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Fred the Clown [Paperback]

Roger Langridge
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9 Jan 2004
The signature creation of cartoonist Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown is the thinking man's idiot. He has an eye for the ladies, as well as several other organs, but they are only willing to offer him a carefully placed kneecap. His foolish misadventures are a curious balance of bleakness and joyful absurdism, that can be traced back through Monty Python, The Goon Show as far as Lewis Carroll. Underlying it all is Langridge's meticulous brush style.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st Fantagraphics Books Ed edition (9 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560976101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560976103
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hailing from New Zealand, and known as one of the most hard-working and prolific cartoonists around, Roger (Zoot, Gross Point) Langridge has crossed all borders with his latest work, Fred the Clown, a book that gives a new definition to the word "idiot". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars it's wonderful 22 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback
lots of silent strips, great style, funny, thought provoking, a lovely collection
some of it is tragic, some ridiculous, all wonderful
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comic Tour-de-force! 26 April 2005
By Andrew W. Farago - Published on Amazon.com
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Without hesitation, I'd easily put Roger Langridge on my short list of the greatest all-around cartoonists alive today. He combines slapstick humor, nimble wordplay, Vaudeville, old-tyme comics and filters it through a modern sensibility (with liberal doses of Monty Python, the Goon Show, and the occasional bit of heartbreak and tragedy thrown in for good measure).

This is required reading for everyone who loves comics, everyone who used to love comics but has given up on them, everyone who's been raised by wolves and doesn't understand the concept of comics and pretty much everyone else who doesn't fit into any of the categories above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Visual hilarity 29 Dec 2009
By Steven Warfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Once again I picked a book pretty much at random off the shelf of "graphic novels," and once again I was most pleased with my choice. 'Fred the Clown' is a bizarre combination of gutter humor, satire, existenalism and slapstick that - while not gelling as a cohesive whole - does manage to entertain.

Langridge is at his most humorous - with one exception - when he keeps things short and sweet; the various faux-advertisements throughout the book are exceeding hysterical in their ineptitude of driving sales. But one of the funniest bits in the book is the faux-history of the strip, which takes several pages to tell. I think what I liked the best about this was the inclusion of works through the 'Fred the Clown eras' that pretty much universally are referred to as less than spectacular works.

The strips themselves are largely free of any sort of dialogue and Langridge does a good job of conveying whatever thoughts/emotions/expected actions by way of pantomime or picture thought bubbles.

The style reminded me of early Steve Purcell ('Sam & Max') which I consider a good thing. I look forward to a possible companion to this should it ever materialize.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and dark 16 Nov 2005
By J. Garson - Published on Amazon.com
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Disturbingly funny, ritchly textured, and fully capable of making you laugh and cry by turns. This book is a love letter to the whole history of comic images.

Within these pages you'll find a funny set of stories, but you'll also see a sly satire of comic artist from the 1890s to today. Each story seems to be done in a different style, by a different fictional artist. Background notes and a false history of Fred the Clown comics give a funny authenticity to these parody styles.

Well worth giving it a try. It's very, very funny.
4.0 out of 5 stars A showcase of Langridge's talents. 21 Oct 2013
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Roger Langridge is a brilliant cartoonist. If you have already discovered Langridge through his more recent MUPPETS, POPEYE and SNARKED comics, as I had, you'll enjoy this further exploration of his talents. If you aren't familiar with Langridge but admire the talents of great cartoonists you will enjoy having this on your shelf! FRED THE CLOWN is a showcase for Langridge's talents. It's basically an anthology book using this comical little clown to tell all sorts of little stories. It reminds me of the old Charlie Chaplin films or Three Stooges shorts where the same actors play essentially the same characters though in continuously different situations and scenarios.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic eye candy 22 July 2013
By R. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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As much fun to read as it is to look at. The crisp clean line art is fantastic. Love this style.
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