It's surprising that a book that more than lives up to its trivial title could also be satisfying to read, but the prosaic events of the acclaimed French comic artist's life are so universal that one is left feeling comforted by the shared absurdities of life in the 21st century. These one- and two-page autobiographical vignettes culled from Trondheim's blog form a very loose travel narrative, covering such clichéd topics as airport security, sightseeing in the fog and using bug spray to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses. Yet Trondheim is a playful character-he draws himself as a bird and the rest of the characters as other animals-making ordinary encounters entertaining. He is silly enough to pretend to find money on the street just to kid his friend, the ruse backfiring when a passerby insists the money is his, or to procrastinate by furiously swinging a toy light saber around the house. The soft yet vibrant watercolor images impart a unique tone, and the small details of country and city landscapes are artfully executed. Touching lightly upon marriage, fatherhood, work and success, all with a neurotic's off-kilter sensibilities, the book is a charmingly lighthearted stroll through the life of an artist. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Little Nothings, Volume 1: The Curse of the Umbrellaby Lewis Trondheim
The great talent behind the new generation in Europe, the Dungeon series, A.L.I.E.E.E.N. and Mr. O, pours his heart out in funny snippets of everyday life. His paranoia, little annoyances, big annoyances, chase of rainbows, love of comics, travel impressions from around the world, dealing with kids, being a kid: it’s all about life as we know it. A
The great talent behind the new generation in Europe, the Dungeon series, A.L.I.E.E.E.N. and Mr. O, pours his heart out in funny snippets of everyday life. His paranoia, little annoyances, big annoyances, chase of rainbows, love of comics, travel impressions from around the world, dealing with kids, being a kid: it’s all about life as we know it. A collection from his comics blog that expands his palette with full color painting, one can only be awed at Trondheim’s uncanny sense of observation and relate to all his experiences closely. Another touch of genius by one of today’s best and most influential comic artists.
Meet the Author
Lewis Trondheim is the creator of such comic strips as A.L.I.E.E.E.N., Mr. O, and McConey Rabbit, and is the cowriter of Dungeon. He is the author of A.L.I.E.E.E.N.: Archives of Lost Issues, Kaput & Kosky, Mister I, and the Little Nothings series. He is the head of Shampooing, an imprint of the French comics publisher Delcourt.
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