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Dreamtoons Paperback – July 5, 2000

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Sometimes an idea is so perfect that it can't miss. Dreamtoons, collecting 109 of Jesse Reklaw's Slow Wave comic strips, is subconscious journalism at his best. Reklaw asks readers and friends to send him descriptions of their dreams, which he then renders in classic four-panel, inked comic format. From silly to terrifying to profound, each dream is summed up neatly and illustrated faithfully. The giant-chicken building gracing the cover, the bacon on the communion plate, and the class taught by death are just a few highlights from the sleeping landscapes; the artist captures them all and breaks down our barriers between "normal" reality and our dream creations. Peppered with quotes from luminaries like Marcel Proust, the book also has a few pages of dream information resources appended. Dreamtoons draws its readers into other peoples' minds and keeps them there just long enough. --Rob Lightner

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YA-Dreams are seen here not as earnest messages, but as marvelously creative, often hilarious, and always nonthreatening adventures. Reklaw understands that dreams are hard to share: "unlike last night's hit show, even the best dreams often leave friends and family bewildered." Happily, he has overcome the difficulty of describing dreaming in the usual way ("with only clumsy words and gestures")-through expressing its visual quality. For several years, he has maintained a Web site (www. slowwave.com) where people can view his work and send him their own dreams, along with pictures and descriptions of themselves. With a clear, uncluttered, pen-and-ink style, he takes this highly subjective and usually surrealistic content and transforms it into zingy, black-and-white, four-panel cartoon strips with titles like "Heavenly Paper Bag," "Super Blueberry Woman," and "Love and Darth." An apartment house turning into a chicken ("It still had windows and stuff, but it was definitely a chicken") would seem to be a difficult thing to explain with any clarity, but, as a glance at the front cover shows, Reklaw has the talent to do just that. Dreamtoons gathers Reklaw's favorite strips, organizes them loosely around a variety of quotations about the topic, and concludes with a list of "Dream Resources," in print and cyberspace, for readers who wish to pursue the subject further.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (July 5, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570625735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570625732
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brainsample on July 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Have you ever had one of those weird dreams that you can't quite explain to people? Jesse Reklaw can help.
This book is a compilation of the internet comic strip "Slow Wave" in which people write in to tell Jesse about their strange and goofy dreams. He in turn creates a comic strip from those dreams and posts it for everyone to see.
Jesse is a visionary as well as a talented cartoonist. He seems to be able to capture the mood and feeling of even the most bizarre dreams. I should know too, the apartment chicken on the cover is one of mine.
I highly recommend this book for cartoon fans and anybody who is into general weirdness. These aren't all funny cartoons - after all, some dreams can be quite frightening - but they do make you think.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Meyer on July 8, 2000
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Dreamtoons is a collection of comic strips drawn from people's real dreams - those short odd sequences of adventures remembered in the first moments of waking. They pack their own weird humor and truth. The book is a gas.
Highly recommended for the coffeetable or the bathroom library, as the book can be picked up and enjoyed a page at a time or en toto.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Jones on October 3, 2001
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Send Jesse Reklaw a description of one of your dreams, and he might make it come to life . . . in his weekly comic strip "Slow Wave."
"Slow Wave" is available in several underground newspapers and on his web site. This book collects the first few years' worth of strips.
Despite being limited to four panels, Reklaw manages to convey the essence of his collaborators' dreams. Some are disturbing; some are very funny;, all have the twisted logic and unsettling creativity of authentic dreams. Reading them is not only a pleasure, but oddly reassuring: It's nice to know that other people have dreams just as, if not more, bizarre as mine.
For maximum effect, savor the strips a few at a time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Weidel on July 10, 2000
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This is a wonderfully witty and sly book. Reklaw captures the absurdity of real-life dreams in his text and drawings. The book appeals to readers on multiple levels -- the humor is remarkable but it also offers a window to the psyche. This seeminly simple book is a very sophisticated tour of the subconscious mind. Absolutely fascinating!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2000
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Jesse Reklaw gives the reader a fascinating peek into the sleep stories of strangers, four comic panels at a time. Before reading Dreamtoons, I wasn't sure how interesting other people's dreams could be. Now I'm hooked. Quite a few of the comics made me laugh out loud. I hope people keep sending him dreams to draw -- I want to see more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Doug Doe on September 6, 2003
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Jesse Reklaw's Dreamtoons is a strange mix of dry humor and strange situations. Everyone dreams, and those who are fortunate enough to remember some of their more insane dreams seem to have found Jesse. His illustrations are clean and add a lot to the dreams. His editing means no more run-on dream sequences, just great entertainment. I sometimes found myself thinking "Someone just made that up", and then remembered some of my dreams. Yes, they did just make that up, but they happened to be unconscious and drooling at the time. For 8 bucks, you have very little to lose, and a lot of great entertainment to gain. I've read it 3 times now and still enjoy many of the cartoons.
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