult favorite among comics aficionados in the 1980s, Templeton (Stig's World) opts for cruder, sloppier humor here. His gray and black drawings recall the bland goofiness of a Mad magazine parody, but this work only occasionally reaches a comparable level of wit.
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The allure of fame and the futility of pursuing it are the themes of this bitterly satiric graphic novel. Homeless, hapless Lester Bigg--once an aspiring actor but now living on the street--discovers that he has a guardian angel, and the angel has been sabotaging his life out of sheer boredom. Lester (don't call him Les Bigg, he insists, because he isn't) forces the angel to make up for his breach of professional ethics by granting him the American Dream and making him famous. The angel leads Lester down the standard paths to contemporary fame--Hollywood, the Internet, TV game shows--before finally succeeding in an ironic denouement. Templeton's work combines alternative-comics attitude with mainstream-level visual slickness, and his appealing graphic style of exaggerated realism proves ideal for the subject matter. Templeton's point--fame ain't all it's cracked up to be--may not be particularly fresh or provocative, but he sells it with great humor. Readers should get a kick out of Lester's unavailing struggle for stardom. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Gph edition (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563899051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563899058
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,714,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ty was born in the wilds of downtown Canada to show business gypsies. His father, Charles, invented televangelism, wrote some best sellers, and helped to kill Elvis. His mother was a fifties singing star on the CBC TV, and his brother invented the internet. Look it all up, it's true. Ty makes his living writing and drawing comic books, working on such characters as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Simpsons, the Avengers, and many others. He can be seen lurking in the outskirts of downtown Canada with his lovely wife, three of his four lovely children, and his three cats, two of which are lovely, but the other one has really nasty scratched up legs that you don't want to see.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Frost on November 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is one of the funniest comics I've read in a very long time! What would you do if somehow you could suddenly see and hear your guardian angel, and you found out that he was ruining your life in order to alleviate his boredom? And what would you ask for if he offered to make it up to you by giving you whatever you wanted? This book explores those questions and shows that it's still true, "be careful what you ask for".
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GIKane on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I usually enjoyed comics published by Vertigo, like Hellblazer, Sandman, Fables, V for Vendetta.

But this one....could use much improvement. Its basic underlying story relies heavily on Bernard Werber's

Les Thanatonautes.

And most of all, when I read other Vertigo paperbacks, I felt

enthusiasm, and eager to read more- but with this one, I never

felt anything like that.
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