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American Elf, Volume 1: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka
     

American Elf, Volume 1: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka

by James Kochalka
 
A deluxe compilation of the first five years of James Kochalka's ground breaking daily diary comic strip.
Since October 1998, James Kochalka has kept a daily diary, drawn in comic strip form in his sketchbook. Drawn with relaxed and beautiful brushwork, these strips perfectly capture the rhythm of daily life. From the hilarious to the sad, from the poetic to the

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A deluxe compilation of the first five years of James Kochalka's ground breaking daily diary comic strip.
Since October 1998, James Kochalka has kept a daily diary, drawn in comic strip form in his sketchbook. Drawn with relaxed and beautiful brushwork, these strips perfectly capture the rhythm of daily life. From the hilarious to the sad, from the poetic to the drunken, these strips offer a direct and intimate portrait of the life of one of America's most important alternative cartoonists. This ambitious and deluxe, perfect-bound volume collect the first five years of Kochalka's diary.
Contains a full-color section.

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KLIATT
American Elf reminds me of a comic that I read in the late '80s called Life in Hell, an autobiographical strip by Matthew Groening (who went on to create The Simpsons) that featured talking rabbits pontificating on topics such as life, love, death and why everything sucks. James Kochalka, the author of American Elf, draws himself as an elf instead of a rabbit. He hit upon the idea of doing a daily journal in the form of a four-panel comic strip in 1998, and this book chronicles the results of five years of entries. During this time period we learn a great deal about Mr. Kochalka, his wife Amy, Spandy the Cat, the members of his band (James Kochalka Superstar), and Eli the wonder-baby. Some of the strips are funny, some are boring, some are touching, some are gross, and some look like the author was half-asleep when he wrote them (he probably was). Through it all, Kochalka draws, and after a while we don't want him to stop. It's not that he lives such a fascinating life; it's the fact that he keeps writing it down. American Elf is for collections that cater to older readers; it contains nudity, vulgarity (including the F-bomb) and toilet humor (literally). This is a fine choice for comic-literate high schoolers interested in memoir and/or the creative process. KLIATT Codes: A—Recommended for advanced students and adults. 2004, Top Shelf Productions, 496p. illus., Ages 17 to adult.
—George Gal-uschak

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891830495
Publisher:
IDW Publishing
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author


James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. That's kind of like being the state flower, but even better! He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo, Dragon Puncher, and The Glorkian Warrior. Dragon Puncher Island won an Eisner award in 2012 for "Best Publication for Early Readers", but he's also won the Harvey award and four Ignatz awards for his books for adults.

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