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I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections Paperback – February 3, 2009
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It seems like a simple enough premise: short comics based on the missed-connections ads from newspapers and Craigslist, drawn by a host of cartoonists. Despite thematically arranged chapters (coffee shops, travel), this anthology doesn't quite hang together—in part because the contributors have interpreted the assignment in so many different ways. Some draw literal or metaphorical interpretations of actual ads; some make up their own; some mock the entire concept; a few simply address the idea of missed connections but don't deal with personal ads. The book's real value is as a snapshot of the current state of the mini-comics scene, in which editor Wertz is something of a star. Nearly every significant mini-comics artist of the moment is represented here, including Lucy Knisley, Kazimir Strzepek, Sarah Glidden, Alec Longstreth, and, best of all, Laura Park, who contributes a few splendid, cruelly funny pieces. There are a few bigger names in the collection (like Peter Bagge and Jeffrey Brown), but the roster will probably look a lot more impressive in a few years. (Feb.)
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About the Author
JULIA WERTZ is a cartoonist and writer and the creator of the autobiographical comic The Fart Party. She lives in Brooklyn.
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Ranging from the hopelessly romantic to the definitely bizarre, these fleeting encounters are brought to vivid life by a variety of artists.
In the fall of 2006, Julia Wertz, cartoonist and creator of The Fart Party, put up a blog requesting comic strips from volunteers inspired by "Missed Connections". Soon her inbox was overflowing! In I Saw You . . ., Wertz collects them together, providing a short introduction to why and how she did this. The result is a very entertaining book featuring a wonderful variety of artwork from some of today's finest graphic artists as they take a sentence or two and turn it into something happy, or something sad, but always entertaining piece of art.
So whether you're looking for a laugh, or for your heart strings to be pulled by some sad words and some sad eyes, I Saw You . . . is the book for you. A perfect paperback to read through in your spare time, while on the bus to work in the morning, as you glance up at that special someone looking right back at you, never to see them again.
"I Saw You..." is put together by Julia Wertz who, as mentioned, writes an autobiographic comic called the Fart Party. This collection of comics from many different artists reflects much of the humor and angst found Wertz's own work, which isn't a bad thing in itself, but it makes for a bit of a roller coaster when reading. I often find my self laughing at one story with the next leaving me with a sort of melancholic "...oh." feeling. All the comics presumably come from actual posts from Craigslist's Missed Connections sections which range from creepy stalkers in gym locker rooms to lonely people pining for lost loves to people looking to connect with a stranger they happened to meet. If you've never checked out the Craigslist Missed Connections section, you can still enjoy this collection. In fact it might be a safer introduction to the Missed Connection concept than the actual site. I don't know about your town, but in my neck of the woods, most of the missed connections can be kinda sick.
With the comics coming from as many authors and spanning as many subjects as they do (love, lust, anger, lonely people, creepy people) the volume can be hit or miss, particularly depending on your mood at the time. Still, I've yet to find an anthology of any kind that does not have its share of misfires, but for the most part, "I Saw You..." is well edited. Some of the featured artists are more adept at adapting the material than others. Some choose to take some artistic licence with their adaptations of these Craigslist posts, while others choose to seemingly adhere strictly to the original source for their script. Both approaches, in the right hands, prove to work effectively here. However, for whatever reason, some of the comics fall flat. Perhaps its a good artist working with sub standard material, or failure of that particular artist to convert the material into a strong comic. The art ranges from the highly detailed to looser, doodled styles. The quality of the comics doesn't always correlate to quality of the art work, but regardless it seems that some of the artists put greater effort into their adaptations than others. At its best "I Saw You..." can be darkly comedic and even hauntingly poignant at times. Many of the comics speak to parts of us we don't always like to acknowledge and can remind us of our own regrets and failings. At times the works presented show us the uglier, seamier side of our humanity. At its worst though, the comics in "I Saw You..." are forgettable and banal, but most of the work will provide some sort of entertainment value.
Wertz has put together a volume that, while not perfect, shows her skill as an editor, compiling and guiding the readers through over 100 stories from authors that, while all indie comic artists, can be as different as day and night in style and presentation. "I Saw You...", like the Craigslist personals the book is culled from, feeds that voyeuristic tendency many of us exhibit. This isn't a collection that makes me want to read straight through cover to cover, but rather one I enjoy reading piecemeal, skipping to sections that speak to what I am feeling at the time. The stories are short; you can knock a few out while waiting for a bus or during a break at work. That concise nature proves powerful, as these vignettes offer quick punches of emotion, but they leave so many unanswered questions. That ambiguity is what makes Missed Connections, and "I Saw You..." so captivating as it leaves the reader wondering about their own "what ifs".
The listings in this are pulled from craigslist as well as other venues, but seems to be predominantly craigslist. The stories run from funny to sad to downright tragic. We see possible reactions to these listings running from the embarrassing to the joyous. Some of the more memorable strips (to me anyway) had to have been the librarian strip as well as the "cute girl in the diner" mixup.
The artwork in here ranges from the cutesy to the elaborate to the surreal. Sorry I'm not more descriptive, but you'll find all types in this book. For this reason there might be some readers who will adore one style, only to be turned off by another. The overall impression I had of this book was favorable. It's a nice cute read that's perfect for picking up & flipping through at random. I'm sure you'll find your favorite but overall most of the excerpts were gems.
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Interesting to see how different artists invented strips about the same situation.