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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st Fantagraphics Books Ed edition (1 Sept. 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: 1,249,269 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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By jasonteadrinker on 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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A Comic Tour-de-force! 26 April 2005
By Andrew W. Farago - Published on
Format: Paperback
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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Visual hilarity 29 Dec. 2009
By Steven Warfield - Published on
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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Witty and dark 16 Nov. 2005
By J. Garson - Published on
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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.
A unique piece of art 26 July 2012
By TheIntruder - Published on
Format: Paperback
If I were to rate this purely on the basis of how much I enjoyed it, I would probably give it three stars, but then I would be doing it an injustice.

First of all, the art is excellent, although not all the gags are funny, but this may be because (a) I'm pretty much as jaded a reader as you can get these days (b) I don't particularly like rhymes these days (c) although I'm pretty knowledgeable about classic comic strips, there is probably lots of things I just don't "get".

Clearly Langridge worked really hard on this book. It is not a collection of monthly issues where the writer/artist is on a deadline and does his best. Clearly a lot of thought went into this book.
A showcase of Langridge's talents. 21 Oct. 2013
By Hwy61Joe - Published on
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.
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