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Skyscrapers Of The Midwest [Hardcover]

Joshua Cotter
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11 Jun 2008
Observing the isolated existence of an adolescent cat, his younger brother and their overactive imaginations in the American Heartland, Skyscrapers of the Midwest serves as an intimate chronicle of their stories of childhood hope, panic, and loss. Filled with belligerent cowboys, lumbering automaton deities, and wide-open spaces, this comic gives voice to a highly respected new creator in the field of sequential literature.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books (11 Jun 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977030474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977030477
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inauguration of a Major Talent 14 Nov 2009
I'd been hearing about this title and it's creator for a good half a year when I decided to buy it. I was spurred on to do so by seeing examples of Joshua Cotter's work in his interview included in The Comics Journal #299 and the piece itself revealed a lively, playful and self-deprecatory mind.
This semi-autobiographical work is, put simply, a masterwork. As a debut it rates so highly that I can't think of another young cartoonist's first major comic book that has the same maturity of style and voice.
"Skyscrapers..." is, broadly, a semi-fictionalised memoir of the author's youth in Kansas. The main character, on the cusp of puberty, suffers indignities at the hands of fellow pupils and parents and is accompanied throughout by his younger brother. This character, whilst the epitome of childish wide-eyed innocence is in no way a "cookie-cutter" character-he is a fully realised being. And his cuteness is wholly palatable, not sentimental or nauseating in any way- though it certainly is for his elder brother! The two siblings relationship forms the crux of the book.
I found Joshua Cotter's drawings to be reminiscent of the very early "Fritz the Cat" comics by R.Crumb, though more heavily rendered. Mostly this cross-hatchey style of drawing is not to my taste but in this instance it works beautifully, especially when contrasted with a more clear-line style which Cotter also intermittently employs. This more "open" style is used for the fake advertisements and cowboy-agony-uncle (!) letters pages which punctuate the chapters. All the characters are portrayed as anthropomorphic cats, with the exception of a certain Judeo-Christian deity who is shown as a huge, animated toy robot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars probably my favorite comic of all time. 10 July 2008
By cbair - Published on
I first came across SoTM at a comic shop in Atlanta, GA. The artwork on the cover (it was issue # 1) just grabbed me. Upon glancing at the comic, it had a unique kind of sarcastic humor to it. I connected with the comic, and in turn...the comic connected with me. I think it's a rare thing to read a piece of literature (be it comics, article, novel, etc.) and to think to this really connects with who I am, what I enjoy, how I feel about life, etc.

This comic does just that for me. Thoughts of childhood, overall life frustrations, and really a sense of humor that I can totally relate to.

In terms of art, this hardcover book is wonderfully illustrated, beautifully bound together, and does the comics (originally separate issues 1-4) 100% justice. There is also a nice addenda included...which displays much of the extra artwork/sketches, which lets you into the mind of the creator, Josh Cotter. SoTM is definitely my favorite comic line of 2007 and 2008, and quite possibly could be my favorite comic of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Chris Ware... 3 Aug 2008
By elBryan - Published on
Format:Hardcover should own this book.. It's worth a tumble if you collect The Acme Novelty Library.
5.0 out of 5 stars A graphic novel that stands on the shoulders of giants 21 Aug 2010
By Stephen Hines - Published on
Imagine David Lynch's bizarre surrealism crossed with cute, cartoony (yet detailed) artwork and you have something in the ballpark of this amazing graphic novel. The layers and layers of depressing vignettes are loaded with symbolism and recurring motifs, but there's also some comic relief in the form of redneck-mocking humorous newspaper columns as well. If you're not afraid to think, read this book!
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