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David Boring
David Boring
by Daniel Clowes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Just so much catty blah blah blah with low-level artwork and tedious detective story, 27 Aug. 2016
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A tedious read. David Boring gives the impression of having been written in no time at all, the dialogue and structure just thrown off as all it is is just so much catty blah blah blah. The artwork is at a low level too offering neither beauty nor nuance, while the detective story spells tedium like the dialogue.


Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: Honing the Hybridity of the Graphic Novel
Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: Honing the Hybridity of the Graphic Novel
by D. J. Dycus
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Assessment of Jimmy Corrigan by one not entirely convinced by it, 26 Aug. 2016
The book is very informative although it is strange to find a sentence like this in one on Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: "Jimmy Corrigan is like reading a novel with multiple story lines that do not offer closure or ultimate significance until the very end of the work". Ware's Jimmy Corrigan never lets up in "significance" for its entire length and the end, by contrast, avoids easy "significance".

The book is like one written by someone not entirely convinced of the greatness of Ware's Jimmy Corrigan despite its greatness and looking to pick it apart in comparison by bringing up elements that are not what Ware was trying to achieve but are part of other works.


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest ever graphic novel?, 26 Aug. 2016
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This is a truly magnificent piece of work, a masterpiece of the medium to rank alongside Maus by Speigelman. Only the title is weak!

A study of alienation and lives shut down in childhood and for good. The format that the story takes is brilliant, fascinating and meaningful too.

This will be underrated by people who like to read comics that stay on the surface or those that only romanticise hard times or are by authors who don't have the perceptiveness to truly illuminate a comics` situations. Ware isn't exploitative though and doesn't delve into tough times in a cynical way. This comic will be marked down though far more than other inferior ones because it isn't superficial: great art pushes boundaries and by its very nature can rarely then be popular. Everyone who would rather stay where things are familiar and safe will be left behind and some of them write reviews on Amazon to justify themselves!

Especially great are the parts of the book that focus on events of more than 100 years ago. The first 300 pages of the book are wonderful after the first 10 or 20 to settle into Chris Ware`s style and his character`s fantasy life excerpts, which are also completely justified in the circumstances of the character`s life unlike how they are used in many other books. The final hundred pages are very good too.


The Three Paradoxes
The Three Paradoxes
by Paul Hornschemeier
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty throwaway and especially compared to the masterpieces in this medium, 18 Aug. 2016
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The Three Paradoxes is a one-sitting read not because it is that good but because it isn't strong enough to give pause for thought either visually or story-wise. The story is quite perfunctory and the actual Three Paradoxes section is just dropped in without anything around it to justify it, like a bit of pretension without the proof.

It is a nice, light little read but pretty throwaway. The are masterpieces in this medium like Maus by Spiegelman and Jimmy Corrigan the Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware and other greats like Fun House by Bechdel. Three Paradoxes is only a sketch much like the efforts of its character.


Persepolis
Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The first section/book is too glib, the second (A Return) much less so and excellent., 14 Aug. 2016
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It is strangely not The Story of a Childhood that is strong of the two books compiled here, but The Story of a Return, much of which is about the time the author spent in Austria rather than in Iran.

The first book has all the detail of life in Iran during and and in the immediate years after the revolution but comes off as too glib and self absorbed due to her being focussed on her own gauche, childish miscomprehension and reactions to events. This book is much stronger read as an examination of how children are, in the negative sense, than one on the events that she is writing about, which are set down so methodically that it is almost like a checklist is being followed. The second book is unexpectedly a lot stronger than the first though the first has much more on her subject, Iran.

The illustration isn't very strong, being rather childish, while not using this to its advantage, emotions conveyed without much subtlety or detail. The book is too chronological and could have done with being more mixed up (a little of Jimmy the Smartest Kid on Earths style) rather than so very "this happened then this happened then this then this". Stronger graphic novels that convey together what Persepolis does in terms of how people and family members are together and / or the reactions to sweeping socio political changes are the brilliant Maus by Art Spiegelman and the mostly excellent Fun Home by Alison Bechtel.


The Arrival
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite, both very real and magical graphic novel., 5 Aug. 2016
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Exquisite, both very real and magical graphic novel on the immigrant experience, with images only.

A true great alongside the likes Maus by Spiegelman and Fun Home by Bechdel.


[ Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Turtleback School & Library) Bechdel, Alison ( Author ) ] { Hardcover } 2007
[ Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (Turtleback School & Library) Bechdel, Alison ( Author ) ] { Hardcover } 2007
by Alison Bechdel
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful graphic novel / comic, 4 Aug. 2016
A wonderful graphic novel.

One of the possible pitfalls of the comic is poor writing with visuals to disguise it. Alison Blechdel's prose is masterful though and the visuals too are great.

This is one of the truly great comics.


Shortcomings
Shortcomings
by Adrian Tomine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow and with artwork without nuance. Compare with true greats such as, 4 Aug. 2016
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Shallow and with artwork without nuance. Compare this to something great like Fun Home by Alison Bechdel or Maus by Art Spiegelman to see what I mean.


Game of Thrones - Season 5 (Includes Bonus Disc - Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [Blu-ray]
Game of Thrones - Season 5 (Includes Bonus Disc - Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Peter Dinklage
Price: £41.95

2.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary writing, gore, a little soft porn, corny acting, silly computer graphics, 31 July 2016
Game of Thrones is not well written. It has been on only very rare occasions over 6 series that instances of good writing having occurred. Game of Thrones is simply light entertainment given "weight" by being full of determined people with frowns, some gore and a little soft porn chucked in for good measure. There is some laughably corny acting and some silly computer graphics. The whole thing teeters on on the edge of being a bad joke and is ideal fodder for parody. At the most, Game of Thrones is escapism.

Series 6 is the worst one, in which there is the least development. The episode "The Broken Man" is the good one, at least for the first 3/4s of it at least before it falls back on lazy game of thronesisms.


Mon Oncle [Blu-ray]
Mon Oncle [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Jacques Tati
Price: £15.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Tati's first masterpiece, 27 July 2016
This review is from: Mon Oncle [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
The genius, Tati, makes his first masterpiece, to be followed by Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot and Playtime (followed by the underrated Traffic). The understanding of life is manifest here and yet no-one else made such films that give so much to anyone with eyes to see, not even needing the blah, blah of explanations for what you are seeing that comes with all other films. Hilarious and poignant without ever tugging heartstrings in blatant way.


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