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The Nobody Hardcover – July 7, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220800
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220808
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.9 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
The tiny, isolated fising village of Large Mouth never saw much excitement—until the arrival of the stranger, that is. Wrapped from head to toe in bandages and wearing weird goggles, he quietly took up residence in the sleepy town's motel.

Driven by curiousity, the townfolk quickly learn the tragic story of his past, and of the terrible accident that left him horribly disfigured. Eventually, the town embraces the stranger as one of their own—but do his bandages hide more than just scars?

A Q&A with Jeff Lemire

Question: The Nobody is loosely based on The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells. What about that classic novel piqued your creative impulse?

Jeff Lemire: I’ve always been a big fan of H.G. Wells; in fact The Time Machine or The Invisible Man may well have been one of the very first science fiction novels I ever read as a child. But, specifically with The Invisible Man, I have always been fascinated with the idea of a bandaged stranger. On a purely visual level, it is just a cool character design, and on a deeper level he is the perfect cipher, like an empty vessel with which you can do anything. I think that’s why there is such a long history of bandaged characters, particularly at DC, with Unknown Soldier, The Doom Patrol, and Hush. Also, anyone who knows my work, knows that I love to explore small towns and rural life, and the original novel has this amazing set up of this bizarre outsider showing up, and setting a tiny community abuzz. As soon as I started thinking about that, it seemed like a natural mix with my own ideas and interests.

Question: When referencing a classic work like The Invisible Man, how do you remain true to the spirit of the original while making something wholly new and contemporary?

Jeff Lemire: For me that was easy, because, as I’ve said before, all of my past work has been set in small rural communities, so this was no different. It was basically me taking Wells’ set-up then twisting it into my own thing. And, while there are allusions and nods to the original text, it really does go off on its own path from the start. But, at its core it is an exploration of madness, loneliness and the dark side of rural life, which to me lines up perfectly with Wells’ vision.

Question: What do you think H.G. Wells would think of your graphic novel?

Jeff Lemire: That’s a really tough question to answer, and one I had to stop thinking too much about while working on The Nobody, because the work of a master storyteller like H.G. Wells is something I could never hope to live up to. But, having said that, I would hope that he would recognize that the book was created with total respect of the source material, and as a testament to the iconic character he created so many years ago.

Question: Your artwork in The Nobody speaks volumes with its sparse text and subtle panels. What artists and authors have influenced your work?

Jeff Lemire: I do tend to try and say as much with the artwork as possible, and when I do use text; I generally try to strip it down to the essentials. And, that tends to reflect the often sparse and cold settings of my work, and the loneliness of the characters that inhabit them. I think the main influences of this style of storytelling would be cinematic. Filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Ingmar Bergman, Tarkovsky and Kubrick. And, a very large influence on The Nobody was also David Lynch, particularly Twin Peaks, which I’ve been a devoted fanatic of since it originally aired in the early 90s. All that weirdness going on under the surface of a Northwestern logging town obviously rubbed off on me and found its way into The Nobody.

From a comics point of view the bold, expressive work of cartoonists like Jose Munoz, Igort, Paul Pope, Gipi and Dave McKean are big influences.

Review

"* "A quality work from a creator with a unique voice... its haunting mystery lingers long after you close the book." - Comic Book Resources * "I've read Jeff Lemire's reinterpretation on H. G. Wells's classic novel, and it's damned good. Everybody buy it!" - Comic Forums" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed monthly comic book series SWEET TOOTH published by DC/Vertigo and the award winning graphic novel ESSEX COUNTY published by Top Shelf. He also writes ANIMAL MAN, FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. and SUPERBOY for DC Comics.

In 2008 Jeff won the Schuster Award for Best Canadian Cartoonist, and The Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent. He also won the American Library Association's prestigious Alex Award, recognizing books for adults with specific teen appeal. In 2010 Essex County was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade!

Recently named one of Wizard magazines 25 "rising stars", Jeff is also hard at work on a new graphic novel for Top Shelf called THE UNDERWATER WELDER, due in 2012. He currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife and son.

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The character of the Nobody is really well done, though, actually...all the characters are well thought-out.
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If you're a fan of Jeff Lemire and already read The Essex County Trilogy and still want more than check this out its a solid read.
Charlie Black
Jeff Lemire creates an entrancing work with both words and art in his contribution to the invisible man mythology.
Robert D. Kidd, Jr.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Kidd, Jr. on July 12, 2009
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Jeff Lemire creates an entrancing work with both words and art in his contribution to the invisible man mythology. The two tone character of the panels is well done (a technique which is harder than it looks). This book has a way of creeping up on you and all of a sudden you are transported into the small town of Large Mouth and all the citizens that inhabit it. Lemire showed himself to be a great talent in the comic world with his "Essex County" trilogy and this latest work takes his talent and ability to the next level. He takes chances with some of the panels and lay out which only enhances the experience. Found myself reading it a second time after I had finished just to pick up all the things that I missed in the first read. It doesn't get much better than this in the graphic novel world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j. west on August 5, 2012
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I have become a really huge fan of Jeff Lemire. I first noticed him on his Sweet Thooth series from Vertigo, Superboy from DC and I enjoyed those books alot and I heard reviews about his Essex County (but have not read it yet). Then I followed him onto Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of Shade and now Justice League Dark. I picked up his Lost Dogs and The Nobody without knowing anything about either book, just becuase they were his work, and loved both of them. I personally enjoyed The Nobody more but both books are very well done. Lost Dogs is his 1st published work and is a bit more raw in story and artwork. But I now have the Complete Essex County trade and his Underwater Welder Hardcover sitting at my Comic store waiting for me. Which I can't wait to get my hands on and read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Black on November 27, 2010
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If you're a fan of Jeff Lemire and already read The Essex County Trilogy and still want more than check this out its a solid read.
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Such an amazing work by Jeff Lemire. I've heard that it's not his best work, but I couldn't help loving the art and story.
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By J. Smallridge on September 9, 2011
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I enjoyed this work -- the writing, the illustration, the sense of desolation in the people and the place -- but I can't really tell you what Lemire was trying to convey. I'm still thinking about that, in fact. Not because he failed, but because he is really thoughtful here. If he was trying to convey that what we see in others may be how we see ourselves, then this story is all the better ...
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