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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Blind Ferret Entertainment (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926838203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926838205
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

The bright watercolors and adorable almost-poems that fill "The Bear," represent a new dad's heartwarming reflections on the nurturing relationship between father and child -- and how it can work both ways. --Huffington Post

About the Author

Ryan Sohmer is the award winning author of "Least I Could Do", "Looking For Group" as well as "Gutters". When not working on his many comic properties, Sohmer can be found building Legos and practicing his crossbow skills. Sohmer lives in Montreal, Canada with his loving wife and awesome son.

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At just 35 years of age, Ryan Sohmer has amassed a body of comics writing work that rivals those twice his age.

In 2003, Sohmer created Least I Could Do, a newspaper-style strip that is published online daily at www.licd.com . The strip follows Rayne Summers, a not-so average narcissistic 20-something who is living a life that is best described as "consequence free." Joining Rayne are his best friends, Noel, John, Mick, and Issa. Over the years, the cast has ballooned to include over 30 different characters, each one playing an intricate role in the life of Rayne Summers.

In the midst of all this, Sohmer worked as freelance writer and columnist. His "According To Me" column was published in over 100 newspapers in Canada and the United States.

Least I Could Do has enjoyed immense popularity, regularly seeing over 30 Million page views a month. Nine volumes of Least I Could Do strips have been published.

Sohmer also created and writes the incredibly popular comic Looking For Group. A fantasy-comedy, Looking For Group centers around a group of warriors including the heroic Cale, and the wildly popular Richard The Undead Warlock. Looking For Group is published twice a week at www.lfgcomic.com and has been released in six hardcover collections. Looking For Group enjoys a readership of well over a million people, both online and in print.

In 2008 Sohmer and deSouza won a Shuster Award for their work on both Looking For Group and Least I Could Do.

Combining the Least I Could Do books, the Looking For Group hardcover and single issues, over 30,000 books have been sold directly to fans, as well as through Diamond, which signed a deal with Blind Ferret Entertainment, the parent company of Sohmer's creative endeavours.

In 2008 Sohmer and deSouza brought Least I Could Do to a 7-day publishing schedule with the debut of LICD: Beginnings, a Sunday-style comic focusing on the childhood adventures of Rayne Summers. Even with this hectic schedule, Least I Could Do and Looking For Group are published on time and regularly, a distinction that most web-based comics do not enjoy.

Into this mix Sohmer has now added Gutters (a parody of the comic book industry, The Bear and its sequel (a picture book for children and parent's alike), and Kapshen (a satirical view of the current political landscape).

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The art is beautiful and the words are so perfect.
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Overall I give this book 5 stars because I bought another copy after reading the first one.
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This is a gorgeous book that will make parents both cry and laugh.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rose on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Funny, tender, and so very true...the artwork in this book is amazing, and the author's quasi-poetic observations are witty and often very touching. Anyone with a new baby definitely would enjoy this book! It takes a light-hearted look at parenting without being overly sentimental or saccharine.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ruben on November 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Okay, first of all, I love this book. I fell in love with it when I saw the very first draft on Ryan's page [...], long before he launched the kickstarter campaign. I revelled in every piece of artwork he published, I craved for the day when the book would ship and reach me. Now I have it, and I still believe this is a - if not the - most marvelous book on the topic "How parents look at their children" that I have ever seen. Heartwarming, charming, simply wonderful.

And yet.

I heavy-heartedly chose to deduct two points here, one each for two items that - while they do not spoil the five star rating for me - might do so for others.

Point one: The book "fits" a dad-to-son-relation more than it does for moms or girls (this is true for only some four or so drawings, but still). This makes sense, as Ryan wanted to create something for his firstborn child, who is a boy. I am dad of a girl, and I don't mind; my wife, however, noticed. She probably was looking for something mother-girl-specific? I don't know. In any case, while I would not think twice (except for reason number two, below) to give this book as a present to first-time parents (or rather: the first time dad) of a boy, I might do so for first-time parents (or rather: the mother) of a girl.

Point two: there is one singular comic in the book that I'd rather not have had in there. This has also been indicated by some other reviewers, but so far noone pointed out the details, and I think it is important. The text of one of the drawings reads "I've Heard it Said, that even Hitler was a Baby; Mabye. But He Was Never This Cute." I am German, and I have to admit that when I had read this on page 13, I re-read it quite a few times, trying to get it. I didn't. I still haven't.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Natasha Bush on December 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I got this as a supporter of the Kickstarter project and love every page of this book. It is beautifully illustrated and every parent can relate to it. It is focused on the relationship between fathers and their sons, and as a mother, I think it's fantastic and chuckle at some pages and find other really sweet and deep. I think Sohmer's son is lucky to have a father who has created something so special and personal for his son and shared it with the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dominique DeMille on December 5, 2012
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I got a copy of this book via it's kickstarter and was brought to tears by many of the pages. Some are definitely more touching than others, some more humorous than others (and granted there's just a couple I found neither touching nor humorous, but they can be excused because we're all different and this book was incredibly personal to the author.) I actually got an additional copy through Amazon for my in-laws who are grandparents of 6 wonderful kids. Many of the pages are identifiable for both moms and dads of sons or daughters (though not all).

Overall I give this book 5 stars because I bought another copy after reading the first one. It really brought tears to my eyes and made me want to hold my children closer to me while reading it. That's a testament to the power of shared parenthood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bouwman on December 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I first saw the idea of the book, with some concept art, on the author's site, and I fell in love with some of the quotes.

At the time we weren't even considering kids...

I've just received the book, and with my girlfriend only 8 weeks from giving birth, I relish the opportunity to reflect on Ryan's experiences, and compare them to my own insights.

Highly recommended!

JB
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fan on December 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Loved it! This book makes me smile everytime I read it. This is a must have for any new parent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon on December 1, 2012
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Bought this book for my brother the new parent. A very high quality book full of new parent chuckles and awwwws. Definitely would buy again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith G Brown on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I participated in the kickstarter campaign for this book because I loved the snippets of artwork I saw. Now that I own the book it was a great purchase. Each page is filled with lovely artwork. The artwork combined with the small sayings on each page melts your heart every time you read the book. This is a great book for early reader and the parent will continue to love it even after the child grows bored with it just for the memories of your child that each page sparks.
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