Emily the Strange, Volume 1

Emily the Strange, Volume 1

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by Cosmic Debris, Jessica Gruner, Brian Brooks, Buzz Parker
     
 

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Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl — she’s got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats and famous friends in very odd places! She’s got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you’re invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make

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Emily the Strange is not your ordinary thirteen-year-old girl — she’s got a razor-sharp wit as dark as her jet-black hair, a posse of moody black cats and famous friends in very odd places! She’s got a broodingly unique way of experiencing the world, and you’re invited along for the ride. Legions of fans worldwide have joined forces to make Emily a pop-culture phenomenon.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Equal parts Edward Gorey and MTV's Daria, Emily, an icon to the Hot Topic crowd, is a walking brew of teenage ennui filtered through a Halloweenish, macabre sensibility and tons of red and black ink. Now she conquers the comics with a collection of brief but mordant episodes. The first deals with Emily's extreme boredom and her failed attempts at defeating it, like stitching the head of a rooster onto the body of a kangaroo, creating, of course, the world's first kangarooster, or interviewing punk legends the Damned in a cemetery. In "The Lost Issue," she visits Oz only to find Ozzy Osbourne in the ruler's throne and loses herself in a warehouse store-Lostco-where the free food samples ("Goat Pockets," or tandoori lint) turn shoppers into zombies. Much of the pleasure comes from the writing team's acumen for pun-craft : "Lost in Space" is a veritable cauldron of semi-bad puns referencing everything from Super Mario Brothers and The Matrix to Alice in Wonderland. Visually, the book is a feast of shadow and Lovecraftian nastiness while remaining just a bit cute. Disaffected teens who have already embraced the Emily empire to their sorrowful bosoms should like this fine. (Nov.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal

Gr 10 & Up - With her sharp wit, dark clothing, and even darker attitude, Emily Strange is a Wednesday Addams for the goth-punk generation. This volume collects three issues-"The Boring Issue," "The Lost Issue," and "The Dark Issue"-of the comic book series published in 2005 and 2006. Not so much a graphic novel but a series of short strips and vignettes, it chronicles the brooding teen's constant battles against boredom. Whether it's through magic spells, macabre science experiments, or directing a movie about the birth of the world starring-who else-herself, her fight is a ghoulishly entertaining romp of imagination and wordplay. Most of the stories are entirely original, while some of the tales are clever parodies of classic fantasy stories like Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, and the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Done by four different people across all the various story lines, the artwork runs the full range of techniques from hand-drawn to painted to computer illustration. Despite the differences, all achieve the same feel with a limited color palette of black and white-and the occasional red for things like blood or lipstick. The quality is a bit uneven from story to story, with some of the tales falling prey to cheap gags or one-liners that aren't as funny as they should be. But when it works, it works in a biting, pithy way that smart kids will appreciate.-Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593075736
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
11/29/2006
Series:
Emily the Strange Series, #1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
620,283
Product dimensions:
6.64(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.33(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Emily the Strange, Volume 1 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thinkdunson More than 1 year ago
i liked it. it's good to be able to identify with something. in response to another review... this isn't going to change someone into something they're not. it will let them know that it's ok to be themselves. the very fact that this book exists is proof that there are other people like this... meaning you won't be alone. you just have to be able to be yourself and find others like you. someone who asks a question like, if you would want your kids to be like "that", doesn't have their kids' best interests in mind. let your kids be whatever they want to be, and give them the ability to see for themselves what they want to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome, little expensive for a comic book, but well worth it!
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SNAKE_666 More than 1 year ago
From reading this it shows that its allright to display yourself in any way you are what you are right although i wear all black and play guitar people tend to see me as how they see emily so ALL HAIL EMILY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, and i let my little sister read it too and she loved it! now i will read the rest of the Emily Strange books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dislike this book it is a horible book because it makes people want to become 'goth' and it was a bad expirence. And would you want your kids to be like that and want to be lonley all their life? probly not.