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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: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,798 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.

From Publishers Weekly

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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Great art illustrations and a really good story.
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For anyone who's ever read a comic book and loved it - If you are looking for that feeling again, get this book.
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As a designer, the way it is package and the cover is aesthetically pleasing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven James Graboski on July 21, 2014
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Comic book fans have adored Paul Pope's visceral artwork and surreal stories for years but only few devotees could consider themselves lucky enough to own Escapo (or rich enough to snag a second-hand copy). Now readers have a another chance to buy it, this time in a much more affordable and beefier collection.

While the stories here focus on an escape artist, the narrative centers less on his spectacles and more with dilemmas of the human condition--in this case, unrequited love and the inevitability of death. Pope draws his art with loads of energy--limbs stretch to the motion of the characters, panels warp to perspective of the viewer, and the sound effects and emanata look ready to burst. The new coloring also does the original black-and-white version justice--Shay Plummer applies enough color and shading to enhance the stories without becoming overbearing, a nice in-between that should satisfy new readers without upsetting purists. Definitely worth picking up if you enjoyed Pope's other work or just want to see what makes his style so unique.

While I finished the two stories in about 45 minutes, I still felt the cost was right--hardcover, lots of bonus artwork and concept drawings, and larger pages than most of the other comics in my collection. It also beats paying the price some resellers wanted for the old version.
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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sibelius on March 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 J. Bouvet on August 26, 2014
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Escapo consists of two stories about the “world’s greatest” escape artist. The first tale tells of his struggle with not having his affection returned by one of the other carnival workers. The second story is about our protagonist attempting to cheat death in a very mythical style tale. These stories were originally released in a collected format in 1999 and has long since been out of print, making it difficult to find, and expensive to procure. Fans of Pope’s other works such as, 100%, Heavy Liquid, and Batman Year 100, have been chomping at the bit, eagerly awaiting this reissue. For them, it likely holds everything they were wanting.

The narrative in both stories, while good, is also very short. Of the 160 pages bound into the book, only roughly two thirds are the pair of Escapo stories. Some might feel it too slim in storied content for the 24.99 cover price, but most of the bonus material is really quite nice. The pinups from John Cassaday (Planetary, Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), Dean Haspiel (American Splendor), and Yuko Shimizu (The Unwritten covers) are really striking, and a nice afterwards by Pope tells us about his progression as an artist during the time he was originally working on Escapo from 96-98. The layouts and sketch sections feel a bit thrown together however, due to the lack of detail to help explain the images provided.

The art is every bit as good as something you would expect to see from a more recent Pope release. It is filled with wonderfully complex, off the wall trap designs that Escapo must maneuver his way through for the enjoyment of the stunned carnival patrons. Pope’s fluid line work, and layouts makes these scenes a visual feast that will have you on the edge of your seat with anticipation wondering how Escapo will make it out alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy on August 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This reproduction/collection of the 1999 Paul Pope graphic novel Escapo includes the original story along with bonus material: sketchbook scans, an interview with the artist, and pin ups from other artists. As a reprint and mini-collection, this was nice and will probably appeal to Paul Pope enthusiasts.

The story is a small vignette into the life of Escapo, a famed escape artist who performs bigger and better feats each night as part of a traveling circus. The story feels very stilted and choppy with many things left unresolved, but it “works” if you approach the story as a thematically connected series of glimpses into the character’s life instead of a full narrative. What the series did well was to create an interesting reflection on themes of accepting or denying fate, and facing death.

I enjoyed the story well enough, but what I really liked was the art. The layout creates a suspenseful story that adds to the death-harrowing feats, and my favorite panels were those where Escapo is grappling with death and existence in the midst of his stunts. I also really loved the inclusion of “pin-ups” from different artists that re-imagined characters and panels in different styles.

** I was provided a free copy of this graphic novel through GoodReads’ FirstReads program.
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