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Matthew Thurber: 1-800-MICE (Picturebox Books) Hardcover – October 31, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Picturebox Books
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: PictureBox (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984589260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984589265
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a cartoonist, Thurber's work reveals a tension between complex but traditional narrative structures, boldly avant-garde visual storytelling, and the overall sensibilities of a gag cartoonist. 1-800-MICE is the culmination of many years of exploration in comics and is hilarious, absurd, thought-provoking, compelling, and pointedly satirical all at once. It's a sprawling epic that leaps between the narratives of a number of different characters before drawing them together in unusual ways, depicting life in a vibrant, tense Volcano City set in a fantasy world where trees are sentient, banjo-playing gangsters hire sushi-chef assassins, and both consciousness and identity are highly fluid concepts. (Rob Clough The Comics Journal 2012-02-09)

Mice couriers, man-tree love, sushi-chef assassins, hydro-powered-car chases, propagandist skywriting, a sinister banjo contest, Internet 5.0, and a mystery drug made from dead trees. Matthew Thurber's weird and wonderful 1-800-Mice is the Gravity's Rainbow-Sherlock Holmes-Professor Sutwell-Inspector Clouseau-Silent Spring of comics. (Nicole Rudick The Paris Review 2011-10-07)

This intricately epic, epically absurd fantasy is set in Volcano Park, a setting that in terms of kooky characters rivals H.R. Pufnstuf's Living Island. Talking trees, messenger mice, sinister dentists and hermaphrodite hippies abound. This ain't no stream of consciousness, more like gushing dam-busting river. One of a bazillion subplots involves an effort to revise history to read that the banjo was created in Scotland. How? By planting fake YouTube videos that insert banjos into historical scenes featuring Highland folk heroes. As nutty as this all sounds, its a remarkably readable hyper-imaginative ride. (Jeff Newelt Heeb Magazine 2011-10-06)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wumpshire on September 21, 2012
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First off, the art is amazing. Matthew Thurber has retained his child like wonder, yet refined his draftsmanship into unknown territory. I can't really compare any other artist to his style, perhaps Rory Hayes, but less dark more adventurous and I dare say more creative. The story telling is at first perceived as improvised, random. Yet, after turning a few pages the story builds and plots,themes weave in and out of each other. Its the closest I've been to experiencing an alternate reality in comics yet not being intentionally deceptive or confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 23, 2012
The wacked-out plot of 1-800-MICE unfolds within an alternate universe which brims with deadpan-funny glimpses of where we mistakenly believe that we exist. Why does it all seem so topical?

Very nice drawing, maybe a little less deliciously cooked than Marc Bell or Mark Beyer, but very effective and not afraid to swing for the fence - or fall on its face, for that matter. The narrative has a lot of energy behind it. It's kind of like a dream you don't want to wake up from, which leaves you somewhat disturbed, but refreshed...

I see from the Amazon blurb that it's a collection from the 1st. 5 issues of Thurber's comic, plus 48 new pages. I didn't even know that when I read it, and just enjoyed it as a longish graphic novel. It hangs together that well, as long as you're not one of those people allergic to anything which is not slick and polished. I'm not all that familiar with Thurber's generation of cartoonists, but I definitely liked this book. To be consistent with my other reviews of graphic novels, I'd rate it at 4 stars, but I certainly wouldn't disagree with someone who gives it 5 for originality.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Am A Giant Living Dog on December 15, 2011
Highly recommended. Literary, absurd and well drawn comic-novel for the 21st century. These mice have got it, and you will to! After you GET this book from the internet, or better yet, your brick and mortar comic shop.
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