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The Auteur, Book One: Presidents Day [Kindle Edition]

Rick Spears , Charlie Chu , Ari Yarwood , James Callahan
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Fresh off the biggest bomb in Hollywood history, producer Nathan T. Rex enters a downward spiral of drugs and depravity in a quest to resurrect his career and save his soul. Over budget and behind schedule on PRESIDENTS DAY, he is backed into a corner by bad publicity, a crap project, and studio politics.

Enlisting serial-killer-turned-murder-consultant Darwin, his trusty assistant Igor, narcotics from Doctor Love, and the lovely actress Coconut, T. Rex will stop at nothing in his quest for cinematic fame and glory.

God help us all.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 54355 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (10 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOV2DLI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,134,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rude, Crude and Hilarious 19 Sept. 2014
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a new series and this is the very first episode. I should point out that this is for mature audiences due to some strong language and illustrations. Producer Nathan T Rex has just made probably the biggest flop in history; in fact people only go to see it to see if it can really be as bad as reported. For Nathan this could be the end of his career because in Hollywood you are only as successful as your last movie. Can Nathan turn things around though, and make his next film ‘President’s Day’ into a high grossing success?

For Nathan though nothing ever runs normally, what with his experimental drugs guru and other things. Needing some help for his next slasher movie why not hire some sort of consultant? For Nathan the infamous serial killer Darwin would be great for a murder consultant, so he needs to take part in his trial to get an acquittal. On top of that he is in love after seeing the gracious wobbling of the dark temptress, Coconut’s, booty.

The jokes come thick and fast, the humour goes between teen crudity and something darker, and the story is part black comedy and satire on the film business. With hallucinatory scenes from drug usage to the making of films this has a slightly surreal feel, especially with all the experimental drug use and killing. Some may find this offensive, but at the end of the day this is all just fun entertainment that may even make you think about what drives movies to be made, and what are hits. My favourite piece in this has to be the testicle shot. We all know that the paparazzi love snapping shots of women getting out of cars in short dresses flashing their panties, or showing that they haven’t got any on at all, so imagine a man getting out of a car in shorts, and something dropping out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring artless crap 14 Sept. 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The Auteur is a comic that desperately wants to be funny and satirical and fails at both.

Nathan T. Rex is a hot Hollywood producer whose films have been enormously successful. Except for his latest movie, Cosmos, which is the first in a trilogy of movies already filmed and costing the studio half a billion dollars - Cosmos is flopping and T. Rex needs a hit soon to restore his rep. So he stumbles across a pitch for President’s Day, a slasher flick with Abe Lincoln as the killer, but it’s not enough - the movie needs to be stand out, so he hires a real serial killer as his murder consultant. And then things really go off the rails…

I’m a big Warren Ellis fan and loved his and Darick Robertson’s Vertigo series, Transmetropolitan. If you’ve read those books, you too might notice quite a resemblance between T. Rex’s personality and Spider Jerusalem’s. They’re both drug-taking loons whose moods go up and down like a roller coaster as they barrel through their chaotic lives.

But while Spider’s story had a whiff of nobility (among other things) as he was an outlaw journo taking down a corrupt presidency, T. Rex is just a hack producer who wants to get with a big-bottomed woman. Seriously - that’s his motivation for the entire book. He sees a “big black ass” (his words) and the story goes from being about a serial killer on the set of a slasher movie actually killing the actors, to becoming the most pitiful excuse for a love story - no, it’s a lust story - ever. At no point are you rooting for this unpleasant man or hoping he gets anywhere near the “bubble butt” of his dreams.

Unpleasant is a good word to describe the “humour” of this book. One of the issues opens with T. Rex’s analysis of the various kinds of boobs women have - sides split yet?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs, mayhem, and romance 23 Sept. 2014
By Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Presidents Day" collects the first five issues of The Auteur. President's Day is also the name of the latest movie that Nathan Rex is producing. He needs a hit to recover from his most recent bomb. He's counting on President's Day, a slasher film, to be that hit. The slasher wears a Reagan mask ... no, a Lincoln mask ... and carries a butcher knife ... no, an axe. Rex doesn't know what he wants until visions induced by exceptionally good drugs lead to an epiphany -- Rex needs a murder consultant.

Rex turns to a true slasher for advice, a decision that leads to wildly gory art. The blood and gore are so intentionally over-the-top that I wouldn't expect readers to be put off by all the butchery. The story is a send-up of Hollywood (an admittedly easy target) and of slasher films (maybe an easier target) but it pressed all the right comedic buttons for me. Had the story done nothing else, though, it would not have earned the fifth star I'm giving it.

