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Fred the Clown Paperback – November 10, 2004


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books (November 10, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560976101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560976103
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Every so often, lightning strikes--and nails Fred the Clown right in the tokhes. Such is the essence of New Zealand-born London cartoonist Langridge's sublimely feckless creation that it's a wonder a bolt ever strikes elsewhere. And such is the comics-steeped virtuosity of Langridge's art--which, while most indebted to Max Fleisher's animated cartoons (e.g., Betty Boop), embraces spot-on parodies of comic strips (Peanuts, garfield, etc.), underground cartoonists (Crumb, Deitch), and picture-book artists (Seuss, Gorey)--that the lightning of gratified recognition (this guy's one of us!) must repeatedly strike deep-dyed comics lovers while perusing Fred's adventures. Meanwhile, Langridge's verbal skills convulse us, for he is a sick jokester of the very first water. In this compendium organized in chapters corresponding to "Fred the Clown's Ten Steps to Happiness" (which, needless to say, don't ever get him there), the two prose-heavy ones--a history of Fred's two comic strips ("Know Your Roots") and a mock newspaper ("Value the Written Word")--may be the most side-splitting burlesques of comics history and historiography ever. In the other eight chapters, in which the only words are narrative or in print within the panels, Langridge's art is as funny as his writing and also, despite the pretense that Fred merits no sympathy, touching. Ray Olson
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About the Author

Roger Langridge hails from New Zealand but now lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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New Zealand-born cartoonist Roger Langridge (1967-) has been producing comics for over twenty years. Works of note include the Harvey Award-winning MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER; other works include his own self-published title FRED THE CLOWN, which was nominated for a number of Harvey and Eisner awards back when he was young and beautiful, and the Eisner Award-winning Lewis Carroll-inspired series, SNARKED!. Langridge lives in London with his wife, two children and a box full of his own hair.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Farago on April 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
Without hesitation, I'd easily put Roger Langridge on my short list of the greatest all-around cartoonists alive today. He combines slapstick humor, nimble wordplay, Vaudeville, old-tyme comics and filters it through a modern sensibility (with liberal doses of Monty Python, the Goon Show, and the occasional bit of heartbreak and tragedy thrown in for good measure).

This is required reading for everyone who loves comics, everyone who used to love comics but has given up on them, everyone who's been raised by wolves and doesn't understand the concept of comics and pretty much everyone else who doesn't fit into any of the categories above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Garson on November 15, 2005
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Disturbingly funny, ritchly textured, and fully capable of making you laugh and cry by turns. This book is a love letter to the whole history of comic images.

Within these pages you'll find a funny set of stories, but you'll also see a sly satire of comic artist from the 1890s to today. Each story seems to be done in a different style, by a different fictional artist. Background notes and a false history of Fred the Clown comics give a funny authenticity to these parody styles.

Well worth giving it a try. It's very, very funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Warfield on December 29, 2009
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Once again I picked a book pretty much at random off the shelf of "graphic novels," and once again I was most pleased with my choice. 'Fred the Clown' is a bizarre combination of gutter humor, satire, existenalism and slapstick that - while not gelling as a cohesive whole - does manage to entertain.

Langridge is at his most humorous - with one exception - when he keeps things short and sweet; the various faux-advertisements throughout the book are exceeding hysterical in their ineptitude of driving sales. But one of the funniest bits in the book is the faux-history of the strip, which takes several pages to tell. I think what I liked the best about this was the inclusion of works through the 'Fred the Clown eras' that pretty much universally are referred to as less than spectacular works.

The strips themselves are largely free of any sort of dialogue and Langridge does a good job of conveying whatever thoughts/emotions/expected actions by way of pantomime or picture thought bubbles.

The style reminded me of early Steve Purcell ('Sam & Max') which I consider a good thing. I look forward to a possible companion to this should it ever materialize.
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I found so my package is Fred the clown at good comic book anything are very funny book his Adam kyle with drawing cartoonist paper in draw room, tlho'!!
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