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Birdseye Bristoe Hardcover – June 19, 2012


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  • Series: Birdseye Bristoe
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (June 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781770460669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460669
  • ASIN: 1770460667
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An engagingly loopy look at a small town coming up against technological change, Birdseye Bristoe (the title refers to the name of the town as well as that of its most prominent resident) is the long-awaited debut graphic novel from minicomics artist Zettwoch. A pair of teens arrives to spend the summer with their granduncle Birdseye just as the town has embarked on an ambitious but controversial project to erect a massive cell phone tower. As the summer unfolds, we learn about the town’s handful of business establishments (a bait shop, an adult superstore), its landmarks (the water tower, the Great Fallen Sign), and its eccentric residents, foremost among them the crusty Uncle Birdseye, a WWII vet who owns most of the town’s land. The ambling narrative is interspersed with Zettwoch’s signature mock-informative, Popular Mechanics–derived diagrams that reveal how to make a Red Cow milkshake or how to harvest nightcrawlers. Zettwoch’s low-tech graphic approach, utilizing ballpoint, colored pencils, and whiteout, is an ideal match for this fetchingly ramshackle slice of bygone Americana. --Gordon Flagg

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Praise for Dan Zettwoch:

“The biggest surprise of the last few years in mini-comics circles was Dan Zettwoch.” —Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter

More About the Author

Dan Zettwoch is a cartoonist, illustrator and printmaker living and working in St. Louis. In addition to many self-published mini-comics his stories have appeared in Kramers Ergot, the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror, Comic Art magazine, The Best American Comics and Yale University's Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. His first full-length graphic novel BIRDSEYE BRISTOE was published by Drawn & Quarterly in 2012, and most recently his work appears in the AMAZING FACTS & BEYOND with co-authors Kevin Huizenga and Leon Beyond (Uncivilized Books, 2013). He is also currently working on a series of homemade screenprints commemorating St. Louis Folk Icons, gross foods and baseball statistics. He always has ink all over himself.

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By Pope Mel on April 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Here's the delightful tale of Krystal and her cousin Clint, and the magical summer they spend with their uncle, Birdseye Bristoe, a somewhat cantankerous old soul and part-time crackpot inventor. (He's a whiz with bungee cords and 3-liter soda bottles!) They arrive just in time for all the hubbub surrounding the building of the world's tallest structure - a massive cellphone tower. Soon the town is besieged by trucks carrying giant girders, parts for a crane, and humongous nuts and bolts.

All the drama and excitement unfold through the eyes of the youngsters, with Birdseye serving as a guide and chief "explainer". They learn the proper way to harvest nightcrawlers, and all about the legend of Forky, a giant pike fish rumored to hold a missing school bus in her stomach. Krystal gets to interview semi driver, Carlene Clay, (*Note to self: never ask a lady trucker if she's a "lot lizard"...) and Sonja the tower crane operator who once dreamed of being the first lady-of-color astronaut.

Poor teenager Clint never does get a look inside Moby Dick's XXX Adult Super Store where Birdseye goes to buy...microwave burritos. (No, that's not a euphemism.)

I really loved the two-page drawing of Bristoe and company roaming all over a giant billboard that has fallen over and now lies flat on the ground. The torn remnants of ads through the years reveal a colorful history of the town.

There's also a recipe for Uncle Birdseye's World Famous Red Cow Shake, and a fold-out poster of the cell tower.

This one came from the library, but I have got to get my own copy, as it is loads of fun and so crammed with goodies, repeated viewings promise to reveal even more treasures. It's pretty doggone nifty!
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By Bitsey on July 18, 2012
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This book is truly amazing and the author very creative. Fun to read! I bought several books to give as gifts for my family and friends.
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Format: Hardcover
I love graphic novels, but this one is exceptionally beautiful! The artwork is really colorful, the drawings are intricately-detailed and the story is really fun to read.
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