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Safari Honeymoon Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Worms, infections, and tongue-replacing parasites abound in this graphic novel, and, 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 novel-By This You Shall Know Him-is probably one of my top 5 favorite comics of the past half decade, making his latest-Safari Honeymoon-one 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
“I love how the book revels in its midnight horror-style antics: it’s funny, weird, gross, and surreal. But what I love most about Safari Honeymoon is the strange yet logical world that Jacobs creates: rife with both decay and renewal, the wilderness is sort of an inverse Eden that shocks and surprises on every page.” ― Gabe Habash, Publishers Weekly
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'Safari Honeymoon' is a satire wrapped up in an entertaining science-fiction package. In the almost dream-like mode incorporating surrealist aspects that Jacobs executed so perfectly in BTSYKH, he introduces a newly married couple whose honeymoon takes them to another planet teeming with life, where they plan on hunting and killing indigenous species for sport. Their complete ineptitude constantly puts them in grave danger, but their long-suffering guide manages to keep them alive.
The attitude of entitlement displayed by the couple is analogous to British assumptions of 'divine right' and absolute superiority at the height of the empire, a time when the concept of the 'white man's burden' justified colonial exploitation and oppression. That entitlement might also apply to North American's culture of consumption, and the unspoken belief that the rest of the world is their playground. But eventually, the couple's notions of using an alien planet as their own private amusement park comes to an end, as the baffling array of organisms breach their bodies and minds, horrific parasites and symbiotes permanently altering their physiognomy.
As strong as his talents as a storyteller are, the artwork is f****** spectacular. His dense page layouts convey the superabundance of fascinating and nightmarish life-forms, which are initially acknowledged by the 'alien' honeymooners only as prey to be killed, amusing but disposable pets, or annoyances that inspire righteous indignation. Soon, they are forced to confront the fact that they are interlopers, and that they have dumbly stumbled into an environment where their status as members of the 'entitled class' entitles them to nothing. The heavily stylized art depicts a habitat with the imaginative richness of Bosch's 'Garden of Earthly Delights' and 'The Temptations of St. Anthony'; particularly the left-to-right 'read' of the former, as strange beauty gives way to an ominous, decadent Luxuria, and then the abrupt, nightmarish celebration of eternal suffering that is Hell. This Adam and Eve bring their culture of mindless consumption with them, but end up breached and corrupted, unwittingly joining the food chain as mid-level prey/predators.
Though I doubt any artist likes being compared to their peers, Jacobs' style is reminiscent to that of DeForge, but still very much his own. While Matt Brinkman, Brian Chippendale and the now defunct Fort Thunder/Highwater scene are a more obvious inspiration than Canadian greats like Seth and Chester Brown, 'Suckle'-'Crumple'-'Ripple' cartoonist-turned-gallery artist Dave Cooper might have informed Jacobs' aesthetics (i.e. Cooper's obsession with hyper-sexualized alien flora and fauna, as evidenced in the 'Tryptych' and 'Dan & Larry'). As a fan of European comics, the clean, carefully considered linework reminds me of Killoffer, while the odd and sometimes grotesque tendencies recall Stephane Blanquet and Brit Tom Gauld. Possible American influences include Archer Prewitt, Jordan Crane, and Sammy Harkham. Who his true influences are, I have no idea, a testament to his originality and artistic brilliance, a truly visionary talent. (95/100)
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.