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I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections
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I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections [Kindle Edition]

Julia Wertz
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Book Description

This anthology of comics inspired by real-life missed connection ads posted on Craigslist and in local papers around the country will tug at your heartstrings and make you think. Lonely hearts, romantics, and even cynics pore over missed connection ads in search of love, to gawk and giggle, or out of curiosity. These posted stranger sightings and chance encounters lay bare the truths and oddities of real-life loneliness and attractions and bring out the voyeur in the best of us. I Saw You takes this phenomenon and makes it even better.

Julia Wertz has gathered the stars and soon-to-be-stars of the graphic art world, including Peter Bagge, Jesse Reklaw, Tom Hart, Sam Henderson, Laura Park, Emily Flake, Keith Knight, Janelle Hessig, Gabrielle Bell, Aaron Renier, Austin English, Corinne Mucha, Jeffrey Brown, Alec Longstreth, Minty Lewis, Joey Sayers, David Malki, Kazimir Strzepek, Ken Dahl, Shannon Wheeler, Shaenon Garrity, Rodd Perry, Abby Denson, Damien Jay, Sarah Glidden, and dozens more, to interpret these plaintive, hopeful postings in drawings that range from laugh-out-loud funny to disarmingly strange.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

It seems like a simple enough premise: short comics based on the missed-connections ads from newspapers and Craigslist, drawn by a host of cartoonists. Despite thematically arranged chapters (coffee shops, travel), this anthology doesn't quite hang together—in part because the contributors have interpreted the assignment in so many different ways. Some draw literal or metaphorical interpretations of actual ads; some make up their own; some mock the entire concept; a few simply address the idea of missed connections but don't deal with personal ads. The book's real value is as a snapshot of the current state of the mini-comics scene, in which editor Wertz is something of a star. Nearly every significant mini-comics artist of the moment is represented here, including Lucy Knisley, Kazimir Strzepek, Sarah Glidden, Alec Longstreth, and, best of all, Laura Park, who contributes a few splendid, cruelly funny pieces. There are a few bigger names in the collection (like Peter Bagge and Jeffrey Brown), but the roster will probably look a lot more impressive in a few years. (Feb.)
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About the Author

JULIA WERTZ is a cartoonist and writer and the creator of the autobiographical comic The Fart Party. She lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

  • File Size: 20704 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Archetype; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 3, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RW10QS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and charming April 16, 2009
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A book of short comics based on missed connections, sidelong glances and secret trysts, as reported by the anonymous multitudes on Craigslist and the personals columns in newspapers.

Ranging from the hopelessly romantic to the definitely bizarre, these fleeting encounters are brought to vivid life by a variety of artists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars For more [...] June 16, 2009
I SAW YOU . . . EDITED BY JULIA WERTZ: The next time you pay a visit to Craigslist (and I'm sure you check it every day now for the job postings), look under the "Personals" column and you'll see a option titled "Missed Connections." It's where men and women seeking women or men recount a recent chance meeting with someone who captured their heart in the blink of an eye. Perhaps it was a short but sweet conversation over the purchase of a latte; or gazing into one another's eyes on the train to the work; or even the smile from a distance. We all see people each day, strangers whom we wonder might be; strangers who might even be the one. But then the opposite of serendipity blocks your path and you never see the person again. If this is the case, then Missed Connections is for you; where you can pour out your heart to that human who stopped you in your tracks for a second, with the lone hope that he or she may one day read it and somehow find you.

In the fall of 2006, Julia Wertz, cartoonist and creator of The Fart Party, put up a blog requesting comic strips from volunteers inspired by "Missed Connections". Soon her inbox was overflowing! In I Saw You . . ., Wertz collects them together, providing a short introduction to why and how she did this. The result is a very entertaining book featuring a wonderful variety of artwork from some of today's finest graphic artists as they take a sentence or two and turn it into something happy, or something sad, but always entertaining piece of art.

So whether you're looking for a laugh, or for your heart strings to be pulled by some sad words and some sad eyes, I Saw You . . . is the book for you. A perfect paperback to read through in your spare time, while on the bus to work in the morning, as you glance up at that special someone looking right back at you, never to see them again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A few misses but overall a fun read March 26, 2011
I ended up buying this book after having read most of Wertz' other work. I knew that this book was compiling work from several authors, so I knew that the artwork & storytelling abilities would differ from person to person. For the most part this is actually a pretty good book.

