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Twentysomething Ethan has an abundance of two things: cats and imagination. While struggling to be a comic artist, he bides his time working at an animal shelter by day and fostering a modest herd of cats in his bedroom at his parents’ home. At the moment, life seems to be dealing him nothing but frustrations—rejection letters, family arguments, girl trouble—enough to drive a creative guy crazy. Or to have him wake up in a fantasy city run by cats, where he has superpowers and rescues the local hero, Crusader Cat. This fun hybrid of the angst-ridden personal stories of indie comics and the flashy adventure of superhero comics does not push too far in either direction. Young takes time to build up his characters and story before taking a walk into the weird, and his art is beautifully rendered—the high-contrast and crisp linework calls to mind the work of Terry Moore or Scott McCloud. Refreshingly different and appealing to a broad range of ages and tastes. --Tina Coleman

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Tails has been a labor of love since the very first pencil stroke.  What started as a self-indulgent, semi-autobiographical mini-series, has blossomed into an even more self-indulgent, comedic, slice-of-life fantasy.  It all hinders on one thing, the ability to make readers resonate with a flawed protagonist, and even -- dare I say it -- like the flawed protagonist by journey's end.  This comic has acted as therapy, catharsis, and ultimately, as a surreal love letter to the things I cherish: first loves, foster cats, vegan hippies, epic fantasy, costumed heroes, and all things strange.  I hope you'll pick up a copy of Tails and feel the same way.

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Product Details

  • Series: Tails
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes Press (September 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161345015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613450154
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ethan Young was born in 1983 in NYC to Chinese immigrant parents. The youngest of 3 sons, he took to drawing at the age of 3. After attending the School of Visual Arts for one semester, Young left to pursue an illustration career. His first graphic novel, 'Tails: Life in Progress', was named Best Graphic Novel during the 2007 Independent Publishers Book Awards. His works include 'Tails', 'Comic Book Tattoo', 'Wonderlost', 'A Piggy's Tale', and 'NANJING: The Burning City'. In addition to comic book work, Young is also a prolific freelance illustrator.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Stoll on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
...and that's the mantra that I've heard since this came out. Well here's your review. I was going to read just a little on a nice Sunday afternoon. Well I hope you're happy...I read the whole thing in one sitting. Do I even need to say that the Artwork is amazing. The dialog is spot on. My God man...what more do you want from me. Do you want the begging for a comic of Catropolis? A sequel? YES PLEASE!!! What happened to these people..we want more! Seriously, this is a work from a very talented writer and artist (and dare I say...a really nice and funny guy?) Get, and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Cuinn on October 31, 2012
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You take chances with independent comics because that's the best place to find something new. There are brilliantly written but poorly drawn web comics, and beautiful but weakly-scripted art comics, and a range of titles in between. Some creators make stylistic choices, to be sure, and there are many comics by first time creators who will certainly get better. There is, above all, potential. It's huge field. Anything could be out there.

If you're very lucky, you stumble across something special. TAILS is at the perfect middle of that range of indie comics. The story, which is both fantastical and intensely personal, reads as if it was created by a seasoned author, while the traditionally-drawn art is crisp, clean, and lovely.

Young's eponymous alter-ego, "Ethan", suffers through life as an angry, under-appreciated and under-published comic book artist. Ethan's perception of his own self is so much bigger than his real world can contain, and eventually spills out into a fantasy world where he's the superhero that the city of his dreams needs.

All of that sounds like a fairly run-of-the-mill concept, but Young's deft handling of the story leaves one surprised and deeply moved. The character is unreliable as a boyfriend, a son, and a narrator, and Young lets us see the vast difference between Ethan's perception and the actions of everyone around him. The character is insecure, and dark, but at the same time, there is just enough vulnerability to him that you don't want to give up on him. He's broken, and the reasons for that are told in flashbacks and family arguments all throughout the story, but he also wants to be loved.

He just doesn't know how to make that happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Carr on April 21, 2013
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Great art and writing! Can't wait for Tail Book 2 to come out. A great insight into veganism and animal rights activism. A must read,
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