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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (15 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560971835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560971832
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 0.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 July 2001
Format: Paperback
The life and times of fictional "comic artist" (not cartoonist) Daniel Peter 'Pussey!' as rendered by actual "cartoonist" Daniel Clowes is a slyly funny book and typical Clowes; clean lines, bullseye dialogue and 'vinegared' world view.
This collection of nine stories 'torn from the pages of Eightball!' (Clowes anthology comic) as the cover excitedly states, makes no pretence to being a single narrative, but in providing selected highlights of our facially 'un-blessed' hero (from less than ten years old to his deathbed) it covers a respectable sum of ground. Pussey! is the tale of loner hiding in fiction, a not so furtive satire of the comics industry and undoubtedly a parody of Clowes and his cartoonist acquaintances. But it's not. It's a comic book about comic books, which make normal literary summations kind of redundant.
The degree of 'realism' in the drawing of figures and faces fluctuates constantly and consciously, as does weight of line and the rendering (or absence of) backgrounds in frame. This use of a wide range of cartooning techniques colours the reading in ways very difficult to categorise.
Each frame is 'loaded', like a comedians movements or the hint of sarcasm in a voice. This coupled with very funny dialogue (Pussey's gym teacher: "Pussey, you're worse than a hundred girls!") makes for a book you will re-read many times. Which is undoubtedly a good thing because it is pretty lightweight.
Which brings me to two criticisms. First off, as I mentioned, the book could not be accused of being too long, but then a lot of comic books (I hate the term graphic novel) share this anorexic tendency.
Secondly, although a cursory glance at the book will indicate to you just how talented a cartoonist/story teller Daniel Clowes is, with this book he is simply having fun.
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This is some of mr Cloves more "normal" work. You can follow it without feeling like you are on an acid trip. Whether that is a good or bad thing, I leave to reader discretion. In short, this is a comic book about a comic book artist, and it works. Laid back and fun, I can recommend this heartily.
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A classic from one of my favourite authors, the life of a pathetic looser nerd and a parody of the superhero comics. How not to love it?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I was that Pussey 25 April 2001
By Brad Cheng - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, this comic is possibly the most hysterical thing you'll ever read, if you've ever read comics or had a lingering doubt you might be a nerd. I idolized the comic's hero Dan Pussey immediately as an archtype par extraodinaire. I recommend the book to those in their late thirties and ready to laugh comfortably at what they once were. Or at least I was.
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I knew Dan Pussey! 8 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
...and still do. DP is a tragic figure, instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent any time around comics, or for that matter, any "social scene" based upon collectables (video games, stamps, ducks). And that mouth... those teeth... that nearly unbreakable faith in his powers. And oh yeah, "Pussey!" is also the best send-up of the comic/convention/geek scene ever written. Not to take away from Clowes' undeniable genius as an artist and writer, but much of Pussey!'s effectiveness is due to the medium itself, which as Clowes himself writes is "the most versitile art form" and puts into several panels what might take a "pure" writer several chapters (or more likely, none at all).
Clowes pulls no punches. We have met Pussey, and he is us.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
there has never been a better satire of the comic industry 15 Jun. 1999
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Format: Paperback
the best send up of the comics industry ever, includes moronic super-hero artists, opportunistic publishers, and a glimpse into the future....
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This Pussey doesn't have nine lives... 1 Feb. 2012
By Erik Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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My comic-book collecting heyday was back in the 70s and early 80s. I quit upon enlisting in the Marine Corps, but when I got out in 1991 I resumed collecting for a couple of years until I became disillusioned by rampant speculation, multiple covers, inflated prices, and various cheesy sales gimmicks. Daniel Clowes' "Pussey!" perfectly captures that period of comics history while also managing to skewer both the creative and business aspects of the industry.

The titular character is a prototypical introvert geek that grows up devouring comic books and drawing superheroes at the expense of developing social skills. Dan Pussey eventually breaks his way into the biz as an illustrator, and we follow his rise and fall as an artistic force in comicdom. An omnipresent, Svengali-like publisher influences and dominates Pussey's life, manipulating our hero until he's cast aside and supplanted by the next hungry, young, and trendy penciller.

There's plenty of humor in the author's dead-on portrayal of weird comic fans, egocentric artists, and industry tropes, but Mr. Clowes goes beyond this low-hanging fruit by showing the darker side of comic creation, most tellingly with the character of the elderly publisher, Dr. Infinity. We see creative types like Pussey used and abused over the years by Infinity, who takes credit for their accomplishments and pays them peanuts while collecting the lion's share of the accolades and profits.

Real-life incidents (though thinly disguised), such as the Siegel and Shuster Superman debacle are woven into Pussey's tragicomic story to demonstrate this shocking abuse of the creative folks, making me thankful that legendary comic artist Neal Adams is fighting so hard for creator's rights. Any comic reader or collector, particularly those who lived through the wacky excesses of the 1990s, will want to add "Pussey!" to their bookshelf (alongside Mr. Clowes' "Ghost World").
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
That's "Pooh-say" 28 Aug. 2007
By Babytoxie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
PUSSEY! is a collection of short works by Dan Clowes that skewers the comic industry. Dan Pussey works his way up from a neurotic childhood to a position as artist in the Infinity Comics bullpen, finally becoming the comics superstar of the nineties... but in the end, what's it all worth? The stories are hilarious, but there's definitely an uncomfortable vibe running throughout the book, as the situations contained within are one step removed from real life in the industry. Stan Lee, Art Spiegelman, Los Bros. Hernandez, and other creators, both modern and classic, get their turns - almost always for the worse. I never could understand how an entire movie came out of the short "Art School Confidential" (contained in TWENTIETH CENTURY EIGHTBALL); however, the saga of Dan Pussey has more than enough material for the silver screen. So get ahead of the curve, read PUSSEY!, and impress your friends when the preview is shown at your next movie outing.
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