- Series: Pantheon Graphic Library
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pantheon; 1 edition (December 9, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375406506
- ISBN-13: 978-0375406508
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 89 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: I love older buildings. I live in one now, and despite the single circuit electricity that shorts-out on a regular basis, the lack of insulation, and other aspects of its “charm,” the place has tales to tell. And I’m a sucker for stories. Who lived there before me? What were their lives like? Whose idea was it to paint the living room baby diarrhea green? But my limited imagination only goes back a hundred or so years, when the apartment was first built. In Here, groundbreaking graphic novelist Richard McGuire takes it much, much! further—visualizing the goings-on in a specific corner of a specific room over the course of hundreds of thousands of years (past, present, and future). The result is an orgy of the ordinary that is slyly clever and unexpectedly moving. McGuire first conceived of Here in 1989. It was a six-page comic whose influence ended up being as enduring as the room in which it is set. So, the arrival of this expanded edition is cause for much celebration in graphic novel circles, and as it turns out, in mine as well. I don’t typically read graphic novels, but Here is anything but typical. And, when I sit in my little corner of the world, I’m envisioning the future for a change—all the book-loving brethren who will inhabit that space after me, who I hope will discover and delight in Here, too. –Erin Kodicek
**A New York Times Notable Book of 2015**
Luc Sante, The New York Times Book Review
“Brilliant and revolutionary…. In “Here,” McGuire has introduced a third dimension to the flat page. He can poke holes in the space-time continuum simply by imposing frames that act as transtemporal windows into the larger frame that stands for the provisional now. “Here” is the comic-book equivalent of a scientific breakthrough. It is also a lovely evocation of the spirit of place, a family drama under the gaze of eternity and a ghost story in which all of us are enlisted to haunt and be haunted in turn.”
Chris Ware, The Guardian
“A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century…. I guarantee that you’ll remember exactly where you are, or were, when you first read it.”
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times
“Getting from here to there can be hard enough. But it has taken Richard McGuire 25 years to do something even more complicated: get form here to here….the book promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre.”
Etelka Lehoczky, npr.com
“The magic of Here is that somehow, alchemically, this sparse little exercise begins to yank on your emotions. As your eye lurches around the page, as you flip back and forth between pages, an irresistible sentiment swells. Rare among conceptual works, Here manages to tug your heart even as it undercuts your comfortable role of reader.... Meanwhile, though, the past and present humans continue their tender little lives. Telling stories, playing, making love — what will be their fate? That’s just one of the countless questions Here leaves unanswered. Even so, it’s deeply satisfying. Kind of like a story that never ends.”
Marnie Kingsley, San Antonio Current
“Imaginative and ingenious, Here transcends the canon of traditional graphic novels. McGuire discusses the inconsistencies of memory, a central theme of Speigelman’s Maus series. He readapts the labyrinthine quality of Alison Bechel’s Fun Home and focuses on the small moments of everyday experience, similar to parts of Craig Thompson’ autobiographical graphic novel Blankets. However, Here retains almost no qualities of a novel: It is non-linear, there are no distinct characters, apart from the space, and there is no plot. Despite these seemingly large hurdles, McGuire produces a reading experience that is emotional, thought-provoking and interactive.... A brisk and brilliant read, Here combines genres and styles in a meditation on impermanence and the processes of memory.”
“McGuire is able to wring a surprising array of emotions from simple lines and blocks of muted colour interspersed with deliberately hackneyed jokes and the uncanny wisdom of the everyday. And the non-chronological arrangement seems faithful to how consciousness really works, the way we shape and reshape the story of ourselves by editing and re-editing highlights from our lives. I found it compelling to shuttle around in time to discover how earlier events informed later ones. Midway through the book one character says to another: ‘Life has a flair for rhyming events.’ Clearly, McGuire does too.”
“Even as the ground beneath your feet falls away, McGuire creates poetry out of the echoes that’s both playful and moving.”
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“For the long-awaited book-length ‘Here,’ McGuire adds lavish color and some plot, but he preserves the captivating, uncanny sense of love, anger and tragedy flying across the centuries while staying in one place.”
“A new, full-color graphic novel version of Here is stunning. Over more than three hundred pages, McGuire revisits and rebuilds his original strip with flashy interiors set in vivid pastels, and landscape sequences fleshed-out in moody watercolors, computer software-built textures, and sketchy pencil lines….. memorable and executed wonderfully”
Patrick Lohier, Boingboing.net
“I soon found myself immersed and often moved. Here has the surprising depth as a magician’s top hat. The combination of the surreal and the nostalgic are mesmerizing. The book is an ingenious epic of time and space, and I think readers everywhere, and of many ages, will find it delightful.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Expanding on an influential piece that first appeared in Raw in 1989, McGuire, best known for his illustrated children’s books, explores a single patch of land (apparently in Perth Amboy, N.J.) over the course of millions of years…. The flat, hard lines produce art that looks like an approximation of Edward Hopper’s clean bright paintings, created on an outdated computer program. McGuire threads miniplots and knowing references through his hopscotch narrative, building up a head of steam that’s almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Later spreads flash with terrible and ancient supremacy, impending cataclysm, and distant, verdant renaissance, then slow to inevitable, irresistible conclusion. The muted colors and soft pencils further blur individual moments into a rich, eons-spanning whole. A gorgeous symphony.”