The listings in this are pulled from craigslist as well as other venues, but seems to be predominantly craigslist. The stories run from funny to sad to downright tragic. We see possible reactions to these listings running from the embarrassing to the joyous. Some of the more memorable strips (to me anyway) had to have been the librarian strip as well as the "cute girl in the diner" mixup.

The artwork in here ranges from the cutesy to the elaborate to the surreal. Sorry I'm not more descriptive, but you'll find all types in this book. For this reason there might be some readers who will adore one style, only to be turned off by another. The overall impression I had of this book was favorable. It's a nice cute read that's perfect for picking up & flipping through at random. I'm sure you'll find your favorite but overall most of the excerpts were gems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad May 30, 2009
This was a pretty funny book. The premise started to get old, but then I figured out that I didn't have to read it all at one time. Problem solved!

I've recommended this book to everyone I know because everyone I know is secretly obsessed with craigslist ads.
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Format:Kindle Edition
When this book came out in 2009, my girlfriend at the time asked me what I wanted for my birthday, and being in a bookstore at the time, I pointed out this book to her. At the time I had been reading through Julia Wertz's "The Fart Party" web comic, and so had been anticipating this book's release for several months. The girlfriend never actually got me the book though, so I had to actually buy it my self and give her the receipt for which she reimbursed me. With that kind of romance I was amazed when the relationship crumbled apart a few months later. Anyway...

"I Saw You..." is put together by Julia Wertz who, as mentioned, writes an autobiographic comic called the Fart Party. This collection of comics from many different artists reflects much of the humor and angst found Wertz's own work, which isn't a bad thing in itself, but it makes for a bit of a roller coaster when reading. I often find my self laughing at one story with the next leaving me with a sort of melancholic "...oh." feeling. All the comics presumably come from actual posts from Craigslist's Missed Connections sections which range from creepy stalkers in gym locker rooms to lonely people pining for lost loves to people looking to connect with a stranger they happened to meet. If you've never checked out the Craigslist Missed Connections section, you can still enjoy this collection. In fact it might be a safer introduction to the Missed Connection concept than the actual site. I don't know about your town, but in my neck of the woods, most of the missed connections can be kinda sick.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great premise! some of the cartoonists in this compilation ...
great premise! some of the cartoonists in this compilation are great. others were just good or ok. overall, though, i would definitely buy this again.
Published 8 months ago by Polly Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars and it even had some spilled coffee on it oh joy WTF!
Mine came, it was someone's non returned library book, and it even had some spilled coffee on it oh joy WTF!!
Published 9 months ago by steven wendell
4.0 out of 5 stars Mine is also a library book. Lollerskates!
I read Steven Wendells review and had a chuckle. Mine also had library tape and could very well be a weathered bathroom book. The book itself was entertaining and I'll keep it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by sheashea
5.0 out of 5 stars An original comics book
Original comics book, I enjoyed a lot reading the missed connections.
Interesting to see how different artists invented strips about the same situation.
Never boring.
Published 22 months ago by patrizia ciannamea
4.0 out of 5 stars great comic. bad low rez kindle version
i love this comic and I also own the print edition but the kindle edition is low resolution blurry and hard to read. i am going to try to get a refund.
Published on January 11, 2011 by Yaakov Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, disappointing on iPad
As I have stated on the title, I bought this book to read on my iPad, and trying to read a graphic novel purchased from Kindle bookstore on iPad is a bit disappointing. Read more
Published on August 23, 2010 by Henry H. S. Yoon
3.0 out of 5 stars Stalker anonymous
Some of the art in this is amazing! There's some serious talent on display. Sadly, the gimick wears thin quick and it all starts to look pathetic... Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Jessica Confessore
2.0 out of 5 stars dark and dirty
Pretentious dark little series of comics, only a few of which are actually funny. Graphically explicit sexual humour, particularly homosexual encounters.
Published on April 19, 2009 by eagerreader
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