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Safari Honeymoon Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Worms, infections, and tongue-replacing parasites abound in this graphic noveland, once you've read it, in your subconscious as well.” Tobias Carroll, Paste
"Jesse Jacobs creates beautiful art and his comics have a fantasy dreamlike aspect that is at once charming and horrifying." Bryan Munn, Sequential
The back-to-the-land arch doesn’t quite capture how sublimely strange Jacobs’ world is, but it gets to the message all the same: it’s the alienation from the land that makes the place horrible.” David Berry, National Post
Every page of this book could be torn out and framed. Seriously.” Nadxi Nieto, Electric Literature
it’s the art that elevates it into exceptional territory; appropriately lush, splendidly intricate sequences each page gorgeously psychedelic with much to pore over.” Zainab Akhtar, Comics & Cola
Jacobs’ book is not only a weird and whimsical visual treat, but an example of equally strong storytelling that holds its own, elevating it way above your typical art comic.’” Whit Taylor
Part jungle adventure, part psychedelic sojourn”, part biblical allegory, part gender study, part contemporary commentary, Safari Honeymoon is much more than the sum of its parts; it becomes its own thing by being unlike almost anything else.” Daniel Elkin, Your Chicken Enemy
Like the characters, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the terrain as Jacobs reveals more of this land’s hidden secrets. This makes for an especially enchanting read, even during the moments of grotesque horror.” Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
A demented exploration of unfamiliar wilderness, Jacobs’ absurdist horror story deftly comments on and sends up invasive species and Western explorers alike.” Jeff VanderMeer, Electric Lit
Presenting nature as a pitiless arena for survival of the fittest isn’t the most original of scenarios, but Jacobs’ presentation is wonderfully fresh and drolly humorous a genuinely personal vision [he] is a cartoonist gifted with tremendous imagination and one-of-a-kind visual acumen.” Rob Kirby, The Comics Journal
The work of an ingenious and fertile imagination this is a book where visual execution is unashamedly at the forefront of narrative drive in immersing the reader in a most intricately constructed realm of weirdness.” Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier
Safari Honeymoon is Summer 2014’s sleeper hit of acid.” Greg Mannix, End of the Universe
When reading Jesse Jacobs’ Safari Honeymoon the primary feeling is one of total immersion. It’s not just a graphic novel about a newlywed couple taking their honeymoon in a strange, dangerous environment, it’s a sensory experience that engulfs the reader in an intricately detailed biosystem of horrific parasites, alien foliage, and geometric spirits.” Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
In a recent interview, Jacobs said that if he weren’t a cartoonist he would probably have been a farmer. With Safari Honeymoon it seems that Jacobs has managed to be both at once, albeit a farmer in which the reader is the field to be planted.” Jared Gardner, Ohio State University Professor of English and Film, Public Books
Prime strange amusement.” Ray Olson, Booklist
In a recent interview, Jacobs said that if he weren’t a cartoonist he would probably have been a farmer. With Safari Honeymoon it seems that Jacobs has managed to be both at once, albeit a farmer in which the reader is the field to be planted.” Jared Gardner, Public Books
What at first seems like a familiar story trope an older, rich lout and nubile, young wife go on safari led by a macho, knowledgeable guide becomes under Jacobs’ hands something altogether strange, haunting, unexpected and altogether extraordinary.” Chris Mautner, Comic Book Resources
Pixelated robots, ropey organisms, swirling creatures of the cosmos, and even a bundle of intergalactic puppies feature in Jesse’s work, and we really cannot get enough of the meteoric illustrations.” Madeleine Morley, It’s Nice That
Safari Honeymoon, Jacobs’s new book, is narrower in scope [than By This Shall You Know Him], but in many ways even stranger and more impressive.” Gabriel Winslow-Yost, The New York Review of Books
Jacobs makes some of the most intricate, most fascinating, and oddest stories in comics today.” Publishers Weekly
The central motif here is parasitic transformation one species crawling into another and overtaking its body and, by its end, the book has shifted from an eccentric satire to a vision of union with monstrous nature.” Douglas Wolk, The New York Times
