Approximate Continuum Comics

Overview

The groundbreaking Trondheim autobio graphic novel: finally collected and released in English.
One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s life. Trondheim’s typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying ...

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Overview

The groundbreaking Trondheim autobio graphic novel: finally collected and released in English.
One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s life. Trondheim’s typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying to maintain his rising career as one of Europe’s most beloved cartoonists.Approximate Continuum finally brings American readers the first portion of the “Trondheim autobio trilogy” that also comprises the Eisner nominated “At Loose Ends” meditation serialized in Mome (which will be released as a graphic novel in 2012) and the ongoing “Little Nothings” series of short slice-of-life stories (three to date from NBM Publishing).
This volume contains the first three chapters serialized in the Nimrod comic book, the last three (never-before-translated) chapters, and a hilarious “rebuttal” section in which Trondheim’s family and cartoonist friends (including Epileptic creator David B. and Trondheim’s mom) dispute (or ruefully agree with) Trondheim’s depictions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Trondheim's seminal autobiographical comic series, collected in one volume, is daring, wildly ingenious, paradigm-defining stuff. The dry humor evokes both Ghost World and Woody Allen at his best, in that this is a cerebral comedy about nothing except the author's own neurotic hangups and delusions. This no-holds-barred incursion into the comic artist's psyche goes where no one save Harvey Pekar has ventured before. Less vitriolic and more metaphysically introspective than Pekar, Continuum manages the feat of being wildly entertaining on top of smart, effortlessly rendering the banal act of visiting a national park or just packing up and moving into seemingly universally relevant experience. In one sequence, Trondheim, exacerbating the lameness of an already lame work party featuring a protagonist called "white rasta dude" and a nymphomaniac, reaches absurdly funny heights, in a kind of Everest of derisive social satire. Monsters and dragons and giant limbs sprouting at regular intervals, symbolic archetypes inhabit Lewis's tortured conscience. What sets Trondheim apart is the ability to juxtapose the macro and the micro, the public and private spheres, the one feeding inexorably off the other. A brilliant symbiotic tour de force. (June)
Max Winter - Boston Globe
“Trondheim suggests a French Woody Allen... Trondheim evokes, with the deft scrappiness of his agitated, angular figures, the universality of so many of our concerns and insecurities, and the completeness with which they surround us.”
Win Wiacek - Now Read This!
“Some of the very first autobiographical works on the French bande dessinée scene, these little gems were a genuine game-changer for cartoonists and storytellers... Trondheim’s cartoon interior catalogue is always a supremely rewarding and enjoyable experience…”
Publishers Weekiy
“Trondheim, a 2006 Angouleme Festival Grand Prize winner, creates autobiographical sketches with a
Seinfeld-ian mania for capturing the quotidian details of normal life, particularly its irritations.”
Rob Clough - The Comics Journal
“Trondheim… is truly at the height of his powers in Approximate Continuum Comics.”
Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter
“...Approximate Continuum Comics consistently hits the pleasure points afforded by great cartooning and a wicked sense of humor, and should be fair comfort to anyone that feels they're at a point in their life when they need to give themselves a good talking-to.”
Augie De Blieck Jr. - Comic Book Resources
“The fact is, there aren't too many cartoonists who can do this kind of work today, period. And there weren't many who could do it a decade ago, which is how old this material is.... At $19 for 144 pages' worth of material, the book is worth the price.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606994108
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Trondheim (one of the co-founders of the comics collective L’Association) lives and works in Montpellier, France. He won the career-spanning Angoulême International Comics Festival Grand Prize in 2006.

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