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The Art of Tony Millionaire Hardcover – September 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821584
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,283 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Newyorkita on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
you can look at it all day long, and all night long, Tony Millionaire is a treat for the eyes, and an inspiration to anyone who wants to draw, thinks he/she can draw, or has ever had an idea or given a crow an alcoholic drink.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anca Susan on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Tony Millionaire is a figure of the stature of Mark Twain -- an American original who is less famous than he should be because he works in comic books. This brings together hard to find Millionaire material and is a must have for anyone interested in the novel, graphics, the past, the present, and what it is to be a human. IT is also really funny and has millions of great jokes. And plenty of sex.
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The Art of Tony Millionaire is both a beautiful coffee table book and a long narrative of the artist's life, from growing up in an artistic family to his establishment of himself in the profession. Musician Elvis Costello opens the book with an explanation of what it's like to make a career as an artist with an assumed name, and the various pressures that result, like in the case of Mark Twain or Lewis Carroll or even Elvis himself.

Millionaire's work has appeared in so many places (Saturday Night Live, Adult Swim, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Believer, anthologies, animated features, and of course Maakies and Sock Monkey) that he has a wealth of work to choose from. Millionaire likes to have fun both in his artwork and in his writing about it, so some of it's tongue-in-cheek but the overall effect of the entire work is a wonderful look back from a wildly inventive and creative artist.

Millionaire has always been a daring artist, which is evident here. Some of the work is rarely seen before, some of it popular. I love Millionaire's writing style as much as his art. He has a way with words that is fun and never intrusive; the text guides you through this collection nicely.

The Art of Tony Millionaire will probably appeal most to those who are already fans, but if you aren't familiar with his artwork, you'll find his work a breath of fresh air.

-- John Hogan
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By booksy on February 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was only vaguely familiar with Millionaire's work, and picked the book up just because of the beautiful drawing on the cover. I'm so glad I did! This guy is a comic genius! The book is basically a hodge-podge of artwork that Mr. Millionaire has done over the years, inter-woven with hilarious stories about his life. Looking at his photos and stories makes me want to laugh and weep at the same time, they are so poignant and touching, yet also funny.

I felt like I was looking through somebody's scrapbook of artwork that they'd collected over the years. I really got a feeling that I was a kid again, that I was playing with the characters that he draws, and I felt like my imagination was being opened just by thumbing through the book and reading the stories. I can't put into words how much I loved this book, it was just perfect.
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