New School

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In Dash Shaw’s new, full-color original graphic novel, a boy goes to seek his brother on a theme-park island.
In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of “being different” grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings ...

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Overview

In Dash Shaw’s new, full-color original graphic novel, a boy goes to seek his brother on a theme-park island.
In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of “being different” grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of isolation. All of this is told through the fantastical eyes of young Danny, a boy growing up in the ’90s fed on dramatic adventure stories like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny’s older brother, Luke, travels to a remote island to teach English to the employees of ClockWorld, an ambitious new amusement park that recreates historical events. When Luke doesn’t return after two years, Danny travels to ClockWorld to convince Luke to return to America. But Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his own brother. Danny comes of age as he explores the island, ClockWorld, and fights to bring his brother home. New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new.

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Publishers Weekly
Shaw’s imaginative graphic novel is an unusual combination of bildungsroman, travelogue, and intellectual thriller. The narrator, Danny, is a precocious teenager whose older brother, Luke, is called away to work at a remote island theme park called Clockworld—a place whose cultish environment suggests Jonestown more strongly than Disneyland. When Danny arrives to “rescue” Luke, he is thrust into the alien world of the island nation of X, where Luke teaches English to the Xians who work at Clockworld. Danny is a naïf, whose conception of the world revolves only around his family, and his trip to X is his introduction to baser human impulses, which he begins to exhibit with relish. New School is sprawling and thematically disorganized, and it ultimately fails to fully deliver on its very grand ambitions. But Danny’s journey is still an exciting and amusing one, and Shaw’s big ideas are welcome and rewarding even if they are not entirely developed. The Sharpie-like lines and colorful swathes of paint that often overlay them make the novel feel like a sketchbook and give the story a spontaneous air while building on the style Shaw used on his previous books, Bodyworld and Bottomless Belly Button. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606996447
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 7/5/2013
  • Pages: 340
  • Sales rank: 1,403,242
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dash Shaw was born in Los Angeles in 1983 and lives in Brooklyn, NY. His books include Bottomless Bully Button and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D.

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