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Sounds of Your Name
     

Sounds of Your Name

by Nate Powell
 

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"This Nate Powell wittily, even surgically, cuts to the bone. Observant, intimate cartooning, anchored with a nice, punchy use of black. Good comics." -- Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300

"Frame by Frame, his work is more varied in every way than that of most other comics artists, yet he unfailingly maintains narrative momentum by carrying over details

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"This Nate Powell wittily, even surgically, cuts to the bone. Observant, intimate cartooning, anchored with a nice, punchy use of black. Good comics." -- Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300

"Frame by Frame, his work is more varied in every way than that of most other comics artists, yet he unfailingly maintains narrative momentum by carrying over details from one panel to the next, no matter how altered the angle of vision. Brilliant." -- Booklist

"Someone who reads McSweeney's or subscribes to Harper's but has no graphic literature in their life will be bowled over by the beauty and grace of Powell's style. There are simply too few superlatives for this book."-- Bookslut

Sounds of Your Name, published by Microcosm Publishing in 2006, collects Nate Powell's zines and comics, including his first two books, Tiny Giants and It Disappears. His intricate, sometimes chaotic drawings examine the complications that come with passing from childhood into adulthood. Renderings of friends and family scattered across the country paint tender, sweaty, and memory-soaked portraits of small town life and beyond. Nate addresses the uneasy existential inquiries that bloom in youth and invokes all the elements of great coming of age novels with only a few dozen words. "

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"This Nate Powell wittily, even surgically, cuts to the bone. Observant, intimate cartooning, anchored with a nice, punchy use of black. Good comics."  —Frank Miller, creator of Sin City and 300

"He captures that most elusive thing that disappears with age: wonder. If most people spend their entire lives longing for past episodes from their youth, then Nate addresses that longing, covering his pages with lost wonder, and offering it, wholeheartedly, back to us. His work offers the hope we might never grow old, and that even if we do, our dreams are always within reach. The power of his work is a reminder of the persistance of joy."  —EnComics

"Sounds of your Name is a graphic novel anthology of black-and-white zine and comic stories by punk band player Nate Powell. Featuring dark, gritty artwork, dialogue that turns on a dime from casual to deadly serious, and sequences that are likewise drift from day-in-the-life to tense to shockingly explosive, the stories in Sounds of Your Name captivate with underground fervor. From the hard life of an alley cat who longs for the comforts of domesticity, to the simultaneously grim and spiritual insights of a war veteran, to the rites of passage from childhood to adulthood, Sounds of Your Name is undeniably a 'thinking man's comic' from cover to cover. An avant-garde collection especially recommended for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the underground comix scene." —Midwest Book Review

"If you’re a fan of Nate Powell, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. It collects all sorts of bits from his old Walkie Talkie series, shorter pieces from a variety of sources, and unpublished pieces. If you’re not a fan of Nate’s work, it’s probably only because you haven’t seen it yet."  —Optical Sloth

"The artwork in Sounds of Your Name is fluid and forceful. With beautiful linework, bold contrasts, and dynamic design, the work is eminently suited to its black-and-white presentation. Powell experiments with styles and orientation throughout. But pushing boundaries is risky business and there are moments when Powell trades off visual excitement for clarity."  —Midnight Fiction

"This book is the moment when you start the car and leave your hometown forever with only the clothes on your back and the moment you decide to turn off the car and stay where you are. It’s living the dream, waiting for death, fighting off boredom and giving in to it. It’s trying to make sense of it all while knowing deep down that there is no sense to be made. If you’ve never questioned a goddamn thing in your life, this comic will fly right over your head. For the rest of us, you may find a few of your questions about life answered in these pages, but you’ll also find many more questions. In times as shitty as these, it helps to at least take a look around you. As a wise man once said, the unexamined life is not worth living, and this comic sums that up beautifully."  —Optical Sloth

"An appropriate showcase for a powerful, versatile artist."  —Zine Thug

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091404
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
117 MB
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Meet the Author


Nate Powell is a New York Times best-selling graphic novelist born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1978. His work includes March, the graphic novel autobiography of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis; Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, and The Year Of The Beasts. His work has received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, an Eisner Award, two Ignatz Awards, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels For Teens selections, and has been nominated for a total of eight Eisner Awards, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and a Glyph Comics Award. In 2011, Powell discussed his work at the United Nations alongside some of the world's foremost writers of young adult fiction.

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