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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: 6.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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You will have a hard time putting this book down.
Tiffany D. Stewart
Oddly enough, reading through these pages, I remember the forgotten half stories of my own.
Chris
The art is awesome and charming, and Mr. Ellsworth is quite witty.
Chris Smith

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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 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 3 people found the following review helpful By Kier Atherton on December 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 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 Gary Oppenhuis on August 31, 2013
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Theo Ellsworth explores and reveals the intricate and unusual imaginings and musings from his personal inner world. The artwork and storylines are often multilayered, creating a cascading rabbit hole effect where place, time, and persona are commingled and reimagined. The fascinatingly dense artwork draws you into the stories (sometimes literally), like fragments from a recurring half-remembered dream.
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By aldous on January 25, 2013
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I am not sure this book is for everyone. I will say that I loved it, though. Its very imaginative and dream-like. You are the main character sorta... It is definitely fun to read.
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