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Stray Toasters Paperback – November 25, 2008
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Qualifier: If you really want the best possible of the Stray Toaster series, then buy the individual comics as they are the most crisp (in detail) and true to color versions you will get.
1) The BEST - Designer Collection 1991 5 STARS
ISBN-13: 978-0871357137 - (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0871357135/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0)
I have to say, after comparing all three (listed below with isbn and links), that this is by far the best reprinting if you want a collected version of this series. This version is the most true when compared to the actual individual comics when it comes to color and detail. The color isn't 100%, but it is the closest. The detailing remains very close as well. This version does not have sketchbook entries at the end of the book.
2) The next best - 2003 4 STARS
ASIN: B000EWIYCK - (https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Toasters-Bill-Sienkiewicz/dp/B000EWIYCK)
This version falls just under the above version. This version's contrast was punched up a little bit to make details a little more visible but the cost is that the colors are off a little bit and some of the details are lost due to the darker tones. It is still a very good version though, a lot better than the last on the list imo. This version does not have sketchbook entries at the end of the book.
3) The least best - 2008 3 STARS (4 if you want to consider the sketches at the back) (This particular item on Amazon)
ISBN-13: 978-1582408231 - (https://www.amazon.com/Stray-Toasters-Bill-Sienkiewicz/dp/1582408238/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1466642683&sr=8-7&keywords=bill+sienkiewicz)
If all you are looking for is just an interesting (and visceral) story by Bill Sienkiewicz without concern for how true the art is to the original, then this is the version for you. It also happens to be the most affordable on the secondary market at the moment. This version has been contrasted up so both the colors are brighter and a noticeable amount of details are lost, especially if those details were light to begin with. I thought this wouldn't bother me, but over time it did so I went looking for alternate versions (hence getting all 3). The one positive I can give this book is that it has 16 sketchbook pages at the end of it. These pages cover character and environment design, color schemes, layout plans, and other background material. If you are interested in this type of thing then this is the only version that provides it.
And there you go. Now you can make a truly informed decision regarding which to purchase. I for one recommend purchasing the original 4 comics for the best overall experience. But if you want a trade paperback that collects them all, you will have to make your own decision.
The story, on the other hand, is dark and funny. It's violent and contains sexual themes and nudity. Not for those under the age of 16. The story might be somewhat inaccessible to most audiences due to it being fantastical (i wouldn't call it science fiction) and being fractured into three story branches that don't necessarily mesh (but this critique is considering "traditional" story telling - i happen to like non-traditional mediums and methods, like this comic).
* Spoiler alert:
the post cards from the demon on vacation on earth to his
family in hell are brilliant!
* End spoler *
If you are interested in exploring some interesting handmade non-traditional comic art with a very odd, dark, perverse, funny but grotesque story that can't be described by any one genre other than "strange," check out Stray Toasters. David Lynch fans might be a good audience for the story, but the artwork might be too garish for them.
I think that I'll put this book on my top shelf, among some other stuff by McKean and Bilal!
The storyline is very heavy and psychotic ... it reminds me
on some artistic, experimental short films. And it's dark. I like that! But there's a touch of detective novel as well (like in Bladerunner - he's chasing some crazy machines).
The print is nice, paper is OK, and at the end of the book you have a few sketches & illustrations by Mr. Sienkiewicz, as some bonus material.
There is only one thing that could get on your nerves: Too much captions (txt boxes).