That the London, Ontario cartoonist cut his teeth working on TV’s Adventure Time makes sense, given the almost stop-motion quality of his critters throughout. But the artist’s concern with the squishy, tactile processes of mutation, infection, and evolution goes beyond what animation captures of life, and gestures instead toward the natural world in all its bewildering complexity.” Sean Rogers, The Globe and Mail
Jesse Jacobs’ last graphic novelBy This You Shall Know Himis probably one of my top 5 favorite comics of the past half decade, making his latestSafari Honeymoonone of the books I’ve been most anticipating this year. His comics are weird, smart, beautifully designed and always surprising.” Rich Barrett, mental_floss
Part jungle adventure, part psychedelic sojourn”, part biblical allegory, part gender study, part contemporary commentary, Safari Honeymoon is much more than the sum of its parts; it becomes its own thing by being unlike almost anything else.” Daniel Elkin, Comics Bulletin
Safari Honeymoon, as an exemplar of the next generation of comics storytelling, takes the medium to a different place, a place that may be best analogous to poetry.” Jason Sacks, Comics Bulletin
An exciting work for anyone interested in comics form and the medium’s possibilities, it rewards multiple readings and close analysis for me, it’s one of the best graphic novels to come along in years. I couldn’t recommend it more enthusiastically.” Ken Parille, The Comics Journal
My favourite of Jesse Jacobs’ books, and another treasured addition to my Koyama Press shelf.” Camilla Barboza, Orbital Comics
It's not a matter of whether you'll get it or not; Jacobs has once again put together beautiful work that's worthwhile, and so unique that it will have you talking for quite some time. Seriously, you won't find anything else like it out this year.” Ollie Ottoman, Ground Control Magazine
The best thing about my reading of Safari Honeymoon is how frequently I was surprised. For instance, the relationship between the couple is portrayed sweetly rather than cynically; they seem a pair of mismatched souls working through elements common to all of our engagements with others that rarely get explored: choice, inexplicable desire, awe, gratitude, grace. I'll buy that ticket anytime it's offered.” Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
Jesse Jacobs’ work here accentuates everything that comics are great at, and serves as a perfect example of what the comics medium can really achieve that no other medium can in quite the same way.” John Seven, Damnopedia
Jacobs subverts jungle fantasy tropes by presenting just how precarious life is in the wild without the virtue of a total technological advantage and details that the only way out is to understand how the dominant species manages to adapt.” Rob Clough, High-Low
The writer and artist, Jesse Jacobs, has a history of the delightfully weird through his work on the cartoon Adventure Time, so didn’t we expect him to toy with our perceptions of reality? And if there hadn’t been strange creatures, comics would have felt left out.” Hannah Means-Shannon, Bleeding Cool
Praise for By This Shall You Know Him
"An art comics creation myth, cosmic, disturbing, and beautifully rendered in ice-blue and contrasting purples, with a style that welds the lovely to the grotesque...By This Shall You Know Him is (further) proof that fantasy in comics need not be hollow, generic, or ingratiating. It can be troubling instead. An inspired comic!" Author and academic, Charles Hatfield (Alternative Comics, and Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby University Press of Mississippi, 2005 and 2012)
I went in expecting a psychedelic vision quest, and I came out having experienced a stunning new creation myth. Intricate, upsetting, and fun.” Jeremy Tinder, Boing Boing
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The visual style vaguely reminds me of Herge's Tin Tin, but Jacobs has a more contemporary graphic style and an eye for geometric settings and background environments. Visually alone this story is fun to look at with interesting use of layout, shape, and funky line work. The images could almost tell the story by themselves, but the dialogue keeps the flow intuitive and gives insight to the type of characters the story is dealing with.
This is alternative cartooning to be sure, but not with a statement that bashes you over the head. Jacobs brings you in with a zen-like appeal. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I'm interested to see more of Jesse's work in the future.
It's messed up, hilarious, suggestive, interpretive, gross, and the subtext is, well...far out.
Definitely worth the read if you don't have seizures or get stressed out looking at lots of intricate
tininess with a increasing sense of danger and impermanence.