- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Exit Strategy New Media; First edition (September 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996929819
- ISBN-13: 978-0996929813
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
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Max & Charlie Paperback – September 15, 2016
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"A boy searches a surreal New York City for his lost dog, learning much about the world and himself... Debut illustrator Neubert's illustrations, lavishly produced in full color on glossy paper, contribute greatly to the characterization and the storytelling, especially in the book's wordless, more fantastic sections... This urban Alice in Wonderland combines excitement and reflection to take readers on a colorfully wild ride through an archetypal New York." - Kirkus
"A rollicking, thought-provoking tale of a boy and his dog... Neubert's art is terrific... casts Manhattan in a kind of dreamy transcendence... There's a definite sense that Lieberman is trying to make some larger impact than that of a simple boy-finds-dog story... the book stands apart as a distinctive labor of love." - Foreword Reviews
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Max and Charlie by Zach Lieberman and Louis Neubert is an artistic tour-de-force. It is a graphic novel, which describes the adventures of Charlie, a young boy, as he pursues his dog Max through New York City. The book is written in the style of the psychadelic comics of the 1960s. The colors change from dark film-noir to bright Califormia pastels and back as the adventures role out.
The adventure starts with Max and Charlie flying a small spaceship in a Star Wars type episode. Back on Earth Charlie chases Max after Max runs off in pursuit of a big-eyed striped cat. They run through Central Park and then into the subway. Charlie has to re-swipe his MetroCard. A nice touch. There are a series of encounters with stereotypical New Yorkers: a pair of hefty cops, who return several times, a pizza parlor vendor, street punks, and a parade of well-dressed fashion model types.
Was it all a dream? Maybe not. There is a lot about this book which rings true. How often while on the D train have I asked myself what planet I was on. For a warm spring day, as today was, many New Yorkers shed their winter black uniforms for brightly colored fashions. It is an endless stream of wonder.
Max and Charlie is a brilliant work. Even if some adults do not get it, the kids will, as will those of us who grew up on Zap Comix.
Illustrator Louis Neubert takes us on a unique visual experience with this graphic novel. As Charlie, a small kid in a big city, continues to chase Max, we get are lead to new places, and each one seems somehow more bizarre than the last. Max & Charlie has a similar feel to Alice in Wonderland in that we are traveling “down the rabbit hole.” The characters Charlie encounters along the way are fun exaggerations of modern-day city-dwellers. We meet wise weirdos on the subway, robotic commuters in the street, mean-spirited hipster-punks on the street corner, and a pair of clueless cops at every location! All of the people Charlie meets on his journey have something to say, and it’s up to him to decide whom to listen to, and whom to ignore.
Max & Charlie is the book the kids will want to read. Author Zack Lieberman surely wrote it with a young, millennial audience in mind. It’s a fast moving page turner, and there is never a shortage of some cleverly depicted scene as is seen through Charlie’s young eyes, and illustrated by the clearly talented Louis Neubert. Max & Charlie will be popular.
This was my very first graphic novel experience, and I found myself super drawn into the format. Louis Neubert's illustrations are insane ... as in, literally, a little nuts, but straight-up, insanely awesome. The details that are left in and left out, the weird perspectives, the super bizarre (but attractive) color choices ... all of these work together to form an amazingly cohesive story, which could've been way too chaotic in the hands of someone less skilled. The way the color scheme changed from location to location and scene to scene was particularly interesting to me.
Zack's voice as a writer is both simple and complex; deep and charming. I loved the optimism, the message of embracing the chaos, and the classic spin on living in the proverbial moment. My heart was warmed by the kindness and general goodness of the characters who helped Charlie out, and while there were many moments with characters that were a little nastier, their inclusion made the warmer characters stand out, and didn't make the story too dark.
Very glad I bought this book, and excited to flip through it again and again!
Looking forward to viewing the e-book. Story is more for middle school and up. Love the visuals of the people from a child's height. Some of the characters can be scary for very young children.
Book can be read over and over because first reading you miss some of the graphics.Read it slowly and took in each picture.