Escapo

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From the mind of three-time Eisner Award-Winner Paul Pope comes Escapo! Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, Escapo tells the tale of a circus escape artist extraordinaire, who can escape from any situation - even from Death himself! However, there is one force even more powerful than the Reaper which Escapo must face. A meditation on life, love, and mortality, Escapo is not to be missed!
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Overview

From the mind of three-time Eisner Award-Winner Paul Pope comes Escapo! Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, Escapo tells the tale of a circus escape artist extraordinaire, who can escape from any situation - even from Death himself! However, there is one force even more powerful than the Reaper which Escapo must face. A meditation on life, love, and mortality, Escapo is not to be missed!
Originally published in 1999 and long out of print, the new Z2 edition of Escapo is fully colored and redesigned in the French BD format, featuring 50+ pages of bonus content. Included here is the rare two-page alternate ending, only seen in the French edition, as well as a new ten-page story and added pin-ups and sketchbook content by Paul.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A new graphic novel by a talented and original young American comics artist, this is an archetypal story about love, fear and the looming inevitability of death. The central character is a Houdini-like circus escape artist who enters and gets out of an ominous array of huge, deadly, beautifully imagined devices. Pope (The One Trick Rip-off) includes two variations on the story of the escape artist. In one, Escapo finds himself face to face with death in the form of a cackling, grimly persistent skeleton. In the other, the protagonist, overcome by his love for a beautiful woman utterly uninterested in him, considers submitting to his deadly props and being done with it all. Pope's combination of spare, allusively poignant prose; a hair-raising, dramatically gestural black-and-white drawing style (influenced by Pope's love of cartoonists Milton Caniff and Hugo Pratt, and of Japanese manga); and a thoroughly tongue-in-cheek view of Escapo's brand of inadvertent heroism allows him to unpretentiously juggle his grand themes. Pope has created an unusual kind of comic book hero here, a very reluctant fellow forced to confront both the futility of love and the possibility of his own melodramatic death. The book also includes an essay on Pope, another (short) fiction and an index to his other works. (Dec.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
YA-A circus performer, the offspring of parents who apparently escaped separation at the hands of some malignant force, loses his nerve. Pope tells this simple story of the Houdiniesque character in sequences that range from watercolor pages to broadly black-inked panels to pages containing black-and-white panels of sharper draft quality. The front matter, which explains graphic-novel literacy, and the opening sequence recounting Escapo's parents' adventure leave readers expecting more narrative substance from the remainder of the volume. In short, Escapo wants girl, Escapo might get girl, Escapo regains nerve instead. The brevity and forthrightness will attract some aliterate teens.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940878003
  • Publisher: Z2 Comics
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 465,883
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Comics Receives Rare Gift

    Paul Pope, a new up and coming star to the comic world, composes a great story of the ultimate escape artist, embroiled in love and cheating death. Pope's linework is stunning. The writer/artist of DC's sleeper hit 'Heavy Liquid' really brings a new light to comics with this hard to find graphic novel.

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