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Stop Forgetting to Remember: The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz Hardcover – July 10, 2007
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Unexpectedly, this quasi-autobiographical meditation on fantasy and reality succeeds in being as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. Like Kuper, his alter ego Kurtz is a cartoonist who divides his time between mainstream and independent work while also struggling to be a good husband, father and friend in an unsupportive world. He talks directly to the reader as he describes his goals when he was younger (getting laid, getting high, etc.), how he botched his chances or suffered when he did get what he wanted and how he accepted those successes and failures and then moved on. The story is typical, but Kuper's art shifts from realistic to surreal as the mood changes, and this is where the book really takes off. He plays with a comics reader's head, as when Kurtz's new-daddy desperation convinces him that he's not just a cartoonist but a cartoon so that he slips into a Crumb parody panel, Keep on Parentin'. Kurtz/Kuper does go on developing as a human being, through 9/11 and the despair of being a serious observer in Bush's America, into a surprisingly but satisfyingly hopeful conclusion. This is a very smart, mature work by an artist at the top of his form. (July)
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Kuper's alter ego, Walter Kurtz, reminisces about his path from awkward adolescence to current success as a commercial illustrator and father-to-be. His account incorporates first-person stories, many of which reappear here from Kuper's collection Stripped (1995), dealing with his efforts to lose his virginity, recreational drug use, and unhealthy relationships. In the present-day setting framing these recollections, Kurtz-Kuper struggles to face adult responsibilities, sacrificing any semblance of the life he once led to the demands of parenthood and incidentally flowing nicely into the current wave of "hip dad" confessionals (e.g., Joe Chiappetta's graphic novel Silly Daddy, 2004). Kuper's newest artwork is of a piece with the decades-old stuff it surrounds, for although he has simplified his distinctive, pseudowoodcut style, his art retains the graphic appeal that has landed his work on the covers of Time and Newsweek. The mainstream readers new to graphic novels should relate to Kuper's heartfelt effort to balance family, work, and friendships as readily as loyal fans identified with the pot-smoking, globe-trotting Kuper of his erstwhile alternative comics. Gordon Flagg
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Top customer reviews
The other reviewer said it and they are 100% right. This is a facinating read, for both how honest it is, and how well it is told. The author acting as narrator, and flashing back to different life moments was great.
A master comic artist at the top of his game. This may one day be seen as a work of genius..along with Eisner and a Dietch, Kuper takes you to his world.
After you read this, you will be much better prepared for "Fun Home", "Blankets", and other similar "autobiographical" graphic novels also well worthy of your time.
PS - NOT for the kiddies! Adult in theme and content. And having kids as I do makes the observations all the more relevant.
If Blankets was interesting to you but was more in the 80s vein, try Stop which has more of a 70s feel to its flashbacks.
It is rare for me to not be able to finish a book no matter how awful it is. I just wanted to throw it away it is so repulsive.
A good author makes you care about the story, whether it is about a woman or man, no matter what race, religion, caste.
This book is about a heterosexual Jewish male artiste in the middle of his career, and it made me turn away from the story, I did not want to know anything more about his pitiful closed views.