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Cash & Carry Paperback – February 15, 2008

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Old-fashioned cloak-and-dagger stories are rare in graphic novels, in which flashier, otherworldly scenarios usually trump more prosaic ones. In this tale of intrigue and double-crossing industrial spies, the artwork takes a backseat to a down-to-earth, gripping story line. Broderick continues his Odd Jobs series, begun in Something to Build Upon (2005), by sending protagonist David Diangelo on a perilous cross-country trip with a mysterious briefcase. Freelancing as a courier for the nebulous firm of Benton & Howell, Diangelo heads for Vegas carrying either a valuable disk or simply an empty briefcase. Along the way, he stumbles across a dead body in a hotel room and tangles with a pair from a rival organization, proving that his latest odd job may be one he barely escapes with his life. Broderick’s boxy, minimalist pen-and-ink drawings may not win any artistic awards, but his sure command of plot and dialogue has already earned him an option from Warner Brothers for a possible TV series based on Diangelo’s unusual escapades. --Carl Hays

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"Old-fashioned cloak-and-dagger stories are rare in graphic novels, in which flashier, otherworldly scenarios usually trump more prosaic ones. In this tale of intrigue and double-crossing industrial spies, the artwork takes a backseat to a down-to-earth, gripping story line. Broderick¹s boxy, minimalist pen-and-ink drawings may not win any artistic awards, but his sure command of plot and dialogue has already earned him an option from Warner Brothers for a possible TV series based on Diangelo's unusual escapades." --Booklist

With a clear, cartoony style and solid storytelling, Tim Broderick entices you into the seamy world of Odd Jobs. --Gene Yang, National Book Award nominee and winner of the American Library Association's Printz Award for American Born Chinese

A deceptively textured commentary on the vagaries of modern life and the loss of privacy, CASH & CARRY is a fine blend of comic strip and corruption, of panic and paranoia. It's both fun and frightening. --Reed Farrel Coleman, Shamus, Barry, and Anthony Award-winning author of Soul Patch
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Echelon Press Publishing (February 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590805682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590805688
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,516,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael J. South on August 16, 2012
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I have been reading the Odd Jobs series as a webcomic. This one is only available on the web as a 30 page preview, though, so I came over here and there happened to be a used copy (signed by the author, as it turned out--bonus!).

Wow. I wasn't prepared for how much nicer it was to read on a printed page. I already like Broderick's work, but looking at it in print, you can see the art in the way it was meant to be seen, I guess.

This is a great story. As with all the Odd Jobs books, it throws you into the middle of a running situation that grows in complexity until the big reveal at the end (which has its own complexity). It's amazing how much "story per page" Broderick puts in (there was a negative review here talking about the fact that this seems to only be part of a larger story--to me, that's kind of the point of all of Broderick's writing--everything is always connected out to something else, and you're always learning a little here and a little there about those threads).

Broderick's noir-without-trying-too-hard style has such a distinct feel--makes me think it should be classed in a "noirpunk" subgenre or something.

I'll definitely look at picking up more of his work in print now that I've had the "printed experience" :). Here's hoping the Odd Jobs series has a long and healthy life!
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Tim Broderick tells an excellent story. As the Amazon blurb notes, the art is simple and effective. You'll want to read more of Diangelo's adventures, and the subtext about the increasing amount of our lives that are able to be monitored via credit card transactions, online sign-ins, etc., is skillfully woven in. Best of all, it uses some noir conventions without caricaturizing the form.
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I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Tim Broderick does a great job of intriguing the reader with various plot points, lots of twists and turns as well as great characterization. His cartooning style is noirish, natural and easy on the eyes. The protagonist is wise and world weary--just like an unlikely detective should be.
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Cash & Carry seemed like only a small part of an okay story. It seemed like there potentially was a lot of important story information left out or unclear, and most of the important information that were there delivered awkwardly in giant chunks of dialog. The whole thing just felt very awkward and forced. The artwork was alright, though.
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