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Is That All There Is? Hardcover – February 27, 2012

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I’ve loved Joost Swarte’s perfect cartoons, drawings and designs for decades and it’s nothing short of ridiculous that a comprehensive edition of this brilliant artist’s work has never been available in America until now. Swarte is considered a national treasure in his native Holland, and if you open this book, you’ll understand why. (Chris Ware)

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Joost Swarte lives in the Netherlands and online at joostswarte.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; F First Edition Thus edition (February 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606995103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606995105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.7 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christoper Knight on February 27, 2012
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I pre-ordered this ages ago, and was pleasantly surprised when it showed up on my porch this morning. The book is a bit smaller than I'd hoped, but the content more than makes up for it. Not necessarily comprehensive, it serves to showcase some of Swarte's best work, spanning the 70s to the 00s. If you're a fan of Swarte, Herge, or other claire ligne work, don't hesitate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hatcher on December 10, 2012
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An amazing book filled with stunning artwork and intriguing story lines. I find myself continually picking this book up to read through again and to admire the immaculate and imaginative art.
An excellent production all round. I can't recommend this one highly enough.
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Swarte is far more than an imitator of Herge's "clear line" school-- his incisive, biting, satiric, at times whimsical work transcends simplistic categorization. Reminiscent of Gluyas Williams and Seymour Chwast and (sometimes) Tomi Ungerer, Swarte is in a class by himself. This welcome collection puts together, at a surprisingly low price, dozens of his strips in monotone and color. Many feature Jopo de Pojo, his protagonist of choice. In a word, brilliant. Chris Ware's intro is a plus.

Highly recommended. Not for kiddies-- some adult material here
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Joost Swarte is a master of European underground comics. His works have appeared in various publications in America over the years, the vast majority of which are long out of print. Many of the works in this book have never appeared in English. Swarte spent years obsessing over the production of this book, making sure every line and color on every page are up to his high standards, and it shows: The art looks beautiful.

Content warning: This book is not for kids!
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The cutting edge of the subject's work is in evidence in this volume. The artist's popularity comes as no surprise when you see all his issuances together in one place. Commentary is minimal.
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