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Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident (Sock Monkey (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – October 16, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Sock Monkey (Graphic Novels)
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (October 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078420
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078423
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in the fishing town of Gloucester Massachusetts, a town full of fishermen and seascape painters. My grandparents were artists, they taught me how to use ink pens and oil paint. My grandpop showed me lots of old newspaper comics he had saved, old ones, Roy Crane, Lionel Feininger, Winsor McKay. When I was in college I discovered R. Crumb and S. Clay Wilson. I drew a lot of perverted comics, until one day I discovered George Herriman, the grandfather of American comics. The true master. People often ask me if comics are "art." Whatever, I don't care what you call them, but when you're immersed in a collection of Herriman Sundays you understand what they're getting at.
I love funny comics but I love moving, emotional, poetical comics, too. Preferably a mixture of both.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By balutakat on January 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read all of Mr. Millionaire's work, and recommend it to friends with precautionary statements depending on which ones they want - Maakies will double some people over with laughter and fill others with disgust, for example. The Sock Monkey tales hurt me in a subtle way the same way Velveteen Rabbit hurt me; I've had to go fish toys out of my neighbor's trash cans in the middle of the night because of it. "The Inches Incident" validates my belief in the subtle souls of certain toys, no matter what their condition. Captain Oyster says it best at the end - but I won't spoil it for you. More philosophy than that book with the Tin Man, and graphics that will hit you like a repeating brass nine pounder - go buy this one. Send it anonymously to that flustered looking hippie girl in the mail department. Give it to your Grandfather who was in the Navy to read to your kids. And keep a copy for yourself on your "inspiration" bookshelf. You won't be sorry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Ross on October 22, 2007
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After discovering Tony Millionaire by accident, I bought this book first, since it was available at a little retail comic store near where I lived. I've never read comics though. The drawing here is so interesting and detailed that you can delight in the artwork alone. But the scenes are bizarre and imaginative and manic in their pace. After combing through a few pages I decided it was safe to introduce to my 8 year old daughter, who happens to like slightly twisted stuff. Well, she LOVES this book. We had a great time reading through it together, laughing at the situations and marvelling at the world created in the drawing.

Something has gotten into poor adorable "inches", and she has cast her friends into the sea. Our story begins with Sock Monkey and Mr. Crow attempting their escape from a ship sailed by Oyster Joe. If the first few frames of this don't draw you in and crack you up, then just keep going. The scenes with "giant skunk", "live racoon", and "panda" had my girl in tears. Oyster Joe sailing a piano off to sea while playing and singing, (as if this were just another day at sea), is taken in stride, as are the fragments of dear "inches" that heroically remain at the end of the story. What!?

To me, this stuff is really special because it's weird and beautiful and still safe and funny for a little kid. I don't know whether Mr. Millionaire had kids in mind, but to me, this is (among other things) a kids book like no other! I love it too; this book is a home run!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on April 19, 2012
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One of my biggest complaints with alternative comics is that many of them seem to be mere exercises in pointless razzle dazzle that leaves you wondering if the artist really had any destination in mind beyond some half baked concoction. Now I'm not going to tell you that Sock Monkey is necessarily the most brilliant and cathartic work of literary genius, but it is an interesting and surreal adventure that's often quirky and humorous, and it serves up a narrative that actually moves to a unique destination. Whether this brew of comic talent is for you or not is tough to say because it's quite original and hard to compare to. Sock Monkey is certainly a quirky creation with a bizarre and subtly spectral cast of strangely lovable living dolls. While there are some flashes of Herriman and Crumb from time to time, Tony Millionaire's creations are a little darker yet still very fun and beautifully drawn. In this sense he uniquely distances himself from his mentors and serves up something that is unique and endearingly fun to read.
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By Evan Leigh Lehman on October 12, 2008
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You have to appreciate Tony Millionaire's sense of humor and story telling to really appreciate his books, but in any case, the artwork is astonishing. My daughter and I appreciated it from different perspectives.
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