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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: First Second; 1st edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596432063
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596432062
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–Guiliano's father lends the boy and his friends the use of a garage for band practice, on the condition that they stay out of trouble. Each teen has a difficult family situation–his parents are variously sick, missing, or emotionally absent–and uses the band to find a degree of freedom, both in the abandonment of performance, and in the cathartic process of songwriting. When an amplifier necessary for a demo recording is irreparable, Alex suggests liberating equipment from a church basement, and the four protagonists find themselves having to decide how much this band really means to them. The art is marvelously atmospheric, with finely chosen watercolors accentuating the loose, cartoony inks. Almost every page has a silent or an establishing panel that gives the sequences a sense of space and place and allows readers to find the emotional subtlety behind the rendered characters. This is an interestingly quiet and spacious work for a book that is ostensibly about making lots of noise in a small space. It is also quite moving, and quietly funny, although some may find the jokes about Nazism in bad taste. A charming and understated work, with careful craftsmanship that belies its scratchy figures and cartoon faces.–Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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In a wash of melancholy watercolors and with a sense of inescapable anxiety in the line work, Italian writer-artist Gipi tells the story of four very different boys who want to make music. As they meet in the garage that nervous Giuliano's father has let them use, clashes occur, all finely rendered in simple sweeps of story and dialogue. When troublemaker Stefano gets them an honest-to-goodness opportunity with a record label, the group attempts an ill-advised theft of musical equipment, driving the story to a tense but ultimately hopeful end. Somber throughout, with powerful use of well-placed silent panels, the art is both unusual and evocative. The characters, often less than admirable as individuals, come together believably to display loyalty to one another and real joy in their music. With a strong indie sensibility, this book is a good choice for readers interested in edgy art and human drama. Jesse Karp
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Mack on May 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
Great art, flowing through a story about the ups and downs of a band, the disconnectedness of teenage years, the wrong path and the right one. There's tolerance and understanding among the kids--one of whom is attracted to the swastika and all things Nazi, and his attraction is better understood by his bandmates than by his close relatives. There's a close call with the law. A groupie girlfriend, the streets, a real, almost-gritty millieu. Worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Ward on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Hey all! I read the graphic novel Garage Band by Gipi. It is so interesting and the artwork is amazing. The story is about a group of teenage boys, their garage band, and what happens when they blow an amp. It's a very simple story but intricately reveals the pasts, relationships, and personalities of each boy. Did I mention how amazing the drawings are? They are so detailed and captivating, especially when the band is practicing a song. You, the reader, feel as if you're at a concert watching them perform. It's a quick read, as most graphic novels are, but it really gets its message of never giving up across. I definitely recommend this title.
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Format: Paperback
Right from the cover, where the band members are staring you down, you feel the immediacy and vividness of this book. Some panels have dialogue and some don't, but everything moves the characters and the story along. It's not a long book, but somehow, all the characters go through things and have grown by the end.
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By Noel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Four teenage boys living in a rural town form a band and are given a garage by one of the boys' fathers to practice their music in. This is the story of their very different lives and how despite their backgrounds they are brought together by a shared love of music.

Gipi writes and draws a compelling story of youth, where we get to know the different members of the band and their personalities. They had small adventures such as stealing equipment from a church basement when their amp blows out or the drummer's weird obsession with Nazis, but there's also the more serious side of how opportunity comes along for some and not for others and what real friendship is.

I enjoyed the book a lot and, while not as powerful as his other book "Notes for a War Story", it captures the hope and energy of youth and passes it on to the reader. Well worth a read and definitely one to pick up if you're an indie comics fan.
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By Christian J. Ruiz on June 13, 2010
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Gipi never ceases to amaze with his vivid artwork, unique but truthful stories, and his very lifelike characters. Recommended reading to anyone looking for a comic that isnt the usual Capes or Criminals story.
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