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Brian Chippendale: If 'n Oof (Picturebox Books) Paperback – June 30, 2010

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Starred Review. Creatures with flower faces, leering robot monsters, and a charming mouse-eared hero are all drawn in a splotchy, scribbly style that gives truth to a line that occurs early in this strange, rambling yet engrossing book: "Operation Dreamworld must be realized." Chippendale, also known for his participation in the noise band Lightning Bolt, has a singular imagination and uses well-defined and -paced single-panel pages that lead us forward. Unexpected settings fill the page with lines--a bathroom with many obsessively drawn tiles, a flying space-city, a black-on-black dreamscape--before emptying out into white. Then a character leads readers, page by page, through empty space to a door leading back into the hectic frenzy of lines. Wonderfully peculiar characters speak in a variety of voices; robotlike instructions are interrupted by colloquial musings ("I mean, everyone here has been super nice, the pool is great, the garden rules, but..."). All are delightfully strange and once you enter, you don't want to leave this odd and imaginative world with its pleasantly bumbling heroes, If and Oof, constantly waking from one dream only to find themselves in another. (Nov.)
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Creatures with flower faces, leering robot monsters, and a charming mouse-eared hero are all drawn in a splotchy, scribbly style that gives truth to a line that occurs early in this strange, rambling yet engrossing book: "Operation Dreamworld must be realized." Chippendale, also known for his participation in the noise band Lightning Bolt, has a singular imagination and uses well-defined and -paced single-panel pages that lead us forward. Unexpected settings fill the page with lines--a bathroom with many obsessively drawn tiles, a flying space-city, a black-on-black dreamscape--before emptying out into white. Then a character leads readers, page by page, through empty space to a door leading back into the hectic frenzy of lines. Wonderfully peculiar characters speak in a variety of voices; robotlike instructions are interrupted by colloquial musings ("I mean, everyone here has been super nice, the pool is great, the garden rules, but..."). All are delightfully strange and once you enter, you don't want to leave this odd and imaginative world with its pleasantly bumbling heroes, If and Oof, constantly waking from one dream only to find themselves in another. --Publisher's Weekly, November 8, 2010
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Product Details

  • Series: Picturebox Books
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: PictureBox (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982094752
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982094754
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.9 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If 'n Oof is an exciting book. Read it the first time turning the pages as fast as you can. Read it a second time as if it were a collection of individual drawings and linger over every page. You might count the number of marks in a given panel if you need techniques for enjoying things.

If 'n Oof is pure cartooning. It is motion and impact, gesture and scene. Chippendale's theater has strobe lights, black lights, and confetti cannons. And the special effects! That flying city at the climax of the opening sequence. Plus, If falling through the opening in the clouds across two pages.

I really like this book a lot.
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Brian Chippendale: If 'n Oof (Picturebox Books)

This is freaking brilliant book. Reinvents the marks on paper movie, reinvents the drawn-book, reinvents the comic. You ENTER this story, it envelopes you, the art, the drawing, this book. Fantastic. Enjoy. Pure fun. How many of you bought Superman # 1 when it hit the stands? Well here is your chance. A future classic. Not to mention a beautifully realized book by Picturebox. Tells a dam good story too so don't let the "A" word fool you.
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My Dad showed me this because I like comics. I don't like many comics, I like comics that don't remind me of other comics. It's got a bunch o pages, so many pages that I can keep looking at it and reading it for ever.
My Dad saw Lightning Bolt when they played here in Shreveport and he brought me a copy of their record, I really liked the record and I really really liked the record cover. Brian Chippendale is a fantastic illustrator, my dad said if he's a poor mans Gary panter then Gary panter is a unwell persons Robert crumb with the alcoholic shakes.

Screams Brilliant on all levels. And I'm 9.
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