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Baker returns to the genre scene with his first book-length narrative since Why I Hate Saturn (1990), the clever sendup of the downtown bar and dating scene of 1980s New York that became an underground comics classic. Here, Baker does New York City again, but this time strictly for laughs. Noel Coleman, a handsome, momentarily reformed criminal, falls big time for Helen, a beautiful redhead and sensitive New Age spiritualist and animal lover. An unlikely couple? Of course, so Coleman lies through his teeth about his spectacularly checkered past. Helen discovers his sleazy life story anyway, just as a media-lionized serial killer (a hilarious Robert Mitchum look-alike) goes after Coleman for seducing his wife. Besides the pleasures of Baker's wisecracking dialogue, there's a rousing chase through Central Park and a breathtaking fight to the finish with the would-be killer aboard the Staten Island Ferry, all rendered in a combination of virtuoso comics draftsmanship and richly saturated coloring. Never mind the thin veneer of pop sophistication attached to many graphic novels: this is an unpretentious, rip-roaringly entertaining comic book farce.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563894424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563894428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,093,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lady detective on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
what fun!
when i first found this book, and began flipping through the pages with a friend- i saw the blood and the naked women, and began to think i'd gotten the wrong book. it appeared so violent and gang-bangish. i was WRONG.
once i began to read the story of the bambi-eyed nature lover, and her conning boyfriend who really just wants to erase the past and begin fresh (with a zillion obstacles thrown in his path), i was delighted!
the blood and naked women are still there (and that bit all depends on your opinions of violence, etc.), but the story is infused with such warmth, humor and fun, i was able to disregard the violence. but be warned, this graphic novel is not for kids, mature readers only!
for all of you mature readers :)- look forward to a delightful tale. the price is steep for a book you can read in less than an hour, so i recommend borrowing it from a friend, or the library (like i did).
enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hint: Amazon.com needs to load the cover of this book so people can get a sense of Baker's phenomenal art. "You Are Here" tells the story of an artist from the city who finds the woman of his dreams in idyllic upstate New York. They have little in common except love, and she knows nothing about his shady past... He goes back to NYC to sell his apartment so he can move to the country permanently and is distressed when his fiance shows up to surprise him. What happens after that in "You Are Here" is both comic and tragic. The art is gorgeous; the colors are unbelievably rich and seem to be very well-reproduced. I can't wait to get his other books, "The Cowboy Wally Show" and "Why I Hate Saturn."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Galbraith Ryer on January 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Kyle Baker, having already read "Cowboy Wally" and "Why I Hate Saturn", so I had high expectations when I got this book for Christmas. They were met and exceeded. Great art and great story. The first few pages pulled me in immediately, and the last few left me thinking about it for days. I particularly liked how he presented three people all arguing in different languages. Check out "I Die at Midnight" too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bramkamp (paul.bramkamp@boxlight.com) on October 22, 1999
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Kyle Baker is a remarkable artist and this third book is probably his best (although he was hard-pressed to beat "Cowboy Wally"). The graphic interpretation of emotions does not go overboard, while at the same time conveying a perfect balance to the text. Great story, beautiful artwork, Kyle Baker in true form!
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