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Alex's new graphic novel follows the lives of six people - a reclusive rock legend, a heartbroken waitress, a counterfeiter, an obsessive crank, a lost daughter, and a backstabbing lover - whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence affects them all in different ways.

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Alex's new graphic novel follows the lives of six people - a reclusive rock legend, a heartbroken waitress, a counterfeiter, an obsessive crank, a lost daughter, and a backstabbing lover - whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence affects them all in different ways.

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Publishers Weekly
It's been four years since Robinson's Box Office Poison won an Eisner Award, as well as the prize for best debut graphic novel at the international festival in Angoul me. It's been a long wait, but Tricked is well worth it. This dense graphic novel follows the paths of six characters who weave around one another, all finally meeting in the story's violent climax. The six are Ray Beam, a blocked and exhausted rock star; Nick, a small-time grifter; Phoebe, a daughter in search of her father; Steve, the very worst kind of music fan; Lily, a young girl drawn into Ray's artistic drama; and Caprice, a self-defeating waitress. Before the final meeting, each leads a fully realized life, whose detailed individuality and complex relationships mark Robinson as a truly gifted writer. His art is no less impressive, with clear line drawings that hone in on the subtleties of his characters' emotional lives. A master of the slice-of-life indie comic genre, Robinson brings a strong dramatic force to his work as well. Robinson's talent allows his characters to be comprehensible even when they act like spoiled jerks or sabotage their own chances for happiness--but his authorial generosity returns them all to their own best selves by the end. (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A burnt-out rock star, his new lover, and one of his biggest fans, a waitress, a small-time criminal, and a girl finally meeting her biological father: Robinson builds on the reputation he established with the wonderful Box Office Poison with this tale of six expertly delineated characters coming inexorably closer together, towards a moment of tragedy for them all. (LJ 3/15/05)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891830730
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
  • Publication date: 8/24/2005
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,484,174
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    Even better than BOP

    If you liked Box Office Poison, you'll LOVE Tricked. Robinson does it again with writing characters that jump off the page. This story shows his great skill in writing real dialogue and situations with multiple characters that you care about what happens to them. His art perfectly compliments his words to make for a completely engrossing story. You will not be able to put this one down.

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