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The Book of Grickle Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Originals (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595824308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595824301
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Annable (born June 1, 1970, in Canada) is a cartoonist and animator living in Portland, Oregon. His work is described as "visual poetry" and "life and death with googley eyes!" He is the creator of the Book of Grickle, published by Dark Horse, and one of the founders of the Hickee humor anthology (published by Alternative Comics). Annable has created works for the television, film, video game, and comic book industries. The thought-provoking video game series, "Puzzle Agent" was based on his Grickle universe. He recently co-directed the animated feature "The Boxtrolls" from Laika. His self-produced short animated films are popular among YouTube watchers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Graham Annable's award-nominated decade long comic strip series "Grickle" gets a collected "best of" in this lovely hardback edition from Dark Horse.

Annable's day job is an animator and seeing the drawings of Grickle you can see that clearly. Varying from 6 to 12 panels a page, the one-step-up-from-stickmen characters in Annable's worlds move around fluidly and eye-catchingly.

The stories are fantastic and really funny. They range from pathos to humour and excel wonderfully at both. "Misery and his company" features two grandchildren pretending to be a policeman and a crack dealer in front of their sour faced grandpa with a great punchline from the grandpa at the end. "Decency" features two youngsters killing a frog with stones, while "Old Man River" enacts a real life event from 19th century America and gives death a magical, beautiful rendering.

While most of Annable's strips concern real life events he dares to dream and takes us onto space missions on distant moons, alien races invading other alien worlds only to be defeated by toothpaste, strange little people showing up, and a life lived under the sea.

My favourite was the longest story here "By Necessity" which deals with relationships brilliantly and features the funniest one liner about a dead wombat ever written.

I'd never heard of Annable but I'm glad I took a chance on this guy's work as it's amazingly funny and the stories are really well told. I highly recommend it to comics fans looking for a good read.
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By bob on November 30, 2011
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Don't expect to be lost in this book for hours, It probably won't take much more than an hour to read even if you take your time. It is very amusing and charming. I felt that some of the stories that fell a little flat while others were timeless. My favorite story was the one that ended with the word "Hero". You will know exactly what I mean if you read the book.
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I have personally become a big fan of Graham Annable through the recent releases of the adventure game - Puzzle Agent. I found the art and sense of humor to be spot on. The same goes for this little treasure of a book. The main disappointment anyone can have with this is that there really isn't enough of it! There are a lot of frames where very little happens so it becomes a mega-quick read. Still, I found it very enjoyable and memorable while it lasted, and the book is made of high quality material. Buy it and have some fun! Support awesome artists!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Mangual on October 1, 2010
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Great looking hardcover book. The comics are funny and charming and the presentation is well done. Inspired to check this out from the artists computer game with a similar style, Puzzle Agent.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. W. Young on March 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story with the frog brought a tear to my eye, but the rest of Grickle features comic-strip level stories and pedestrian artwork. It may be the point that the drawings are completely 2-dimensional and unremarkable. but ultimately, this is a forgettable exercise.
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