To get the slasher's help, Rex needs to get an online law degree and defend the slasher in court. Being a hack movie producer has prepared him for the role. His unorthodox approach to criminal defense is the funniest thing since My Cousin Vinny. When Rex finally gets around to filming the movie, the act of filming is freaking hilarious ... and again, insanely bloody. Yet somehow all of this turns into a story of romance. An unorthodox romance, to be sure, but still a surprising turn of events in a story that is mostly about sex, drugs, and mayhem. If it were meant to be taken seriously, it would be cheesy, but as a send-up of Hollywood romance on top of Hollywood slasher films, The Auteur gets 5 stars on my laugh meter.
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring artless crap 14 Sept. 2014
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Auteur is a comic that desperately wants to be funny and satirical and fails at both.

Nathan T. Rex is a hot Hollywood producer whose films have been enormously successful. Except for his latest movie, Cosmos, which is the first in a trilogy of movies already filmed and costing the studio half a billion dollars - Cosmos is flopping and T. Rex needs a hit soon to restore his rep. So he stumbles across a pitch for President’s Day, a slasher flick with Abe Lincoln as the killer, but it’s not enough - the movie needs to be stand out, so he hires a real serial killer as his murder consultant. And then things really go off the rails…

I’m a big Warren Ellis fan and loved his and Darick Robertson’s Vertigo series, Transmetropolitan. If you’ve read those books, you too might notice quite a resemblance between T. Rex’s personality and Spider Jerusalem’s. They’re both drug-taking loons whose moods go up and down like a roller coaster as they barrel through their chaotic lives.

But while Spider’s story had a whiff of nobility (among other things) as he was an outlaw journo taking down a corrupt presidency, T. Rex is just a hack producer who wants to get with a big-bottomed woman. Seriously - that’s his motivation for the entire book. He sees a “big black ass” (his words) and the story goes from being about a serial killer on the set of a slasher movie actually killing the actors, to becoming the most pitiful excuse for a love story - no, it’s a lust story - ever. At no point are you rooting for this unpleasant man or hoping he gets anywhere near the “bubble butt” of his dreams.

Unpleasant is a good word to describe the “humour” of this book. One of the issues opens with T. Rex’s analysis of the various kinds of boobs women have - sides split yet? Or the howler when he spikes his “love interest”’s drink with hallucinogenics (why did she give him another chance after that again?). How about that the book starts with him metaphorically swimming through the waters of creativity (he’s actually on drugs) looking for something “deep” and “meaningful” and only coming up with a different president to be the killer - geddit, he’s parodying Hollywood’s lack of ideas! And that’s another thing - can you satirise Hollywood anymore? It’s basically become it’s own joke, hasn’t it? Talk about low hanging fruit.

James Callahan’s art is quite good. It’s high level of detail reminded me of the great Geof Darrow’s work and Luigi Anderson’s bright colours were well suited to the druggy, hallucinatory scenes. And I do like the energy of the comic, it’s just such a shame that the main character is someone you immediately hate and then go on to loathe.

The film industry often produces shallow, boring, artless crap so it’s ironic that The Auteur itself becomes the very thing it wanted, and failed, to satirise.
3.0 out of 5 stars I understand what it was trying to do, and even thought some of it was funny, but it just didn't quite do it for me 29 Sept. 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
'The Auteur' is an over the top satire of Hollywood. It's rude, gory and offensive, and while some of it is pretty close to it's mark, I think it still misses it.

Nathan T. Rex is a typical Hollywood huckster. He's a studio producer with a career that is tanking. His new brilliant idea is a horror film called President's Day. Seeking more realism, he helps get a serial killer released from death row to act as a gore consultant on the film. When that plan goes awry, he's left changing the film again while it's being made. Along the way, there are frightening drug trips prescribed by his 'doctor,' a turban wearing fake, who prescribes dangerous combinations of drugs. He's also pursuing the love of his life, or at least the current love of his life.

I liked some of the humor, but felt like it was so over the top that I couldn't tell if I was supposed to like Nathan or be utterly repulsed by him. Art by James Callahan has that can't-look-away-from-the-car-wreck feel to it with gruesome murders and other things that are hard to unsee. It's definitely the right art for the story. I just didn't particularly care for how over the top it was. Your mileage may vary.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors, Oni Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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