Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened

Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened

by Jason Rodriguez
     
 

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“The inventive writers and illustrators who crafted these transporting stories just may convince you to trash your BlackBerry and buy some stamps.”
–Frank Warren, author of PostSecret

You’ve seen them at flea markets and in antique shops and used-book stores across the country: Vintage postcards inscribed with handwritten notes,

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“The inventive writers and illustrators who crafted these transporting stories just may convince you to trash your BlackBerry and buy some stamps.”
–Frank Warren, author of PostSecret

You’ve seen them at flea markets and in antique shops and used-book stores across the country: Vintage postcards inscribed with handwritten notes, evocative messages that capture a thought, an expression, a concern, a snapshot of someone’s life once upon a time. Jason Rodriguez, acclaimed editor of Elk’s Run, collected a remarkable array of these correspondences, dispersed them among thirty-three of comics’ greatest creators, and asked each to craft a story about the person who sent it. The result is a vividly imagined, gorgeously rendered graphic anthology illustrating tales of romance, adventure, hardship, and mystery. In Postcards, these gifted artists share some of the richest and most inventive work of their careers.


From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

The premise behind this anthology is clever: editor Rodriguez bought a batch of vintage picture postcards, gave them to various cartoonists from varying backgrounds and commissioned 16 short stories inspired by the brief, sometimes cryptic messages written on each card, preceded by reproductions of the cards themselves. The biggest names in the book are Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner, who, true to form, write about the postcard that introduced the two of them; the most engaging piece, though, is Stuart Moore and Michael Gaydos's deadpan but deeply silly tale of "traveling tic-tac-toe hustlers." Other highlights include Phillip Hester's elaboration on an Easter card, concerning an unlikely spiritual awakening, and Joshua Hale Fialkov and Micah Farritor's subdued sketch about a pair of Americans in France during the Great Depression. Unfortunately, many stories lapse into sentimentality (like the saccharine contributions by Tom Beland and James W. Powell) or stretch the book's premise awkwardly. One piece somehow twists a whimsical postcard into a brutal horror story; another is an unfunny parody of old superhero comics. And curiously, only a few stories address the images on the cards at all or do much with the peculiar and evocative visual style of those pictures. (June)

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School Library Journal

Gr 10 Up
Rodriguez discovered that message-filled postcards for sale in antique stores and flea markets can make excellent prompts for writers and artists. Each of the 16 short stories collected here opens with an image of the real postcard message that the creators then gave new life-or explanation-in the form of its imagined premise or effect. The message writers range from a man shipping out during World War II to a woman writing affectionately to another woman in 1917, from an exceedingly brief note, posted in 1909, abjuring the recipient to "look under stamp," to an only slightly more expansive apology from the sender who could not go fishing with the recipient. The woven tales are set in the appropriate historical periods and show such possibilities as the soldier's subsequent battle heroics, the fate of a friendship sundered by class differences, an antic fable of tic-tac-toe con artists, the death of a young girl's mother, and more. Contributing writers include Ande Parks, Phillip Hester, and Rick Spears. A coda to the volume is Harvey Pekar and Joyce Babner's own story of their marriage as it relates to postcards, with art by Matt Kindt. This book will delight browsers and has a place in creative-writing classes, as well as offering supplementary material for American-history students in search of slice-of-life insights. Libraries are featured in no fewer than a quarter of these tales.
—Francisca GoldsmithCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307497338
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
36 MB
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Meet the Author

Jason Rodriguez is the editor of Elk’s Run, which was a finalist for the Harvey Award, and the critically acclaimed anthology Western Tales of Terror.


From the Hardcover edition.

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