The Three Paradoxes

The Three Paradoxes

by Paul Hornschemeier


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An intricate, complex autobiographical comic blending multiple threads of reality and fantasy, each drawn in a different style, coming together as one story questioning change, progress, and worth in the author's life.

The Three Paradoxes is an intricate and complex autobiographical comic by one of the most talented and innovative young cartoonists today. The story begins with a story inside the story: the cartoon character Paul Hornschemeier is trying to finish a story called "Paul and the Magic Pencil." Paul has been granted a magical implement, a pencil, and is trying to figure out what exactly it can do. He isn't coming up with much, but then we zoom out of this story to the creator, Paul, whose father is about to go on a walk to turn off the lights in his law office in the center of the small town. Abandoning the comic strip temporarily, Paul leaves with his camera, in order to fulfill a promise to his girlfriend that he would take pictures of the places that affected him as a child. Each "chapter" of the story is drawn in a completely different style, with strikingly unique production and color themes, and yet, somehow, despite (or perhaps because of) this non-linear progression, it all comes together as one story: a story questioning change, progress, and worth within the author's life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781560976530
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 07/02/2007
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Hornschemeier lives in Chicago, IL, with his fiancée, Emily. He is the author of several graphic novels, including Mother, Come Home, Let Us Be Perfectly Clear, The Three Paradoxes, All and Sundry and Forlorn Funnies.

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kivarson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really like how Hornschemeier employs several different comic styles within the framework of the story. Departing from the realistic looking drawings of him visiting his parents, his childhood memories start out looking like pages out of the Sunday funnies, then more like comic books from the 50's for the memories from high school. Especially interesting is how he confronts his inner demons with rough sketches done in blue ink on plain white paper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago