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Wally Gropius
     

Wally Gropius

by Tim Hensley
 
From the pages of MOME, a grown-up Richie Rich.
Superficially resembling 1960s teenage humor comics, Tim Hensley's graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture that tells the story of the titular character, who bears a closer resemblance to a teenaged Richie Rich or a classmate of Archie Andrews at Riverdale

Overview

From the pages of MOME, a grown-up Richie Rich.
Superficially resembling 1960s teenage humor comics, Tim Hensley's graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture that tells the story of the titular character, who bears a closer resemblance to a teenaged Richie Rich or a classmate of Archie Andrews at Riverdale High than he does the famous Bauhaus architect whose name he shares.
Wally is the human Dow Jones, the heir to a vast petrochemical conglomerate. When the elder Thaddeus Gropius confronts Wally with the boilerplate plot ultimatum that he must marry "the saddest girl in the world" or be disinherited, a yarn unravels that is part screwball comedy and part unhinged parable on the lucrativeness of changing your identity.
Hensley's dialogue is witty, lyrical, sampled, dada, and elliptical--all in the service of a very bizarre mystery. There's sex, violence, rock and roll, intrigue, and betrayal--all brought home in Hensley's truly inimitable style.
Created during an era when another well-off "W" was stuffing the coffers of the morbidly solvent, Wally Gropius transforms futile daydreams and nightmares into the absurdity of capital.

Editorial Reviews

Chris Mautner - Robot 6
“Hensley manages to create something rather unique and deeply rewarding in Wally Gropius. This is a comic that rewards multiple readings and contemplation. It's also one of the best — and funniest — books of the year.”
J. Caleb Mozzocco - Newsarama
“Tim Hensley’s sly satire of silly ‘60s kids comics is an amazingly accomplished, spot-on imitation of the look and feel of those books, but with a sharper edged and heavier weight.”
Ken Parille - Blog Flume
“[Wally Gropius] has quickly become one of my favorite graphic novels. ... [It] radiates a real sense of joy, of 'cartooning unfettered.' ... Hensley is one of the best, and most idiosyncratic, writers of text in comics.”
Joe McCulloch - Comics Comics
“Tim Hensley... mix[es] and sampl[es] elements in a self-evident way for a gleeful result… Yet it’s oddly difficult to describe Wally Gropius in more specific terms, but know that it’s about a rich boy and a determined girl and their courtship, and how prolix borrowed comic devices can build into something distressing indeed.”
Dan Nadel - Comics Comics
“Wally Gropius is a terrifying comic book and everyone reading this should buy it immediately. ... It is also a terrifying book to talk about, because its level of craft is so high, its surface so impenetrable, that it’s like trying to write about Kubrick or something: You know it’s all in there, but it’s hard to find a foothold.”
Abhay Kholsa - The Savage Critics
“Wally Gropius is a book that’s constantly lying to the reader, with a terrifying chaos roiling just immediately below its surface… but that nevertheless ends up getting at a greater truth of things. And so, yeah: I thought that was pretty neat.”
Sean T. Collins - Attentiondeficitdisorderly
“[L]ike reading your favorite poem.. as translated into a language with a totally different alphabet. ... And wonder of wonders, the book finds its own way to be really funny amid all these highfalutin hijinks.”
Daniel Clowes
“One of my favorite ‘graphic novels’ of all time. Hilarious and utterly unique, Wally Gropius is a work of unassuming genius that rewards on ever-deepening levels with each rereading.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606993552
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Hensley was born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1966, but now lives in Hollywood with his wife and pets. Wally Gropius is his first book.

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