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Cadaver: A Bittersweet Love Story Paperback – April 21, 2013

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Editorial Reviews


"Cadaver is a lushly constructed and visually mesmerizing graphic novel."
-- NPR

“A must-attend event of New York Fashion Week.”
-- New York Times

"A must-see pick!" 
Animation Magazine

“Darkly beautiful.”

"Explores grown-up themes about love and death through the youthful mediums of cartoon and rhyme."
-- Huffington Post

-- New York Magazine

"The least sappy but most tender love story I've ever encountered." 
Tavi Gevinson, Editor-in-chief of ROOKIE Magazine

"It is a sweet and hilarious film full of creepily tender moments."
-- MTV

“Shel Silverstein whimsy and rhythm with an Edgar Allan Poe edge." 
-- My Old Kentucky Blog

"A dark romantic story in a time of commercialized love." 
-- Project Quality

"The stuff of Indie lore." 
-- Sonoma News

"Director Jonah D. Ansell could be channeling Tim Burton." 
-- Examiner

"A clever little fable about love, devotion, and the heart's ability to rebound." 
-- Sarasota Review

"Packs a Punch."
-- Jezebel

"Cadaver... will especially please lovers of the more macabre works of Charles Dickens, Roald Dahl, and Tim Burton."
-- Cinespect

"Cadaver... is in the process of being developed into a full-blown animated musical ("think 'Little Mermaid' meets 'Les Miserables,')."
-- Los Angeles Times

-- Filmmaker Magazine

"Tavi Gevinson is a cartoon character."
-- Vogue

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About the Author

Jonah D. Ansell is a Los Angeles-based writer/director of animated and live action films. A former four-year NCAA starting pitcher, Ansell is a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College and an award-winning USC MFA screenwriting graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. At twenty-five, he created and sold "Rivalfish, " a sports/pop culture humor magazine, to "National Lampoon," overseeing a staff of thirty writers nationwide to generate monthly readership of 150,000 readers. He and his creative work have been featured at NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, " New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Huffington Post, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, The Onion A.V. Club, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, FHM, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution," "PRWeek, "as well as the recent book"""How'd You Score That Gig." Ansell currently serves as CEO & Chief Storyteller of Los Angeles-based integrated marketing and creative content development firm JAMS Productions, where he develops original creative content and campaigns for businesses, government agencies, and individuals. He and his creative work can be found on the web at and

Carina Simmons is an illustrator, animator, and designer living and working in Seattle. She consistently pushes traditional technique with all of her projects and has recently started a production studio with a strong focus in animation. Her most recent animated project will be premiering at Sundance 2013.

Eric Vennemeyer studied theater and German at Amherst College before setting out to see the world and use neither of his majors. He is a founding member of the award-winning filmmaking group Chinese Takeout and has worked as a freelance artist, animator, and English teacher. He is currently getting an MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Abraham Dieckman is an award-winning animator and special effects artist, as well as a dedicated film director living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having graduated from SFSU with a Fine Arts degree in Cinema, he is constantly pushing to expand his creative toolkit in bringing imaginative worlds to life. Most recently he completed a feature-length science-fiction film currently targeting the festival circuit, and screened a short film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Connect with him online at


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (April 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897337026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897337021
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 5.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,814,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jonah D. Ansell is a storyteller based in Los Angeles and Northern California. He and his creative work have been featured on TV, in print and online at NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Glamour, Huffington Post, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Allure, The Onion A.V. Club, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo! Sports, FHM, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, PRWeek, as well as the recent book How'd You Score That Gig. When he is not writing, Ansell serves as founder and chief marketing officer (chief storyteller) at the boutique Los Angeles marketing + production company JAMS. There, he crafts strategies and creates content to help clients tell stories that sell. Ansell is an award-winning MFA graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and a magna cum laude graduate of Amherst College. He originally hails from the hard-knock cul-de-sacs of Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
Cadaver is unlike any graphic novel you will ever read. It's creative, thoughtful, sad, love, life, and loss all rolled into an oddly cute story of one young med students horrifying event upon cutting open a cadaver. Not just any cadaver though. This one awakens upon his heart being taken from his chest. Upon waking, he demands the return of his heart and a trip to Tennessee to see his beloved who must be so sad and lonely without him. Upon finding her legs wrapped tightly around another geezers saddle, the cadaver feels betrayed and at a loss. That is until he returns back to the cold lonely table at the med school where the least expected happens.
"The cadaver has come back to life"
Author Jonah Ansell does a kick ass job with this graphic novel. Nailing the perfect color scheme and his perfected shading truly breathes a life of its own into this story. Ansell gives readers a poetic love story, not only through words, but through art as page after page unfolds a deeper emotional burden for both the med student and the old cadaver as they work through their emotions and feelings. Even if you have seen the movie, you still have to pick up a copy of this book. It is the perfect addition to any personal library.
*This was a Netgalley ARC book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPH GRANNAN on May 15, 2013
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Great little story and the interactiveness is also fun. Fantastic song selections and superb renditions of those selections. This will be a nice little gem in both my TPB and PSB collection.
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