Pim & Francie:

Pim & Francie: "The Golden Bear Days"

by Al Columbia


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Reprints the cult horror classic—the only collection of the acclaimed cartoonist Columbia’s work to be published.

Collecting more than a decade’s worth of excavations, comic strips, animation stills, storybook covers, and much more, this broken jigsaw puzzle of a graphic novel tells the story of Pim & Francie — childlike male and female imps — whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific, fantastic trouble. The brilliant, fairy tale-like backdrops hint at further layers of reality lurking under every gingerbread house or behind every sunny afternoon. Their loosely defined relationship only contributes to the existential fear that lingers underneath the various perils they are subjected to, which are threaded together by text and notes by the artist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606993040
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 526,085
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Al Columbia is a "cult" comics figure, whose work has appeared in several Fantagraphics anthologies and series. Columbia’s work has also been published in Smoke Signals, The Best American Comics, and Juxtapoz magazine. He lives in Connecticut.

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dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Al Columbia's comics are something unique indeed, and Pim & Francie: "The Golden Bear Days" is certainly the most distilled assemblage of his strange visions that has hit store shelves to date. There's no strict narrative here, but there is nonetheless enough narrative momentum to carry the reader along on this journey of innocence pursued by menace. Or at least that's the surface narrative - clearly our protagonists (Pim and Francie) are ultimately every bit as cruel as the evil forces that harass them. It all adds up to an awfully bleak entertainment, but the author remains true to his intention and doesn't weaken the overall package with unnecessary strains of hope or redemption. This material isn't for everyone, but if you can appreciate the consistency of Columbia's grim vision, it's certainly a worthwhile book.