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Escapo Hardcover – July 1, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Z2 Comics (July 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940878004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940878003
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Artist Paul Pope continues to amaze readers with his bold, confident, fluid style. In this, his most concise and singular narrative since 1997's One-Trick Rip Off, he presents the life of the world's greatest escape artist, Escapo. Pope plays the mythic quality of the character to full effect, showing two distinct moments in the character's life: his struggle with death and his struggle with unrequited love. As written stories, these fables may seem simple. But the artwork holds such subtle expression that Escapo's small victories and minor losses will stay with you for some time. Not so subtle is his pop-star rhetoric that fills the first several pages of essays and articles. You'll find that this attitude--part Warhol, part Dali--infuses the whole work with a flavor of great confidence. It's no wonder The Village Voice said, "Pope's idiosyncratic style and methodology make him a unique figure, even among his most talented peers." --Jim Pascoe --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A new graphic novel by a talented and original young American comics artist, this is an archetypal story about love, fear and the looming inevitability of death. The central character is a Houdini-like circus escape artist who enters and gets out of an ominous array of huge, deadly, beautifully imagined devices. Pope (The One Trick Rip-off) includes two variations on the story of the escape artist. In one, Escapo finds himself face to face with death in the form of a cackling, grimly persistent skeleton. In the other, the protagonist, overcome by his love for a beautiful woman utterly uninterested in him, considers submitting to his deadly props and being done with it all. Pope's combination of spare, allusively poignant prose; a hair-raising, dramatically gestural black-and-white drawing style (influenced by Pope's love of cartoonists Milton Caniff and Hugo Pratt, and of Japanese manga); and a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek view of Escapo's brand of inadvertent heroism allows him to unpretentiously juggle his grand themes. Pope has created an unusual kind of comic book hero here, a very reluctant fellow forced to confront both the futility of love and the possibility of his own melodramatic death. The book also includes an essay on Pope, another (short) fiction and an index to his other works.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Haney on September 12, 2013
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This book is quite a change from paul pope's regular style this short but amazing book focuses on only one character and not a wide cast which i found to be an awesome change of pace! It's a real human story with a few supernatural influxes but I loved the message behind this book! I love Pope's tragic yet optimistic writing and this book shines for the kind of story Paul likes to tell! I have no idea why this book is out of print THIS BOOK NEEDS TO BE READ!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on March 31, 2004
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Paul Pope's sci-fi, circus escape artist tale - "Escapo," is a visual tour-de-force for afficionados of black and white comic book visuals. Each panel conveys grand drama and sweeping motion to give the overall story a jittery, fast-forward motion feel to it. Also of note is the remarkable emphasis placed on lettering, which certainly adds to the overall high quality graphic feel to the book.
On the downside, this slim book is somewhat skimpy in content. Most readers will probablly finish this book within 20-30 minutes and that's factoring in the extra time used when savouring the artwork and reading through the somewhat grandstanding author profile at the beginning of the book. All in all though, it is certainly worth your reading time or as an 'add' to your collection if you come across it at a decent price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keagan on June 24, 2014
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I was given this graphic novel as a gift, from a friend. Honestly, I have not read many graphic novels before but this book captured my attention and has opened my mind to reading more graphic novels. The art was absolutely stunning. As a designer, the way it is package and the cover is aesthetically pleasing. The only thing I wish is that I found out more of what happened with Escapo and Aerobella. However, it was a phenomenal read and I recommend it to many people.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leef M. Smith on January 3, 2000
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Escapo is a good illustration of when comics live up to their potential and deliver serious themes in a fresh artistic tapestry. Paul Pope uses the escape artist to examine several different types of escape and our flirtation with love, death and life. Plus Escapo shows that circuses and escape artist can still be cool!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DDimas on June 24, 2014
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This was very disappointing. I read through it once, and this "re-imagined" version of what I thought was a really good .cbr that I downloaded from the internet, is ridiculous. It's super short, the story sucks, and the artwork looks terrible in color. I love Mr. Pope's other work, like 100%, Heavy Liquid, his Solo book, THB and even Batman Year 100, but this book is awful Save your money for something else..
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