Duncan the Wonder Dog

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What if animals could talk? Would some of them form a militant group in reaction to how humans treat them? Would humans treat them different?
Come explore this dense tome of an alternate universe where the lavish renderings recall Dave McKean. Duncan the Wonder Dog WILL be one of the most talked about books of 2010.
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Overview

What if animals could talk? Would some of them form a militant group in reaction to how humans treat them? Would humans treat them different?
Come explore this dense tome of an alternate universe where the lavish renderings recall Dave McKean. Duncan the Wonder Dog WILL be one of the most talked about books of 2010.
Duncan the Wonder dog was a 2009 Xeric Award Winner!
Due to it's scope, a future re-printings will not be likely. Be sure to order this fantastic work now!
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Publishers Weekly
Can this massive, brilliant graphic novel—supposedly the first of a nine-volume series—really be its creator's first published work? Apparently so, and Hines has instantly established himself as a cartoonist to be reckoned with. Duncan is set in a world almost exactly like ours, except that all animals can talk. Humans still have dominion over everything, and a lot of animals aren't too happy about it; they also see the world in very different ways from each other, and from people. The central plot of this volume is what happens after an animal-rights organization run by a deranged, bloodthirsty macaque detonates a bomb at a human college, but that's just a springboard for Hines to show off what he can do. Nearly every page has some kind of stunning visual set piece; Hines' range of black-and-white drawing styles incorporate clean-lined "bigfoot" cartooning, hyper-stylized abstract landscapes and near-photorealism, often on the same page. The book is an overwhelming assemblage of stories within stories, stories on top of stories (sometimes literally), and meticulously crafted anecdotes that aren't directly related to each other but add up to a portrait of a world whose desperate cruelties are more vivid when all its inhabitants can communicate with one another. (Nov.)
Library Journal
While Ware is known for his color work, Hines works in shades of black, white, and charcoal as he creates a world in which animals talk and don’t like they way humans treat them. When a militant animal-rights group headed by a macaque monkey commits an act of terrorism, the plot takes off in what is projected to be a nine-volume series. The story, strange and compelling though it may be, is not the only wonder of Hines’s creation. Equally astounding is his dizzying mix of text and image in myriad styles. He layers printed text with handwriting; creates spreads with no text but hugely overscale images; offers collage, precise line work, and astoundingly detailed architecture; mixes vertical, circular, and square orientations of panel order; runs text up the page in horizontal bands; and fills speech bubbles with only icons or no text at all. Like Ware’s work, Hines’s story layers upon itself, consists of a number of strands and loops, and includes plenty of asides that blend to create his world. Readers looking for something as immersive and complex as Ware provides should find Hines’s creation a wonderful next experience.

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Dan Kois
This nearly 400-page volume is, according to its 26-year-old author, the first of a nine-book series…But this is a major book all its own—not just because of its scope and scale, but because of the great skill and care that went into making it. Hines draws sharp, clear lines in pencil and ink, and interrupts traditional comics rhythm with vivid acrylics and jarring collages…Hines's writing is as captivating as his artwork. He peppers the book with revelatory vignettes conveying the surprising ways this world is different from ours…
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977030491
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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