From the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button comes a collection of his short-comics work and the designs for his first-ever animated series for IFC.com.The first quarter of this jacketed hardcover will collect the work-storyboards, scripts, character designs, etc.-that Shaw has created for "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D." animated series to begin airing on IFC.com on December 7th, 2009. The latter three-quarters will collect his acclaimed short stories from MOME, as well as several little-seen...
From the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button comes a collection of his short-comics work and the designs for his first-ever animated series for IFC.com.The first quarter of this jacketed hardcover will collect the work-storyboards, scripts, character designs, etc.-that Shaw has created for "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D." animated series to begin airing on IFC.com on December 7th, 2009. The latter three-quarters will collect his acclaimed short stories from MOME, as well as several little-seen stories from elsewhere, and a new 20-page story.The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. is Shaw’s first book since his breakthrough graphic novel of 2008, Bottomless Belly Button, which was named Publishers Weekly’s best graphic novel of 2008, one of Entertainment Weekly’s top ten books of 2008, and one of Amazon.com’s top ten graphic novels of the year, amongst numerous other accolades.
The book also collects Shaw’s acclaimed, genre-bending short stories from MOME, including “Look Forward, First Son of Terra Two,” a remarkable story of two lovers traveling in opposite directions… in time. Also featured: “Galactic Funnels,” the 2008 Ignatz Award nominee for “Outstanding Story,” about the parasitic relationship between an artist and his lover/mentor; “Satellite CMYK,” a sci-fi mindwarp that ingeniously drives the narrative through Shaw’s masterful control of color, and “Making the Abyss,” a fictionalized story of a surreal film set filled with nuclear tanks, hot tubs, and blind ambition.
“Like the very best illustrated fiction, Shaw’s work moves between pathos and humor, between the fantastic and the familiar.”—The Christian Science Monitor
“Shaw’s style deftly combines cartoon drawings with a slavish attention to detail…Masterfully using the comics medium to juggle all the different characters, weaving their stories together seamlessly.”—Publishers Weekly
“Shaw's online and bound comics inhabit surreal spaces both cerebral and emotional, leaping from zombie love stories to futuristic set pieces without resorting to predictability...It's probably safe to say he has arrived.”
“Dash Shaw seems set to become a name to be reckoned with in comics...a wonderful introduction to Shaw’s work, and should certainly find its way into the hands of those craving more.”
Rod Lott - Bookgasm
“Just what is Dash Shaw on? And may I please have some? ...The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. [is] an anything-goes anthology quite attractively packaged by Fantagraphics Books... Yeah, [the title story] is different. Yeah, it’s awesome.... stunning.”
Andrew Wheeler - ComicMix
“Unclothed Man is an interesting, if quirky, collection of the work of a cartoonist who is still getting stronger and more confident.”
Christopher Irving - Graphic NYC
“It’s the experimentation of the work found within (and without) The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD which excites me the most. This is the work of a young artist who is playing with arrangement of panel, with color and form, and coming up with his own thing. ... There's lots to appreciate in this collection of avant garde comics.”
Ed Howard - Only the Cinema
“Dash Shaw is an utterly brilliant young cartoonist who has, in a few short years, advanced from the academic experiments of his earlier work... into a formalist genius whose skills encompass both a natural gift for color and a feel for subtle, indirect characterization.”
Christopher Allen - Comic Book Galaxy
“[T]he handful of short stories here represent great leaps in, or at the very least previously unseen examples of, [Shaw's] innovative approach to comics coloring, as well as some inventive storytelling techniques.”
The Onion A.V. Club
“The Unclothed Man does reveal a future master in his formative stages… Shaw may be the cartoonist of the rising generation most capable of delivering a long-form work with the formal daring and humanity of a David Mazzucchelli or an Art Spiegelman.”
“[C]ombines original storyboards for the web series and collects several of Shaw’s short stories, all of them unique [and] gut-punchingly wondrous.”
Graphic Novel Reporter
“[C]ollects Shaw’s acclaimed, genre-bending short stories from MOME, including “Look Forward, First Son of Terra Two,” a remarkable story of two lovers traveling in opposite directions…in time.”
Collecting storyboards and comics from the animated series created for the Independent Film Channel along with short stories previously presented in Mome, this anthology spotlights Shaw’s complex visual poetry about human relationships. The book opens with alternating full stories and storyboards taken from Shaw’s work on his animated project, about a special agent in the far future sent to impersonate a robotic life model at an art school in order to secretly break the custom against drawing real human beings. Shaw’s artwork creates a unique, fantastic future and gives the reader insight into his creative process through its presentation of multiple stages of production. The rest of the book assembles short pieces on how people relate to each other. Often with elements of science fiction and distorted time presentation, the best of these, “First Son of Terra Two” combines both into a story of a man and a woman from different worlds, each traveling in an opposite direction in time. In a stunning display of visual creativity, each story has its own distinct artistic style and presentation format. Color and shape serve as language as much as if not more than written words in this striking collection. (Jan.)