I Saw You...: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections Paperback – February 3, 2009
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About the Author
- Publisher : Three Rivers Press; Original edition (February 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307408531
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307408532
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.45 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,351,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The book itself is an anthology of different short stories based upon the "Missed Connections" section on craigslist. I am not a craigslist junkie myself and did not know such section existed, but I'm pretty sure everybody has a story of encountering a stranger somewhere some time ago without knowing anything about that person, only to think back and wishing they got to know that person better. "I Saw You:..." is exactly about these kind of stories, and while some stories are really interesting, some are quite mundane, and some are just creepy- just the kind of stuff you'd expect from craigslist anyway.
As it is an anthology, there is no single author, instead it's a collaboration between various graphic novelists all showcasing their talent, and there are some talented artists/storytellers here, while some simply doodle along- when the artwork is great and the storytelling augments an already intriguing story, that's great, but when someone scribbles along a story worthy of drawing on a napkin, it can be quite frustrating.
All in all, your mileage may vary- I thought it was interesting stuff, quite good actually, but hardly memorable book. I think the subject matter itself is more fascinating than anything.
And for the iPad experience- since I do not own a Kindle, I am guessing the other reviews posted on this page stems from positive reading experiences, while the iPad version does not fare well. With its beautiful color screen, you'd imagine that reading graphic novels on the iPad would be a great experience- nope. While I can understand Amazon focuses on the Kindle readership, I wish they would work a bit harder on delivering on different markets, no matter how big or small they may be. Graphic novels on iPad via the Kindle app shows each page as a single image that can be zoomed in when touched, but the image quality is not great- some of the texts from the book is quite small or handwritten, which makes zooming in an absolute necessity, but due to the crappy image, it is very hard to make out the small letters.
Overall, the book itself is about three and a half stars, but due to the bad transition from Kindle to iPad, I'm taking off half a star. With Apple's iBook store low on graphic novel stock, I try to do the right thing and purchase my books instead of illegally downloading them, but it sucks paying 9 bucks and not able to read some of the lines! Hope this issue gets fixed soon.
Ranging from the hopelessly romantic to the definitely bizarre, these fleeting encounters are brought to vivid life by a variety of artists.
Interesting to see how different artists invented strips about the same situation.
Top reviews from other countries
The stories are touching, funny and sweet. A brilliant collection.
Having comic creators Peter Bagge, Sam Henderson and Jeffrey Brown on board is good news for this anthology but even the new talent hold their own.
Something for everyone. Check it out.