- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Original edition (March 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560979615
- ISBN-13: 978-1560979616
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boody Paperback – March 1, 2009
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“Rogers defiantly was ahead of his time, demonstrating more zeal for the medium than much of his contemporaries.”
- Rod Lott, Bookgasm
“If anyone is a comic-book pioneer, it’s Boody Rogers.”
- Gordon Flagg, Booklist
“If Hanks’s stories were fascinating for their anger, lunacy, and wild urgency, then these rediscovered gems are a revelation for being every bit as strange, but seemingly on purpose. It’s akin to David Bowie coming along and taking the unstoppable id of The Ramones and The Stooges and crafting something much more complex and layered... Get it together, America. Check out this strange book and dare to dream, one last time, because dark days are ahead, and when the bullets start flying you’ll wish you spent more time laughing.”
- Tom Batten, Brick Weekly
“A 144-page whopper, rich in humor and dreamlike oddities.”
- Michael H. Price, Fort Worth Business Press
“Nearly everyone who’s come across his work had come away an admirer…Boody Rogers's comics are truly unlike anything else.”
- Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama
“[Rogers’s] imagination was clearly light year beyond many of his contemporaries…a cartoonist’s cartoonist.”
- Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch
“Publisher Fantagraphics has restored the color and images to its typical standards of quality...not to mention standards of unapologetic weirdness.”
- The Oklahoma Gazette
“Funny with a touch of madness.”
- The Onion A.V. Club
“Boody: The Bizarre Comics of Boody Rogers is a real revelation... Boody Rogers' stories... don't seem to follow narrative structure. They're like Robert Crumb crossed with Li'l Abner. And they are amazing. This is the book to get if you think you know anything about comic book history; it will show you something you never would have thought existed.”
- Paul Constant, The Stranger
“This is one of the funniest comics I’ve ever read, and all I do is read comics…Just looking at his drawings makes me laugh…This book is essential. Get it or get out.”
- Nick Gazin, Vice
“Boody Rogers’s work was and is a visual storm front that keeps you turning pages. I only wish our more legitimate fine art doyens and high cultured dictators of today could bring themselves down to this level of imaginative epiphany.”
- Robert Williams, artist and author of Malicious Resplendence and Hysteria in Remission
“Boody's absurdism is patently blue-collar. There is nothing heady or cynical or mean-spirited in these strips. They owe far more to the tradition of wives tales and folk legends than Kafka. As their syndication would likely demand, Boody’s bizarre comics are Golden Age nuggets of an off-kilter author who found a particular release in his medium.”
- Erik Hinton, PopMatters
- Mike Carey, author of Unwritten
About the Author
Craig Yoe is the author and designer of over 25 books on popular culture. He is the former VPGM/Creative Director of The Muppets, working closely with Jim Henson and is a former Vice President Art Director for Disney. He was a Consulting Creative Director of Nickelodeon and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at Syracuse University. He has garnered a Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, an Addy, and a Will Eisner Award, holds six patents for toy inventions, and has curated exhibits in museums from Japan to New York. His books include the Hotwire series and Bella Donna: The Pin-Up Girls of Kremos.
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The book reprints some of Rogers' comic stories just the way they looked like in the late 40's, with the original ben-day coloring process used in those days. Even the cover seems to be aged and dated with it's faux creases and torn spine and badly printed colors (don't worry, this is just a printing illusion as the cover is in perfect state and sturdy as are the interior pages which are thick and clean; this book will last for an eternity). Absolutely fabulous. Though I agree that a better input on the artist himself would have made this a truly cult item. Who was Boody Rogers and how come we have never heard of him before?
Kudos to Craig Yoe and Fantagraphics for bringing us this blast from the past, and here's hoping for many more books like this.
Very highly recommended!!!
Also, I would have appreciated some info from Yoe in his foreword about the project of compiling this book; for example, how much of the available Rogers canon the book represents. If it's 100%, that explains why the two Rogers comics that were reprinted in Dan Nadel's "Art Out of Time" anthology are also present here. If not, then there's no excuse for the redundancy, as most fans are likely to buy both collections, I think.
The whole dark, gritty violent tripe is way overdue to catch a boot and Boody is the perfect remedy for the occasion.
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The comic are not bad. But the editor is. Stories have been cutted in half. They don't finish. This is very dissapointing.Read more
What's notably missing from this book are a table of contents, page numbers, original...Read more