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Capacity Paperback – September 10, 2010


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A surreal journey through exquisitely crosshatched forests, cities and caverns, where the beasts populating dreams become skittish at the scent of the dreamer. --The Village Voice

Exactly the kind of book you discover in a dream - perhaps a whole library full - and long for so badly when they vanish upon waking. Only this one still exists in the conscious world. An indispensable visionary handbook with crossover instructions for navigating the dreams we dream in our sleep and the dream that's dreaming us. --Craig Thompson, author of Blankets

Theo Ellsworth's Capacity comics are a treasure. --Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot

About the Author

Theo Ellsworth is a self-taught artist and storyteller living in the mountains of Montana with a witch doctor and their two sons. He is a co-founder of the Pony Club Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and has served on the jury of the Small Press Expo's Ignatz Awards. His art, which Pitchfork describes as "a combination of Where the Wild Things Are, a fever dream, a pagan woodland ceremony, and a notebook doodle," has shown at galleries across the country, including Giant Robot in New York and Los Angeles, and has graced the covers of several popular musicians' albums, including Ramona Falls and Flying Lotus. Most recently, he has collaborated with Viscosity Theatre on the stage production of Mystery Mark, incorporating his artwork into the stage design and costumes. A tour of Mystery Mark is forthcoming.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Secret Acres; 1st edition (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979960924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979960925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Timothy Lukeman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
Let me add another 5-star rating to this astonishing book!

Theo Ellsworth gives us a remarkable collection of stories, chronicling his struggles & growth as a creative artist. That's not an uncommon story, of course -- but you've never seen it told quite like this, with artwork of true originality & incredible detail. You can spend hours poring over each page, constantly finding new things, all of them springing from a seemingly endless & fertile imagination. Ellsworth doesn't simply relate the difficulty of creating art while inundated with so many images & ideas, he shows us, so that we experience the same lush delirium of his experience.

But there's another, quieter level to this autobiographical work. Ellsworth comes across with a genuine warmth, modesty, and sincerity that's completely winning. What might easily be both pity party & overblown grandiosity in a lesser artist, is something most becoming & straightforward in these pages. Several graphic artists have dealt with the contents of the Unconscious, often in startling & revealing ways -- but this is something special, even in their impressive company. This is visionary work!

Needless to say, most highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kier Atherton on December 4, 2008
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I've only read the original 6 in this series, but all had the most fantastically amazing illustrations and laugh out loud moments of any graphic novels or comic books I've read. I can't recommend this highly enough, you will never want to tame your imagination again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Diede on February 18, 2009
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A fascinating portrayal of the author's quest to find himself and create an outlet for his vast imagination . This book is told in first person and is filled with the author's own intricate, whimsical, art. A treat for the mind and body.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiffany D. Stewart on November 7, 2008
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You will have a hard time putting this book down. Not only will the images take your breath away and draw you in deeper and deeper into the authors imaginary world...but you will walk away from the experience with a lighter heart.
You've never seen such detail in someone's art. There is soooo much going on here, such rich depth...I found the book pressed to my face as I tried to decipher a 2.5 inch atlas...inscribed with places like `stairs to snail world' or `the original fishy.'
I want to buy a copy for every friend I know!!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coot on January 18, 2011
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The art is great, but there is no story. It's a bunch of mini-comic shorts framed by a search for creativity without going crazy. The shorts are nice, but the rest gets a little whiny. Why can't I fit in... Why can't I just create and survive. Why am I so weird. Muur... I expected so much more. I think the author would be better off with an actual story for his later works, because his art is very original.
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By Chris on September 27, 2011
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I found this treasure while strolling through Portland Saturday Market. The displayed artwork caught my attention and I noticed Capacity. A quick thumb through revealed enough that I needed to purchase the book. Upon request the author, Theo, signed the book graciously.
I have to say, this is one of the most interesting books I've read as it touches on the inner process of a true artist in such an honest and curious manner. Oddly enough, reading through these pages, I remember the forgotten half stories of my own.
Thank you Theo!
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I ordered this for my 7 year old son( although its not a kids book) after we found a copy of "sleeper car" his only other book in an art/ graphic novel store in Bristol,Uk. he absolutely loves it. the artist must have so much patience to draw such detailed illustrations and an extremely vivid imagination. VERY SURREAL! but not disturbing, every page is a work of art. you can spend hours examining the exquisite detail of the drawings
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