Booklist (starred review)
“McGuire’s quiet artwork in a subdued full-color palette reveals nuanced gestures beautifully, sometimes with precise lines, others in sketchy sepia tones, all of which emphasize the passage of time. The concept is stunningly simple, and in laying bare the universality of existence—its beauty, ugliness, and mundanity—it is utterly moving.”
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It was truly a joy to flip though these pages and it was a pleasant break from my fast-paced Batman comics. It's not for everyone since the concept is so unique, but if you’re into unique and original graphic novels, then you will most likely find this enjoyable.
It's the story of a place on Earth - a specific place. All the action is centered in a living room of a house. This house exists from the early 1900's into the mid 2100s. McGuire moves us far back (to 1870, 1775, 1620, 3M BCE) and forward (2051, 2113, 10000 (or so)). We see what was in the space before the house, way before the house, and after the house.
The time of the house's existence gets the most attention, and we see the wallpaper and paint change from 1914 to 1933 to 1959 to 1971 to 1986 to 1999 to 2007 to 2016. McGuire does an amazing job illustrating different chairs, clocks, televisions, clothing, lamps, paintings, tables, toys and other items that define a place in time. Those details are truly remarkable and stunningly accurate - it would be fascinating to watch or read an interview with Mr. McGuire and find out how much time he put into researching the Tiffany lamp or the old wooden rocker and other items.
Most significantly, he shows us how humans (and creatures) are all after the same things: eating, communicating, sleeping, romancing...simply and positively living. We see several families come and go, husbands and wives interact, children go, people age and die.
Even though it is never said, the house is set in NJ. It is evident because Benjamin Franklin and his son have a quarrel in a neighboring house in 1775. Franklin's son was the last colonial governor of NJ.
There is no narrative in Here, but it is full to the brim with stories. It is non-linear. You could have 5 pages in a row set in 1972, with the main action spanning only a matter of moments - with peeks into other times where something similar (or something irrelevant) were happening in the same space. On the other hand, one page may show 3,000,000,000 BC and the next 1915 and the next 1775. The space itself is the main "character." But through the timestamps, you come to identify other characters and flip back and forth watching their lives progress. Sometimes a vignette covers some detail in the room, to be revealed later by carefully noticing that the time of the setting was the same as something previously glimpsed. It seems every image is extremely deliberate and packed with meaning. Here is driven by subtext and attention to detail - yes, there is some dialogue (sometimes a "conversation" spanning centuries, unbeknownst to the characters shown in the space, but offered clearly clear to the reader), but not such that it is used as the driving vehicle of the text. Spoken word is offered more as a reflection. I could not put this down - when it first arrived I flipped it open and, immediately intrigued by the concept, flipped around a bit. I got home from work and started at page 1. Before I knew it, I was a small chunk of the way through and absolutely needing to attend to something else - I begrudgingly put it down. The next time I picked it up, I did not put it down until it was finished, and I had sufficiently flipped back and forth to get a clear picture. It is a mesmerizing work and it is entirely unlike anything else I know.
I have never experienced something where the medium itself plays such a role in the narration, is so defining, and is so unique. There were moments where my jaw dropped out of disappointment of shock at something happening in the space. There were times I would smile as something relatable to my own life was captured. There were moments of deep connection, seeing what life for my parents must have been like (even moments I felt I almost recognized from photos of their youth) or of my more distant ancestors. There were times I chuckled at a clever use of medium by the author, and numerous times I simply had to stop to say "that is brilliant. Simply brilliant." There were revelations, when something was uncovered, or a character reappeared that force deep introspection. The visual medium (and simply, blotchy almost watercolor style artistry) made this a history tangible in ways text alone never could be. And beyond that, given the static viewpoint, the role of perspective, and the way objects appear as different sizes and play with perspective in the space across time, make this a joy to look at and something that makes you want to pay attention to the details.
Overall, Here is shockingly powerful and a massively pleasant surprise. It has the emotive force of great art, provided as a collection that I bet will reveal more and more with repeated visits, and which begs to be revisited. It has been a long, long time since something has been so fresh and has so resonated for me.
I love HERE. I have a copy if you want to take a look. But I'll be looking back through this book for a long time.