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on February 27, 2012
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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VINE VOICEon November 11, 2013
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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VINE VOICEon January 1, 2014
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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on December 10, 2012
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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on April 20, 2013
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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on September 15, 2015
A magnificent collection of the work of a brilliant genius of an artist, far too poorly known in the US. Worth every penny you find it available for.
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