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A.L.I.E.E.E.N. [Paperback]

Lewis Trondheim
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: First Second (2 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596430958
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596430952
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beaten up, tattered, and weather worn, this volume has crossed through space to become the first extra-terrestrial comic book in print on earth. The language and even the alphabet are alien, but as human readers will soon discover, the themes and stories are universal. These interwoven stories and vignettes start out quite simply, but a darker, more complex side is gradually revealed as alien characters act out very human problems, from peer pressure to intolerance to the challenges of friendship. Beneath it's apparently childlike and catoony style, "A.L.I.E.E.E.N." explores human nature, cruelty and kindness with surprising depth and loads of humour.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What comics should be. 19 April 2007
A beautifully drawn book that drops into the gaps left by Jim Woodrings surreal worlds and Jasons silent comedies. It also has the best faeces sight gags since Chester Browns coprophagic characters. An andidote to the awful super hero comics. Trondheim has created a tiny world where even the aliens feel alienated in their own comic book world. No heroes, just aliens stuggling to do their childish and confused best effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, funny, fun 16 Mar 2011
It really is sweet. The characters are cute, the colours are gorgeous, the stories are fun.

There are no words in the book, at least no human words, but it doesn't need any. Everything needed is portrayed in the beautiful, simple images.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves simple, quirky comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute, funny, and disgusting. Yay! 29 Oct 2006
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A.L.I.E.E.N. is a strange little comic book. It has no words, only alien writing. It also has very weird stories, with blood and poop and... eyeballs stuffed into an alien's throat. But! It is not something that'll give you nightmares, what with its bright, colorful pages and cute little aliens. These bizarre little aliens go about their lives, unsuspecting of their DOOM! It's quite disturbing to see one alien walk around with its friend, only to get its eyes punctured by a prickly plant. Still... you can't help but go "aww" for the unfortunate little thing, or laugh with sick sadistic pleasure. Yeah, the book is weird, but it's funny. Too bad it's short.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sinister, scary and fun 26 Oct 2009
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
"A.L.I.E.E.E.N.: Archives of Lost Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties"
Written and illustrated by Louis Trondheim
(First Second Books, 2006)
Wow, what a creepy, clever book. This quick, wordless graphic novel poses as a genial hoax -- the author claims it is a comic book from outer space that he found while backpacking in the hills. If it is from outer space, the culture it comes from is quite sinister and remorselessly violent. The art style is cutesy and cartoonish, sort of like Pokemon placed in a George Herriman landscape, but the story is nothing short of horrific: one minute characters are skipping playfully in the forest, the next second one winds up impaled on a thorny tree, its eyes gouged out and bloody. The creature's friend, a cute Tweety Bird-like character, leads its blinded companion to a doctor (a multi-eyeballed worm) but the doctor proceeds to violate the hapless patient in a variety of ways (and is later seen hideously torturing another "patient") In the following chapters we are brought into a dark, frightening world where smaller creatures are mercilessly pursued, tricked and killed by larger creatures, cartoon brutes who are quite cheerful about their "games." Several of the more innocent-looking critters dodge their aggressors in a variety of ways, and their lives briefly intersect until finally the saga comes to a grimy, disgusting, apocalyptic end.

Sounds awful, I know, but even though the content is disturbing, the book itself is both entertaining and intellectually provocative. On a surface level, the story of a violent culture finally swept away by its own sewage is an apt metaphor for our own world, minus the cute animals and the eyeball monsters. This is a book that is certainly worth reading, and which may haunt you for a while after you're done with it... It is not, however, recommended for very young readers. This is the stuff of screaming and nightmares. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary Art. 14 Mar 2013
By Connie Cann - Published on Amazon.com
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The only issue I have with this is that it is too short. It is both creepy and poignant, dark and silly. For a blood-stained comic book filled with gibberish dialogue, there are some very interesting underlying themes. This one strikes me as particularly relevant/relatable: a monster assimilates into a new group by wearing one of their skins. I can't really say enough about this graphic novel; it should be sliced open and framed in a contemporary art museum.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book, HATE this edition 16 Jan 2008
By Jennifer Koch - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE this book and its quirky story line. I found a copy of it on my cousin's bookshelf while I was visiting her this summer in France. Her copy was hardbound with excellent subtle coloring printing.
The book I received from Amazon (the English version) was a huge disappointment. The colors are very harsh and the printing is awful in comparison to the original French version.
I'll be returning my copy to Amazon and be tracking down a French version.
2.0 out of 5 stars just so bad... 6 July 2014
By john washington - Published on Amazon.com
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what the heck was that about? lewis! i love you...but that was terrible! dangit. i was really looking forward to this.

in my opinion the problem is it was too messed up for kids and too stupid for some adults. the visuals were nice but not enough to carry it. it was depressing, filled with murder, torture (peeling the skin of the face of an innocent alien, wearing the skin of another) and tons of defecation, litteraly, rivers of it. ah... no. i'm good thanks. just gross. stupid. again and again it turns up and man nothing was funny for me. there's no words so it's a quick read 5-10 minutes. explains why it was a bargain price of 5.50 and i guess i got the last one because doesn't look like it's available anymore. baaaaad.

recommended: harum scarum, the hoodoodad, ralph azham books. early dungeon,

lewis whyyyyyyy?
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