New Construction: Two More Stories

New Construction Two More Stories L A Times Book Prizes Finalist Graphic Novel Comics A collection of two new stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden In Household a brother and sister deal with divergent

  • Title: New Construction: Two More Stories
  • Author: Sam Alden
  • ISBN: 9781941250037
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • L.A Times Book Prizes Finalist Graphic Novel Comics 2016A collection of two new stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden In Household, a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever In Backyard, vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations featuring a new, neverL.A Times Book Prizes Finalist Graphic Novel Comics 2016A collection of two new stories from cartoonist and Adventure Time contributor Sam Alden In Household, a brother and sister deal with divergent memories of their father and grow closer than ever In Backyard, vegans and anarchists share a house, small dramas and bizarre transformations featuring a new, never before published ending Designed as a companion volume for the critically acclaimed It Never Happened Again, New Construction cements Sam Alden s reputation as one of the best cartoonists of his generation.Sam Alden Sam Alden is the author of It Never Happened Again, Wicked Chicken Queen, and Lydian, among others He is a two time Ignatz winner and four time nominee, and works full time as a writer and storyboarder on Cartoon Network s Adventure Time.Praise for Sam Alden s It Never Happened Again Alden s natural sense of framing and pace, his willingness to use silent panels to tell stories, and his beautiful yes, beautiful pencil images combined to open my eyes to a new idea of what a great comic can be It helps that he s also an excellent writer both stories sketch out lonely, lost characters efficiently, and put them each through very different quests for meaning Dan Kois, Slate Two thematically divergent, but devastatingly human portraits from an emerging cartoonist displaying the sort of storytelling and artistic restraint that often only comes after years of toiling away at the drawing board Alden is a talent to watch Publishers Weekly

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    • I can study Sam Alden's comics for hours: the looseness of his pencils, the play of shadow and light, the jumpy disrupted narrative sequencing - there's a lot that's new going on here and I can feel my mind stretching every time I read him.Also, these are two of the darkest, most disturbing comics stories I've read in a while.



    • As an art form, comics are relatively young, especially when compared to fields such as writing or painting. Comic artists are still trying to figure out the limitations of the medium, pushing boundaries, and experimenting with tone, plot, style, and other elements. So, I guess it shouldn't be a surprise when a creator does something original but, goddamn, Sam Alden is just on a whole different level right now."New Construction," Alden's latest book, follows the same format as his previous work, [...]


    • Very atmospheric. These stories jump from scene to scene with no warning or transition (sometimes multiple times on a single page), so it takes a bit of work on the reader's part to understand what's happening. Some of my favorite books are challenging (like "The Sound and The Fury"), so this was not a deficit but rather an asset for me. The characters and their interactions are extremely compelling. No exposition is used, so the reader must use fragmented dialogue to suss out the situations. Th [...]


    • While I didn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed It Never Happened Again: Two Stories, I was impressed by the depth of story he was able to convey so quickly and efficiently. Alden's strength lies in his economic drawings and storytelling."Backyard"This is an odd story that hit the edge of satire for me just in the way he illustrated this communal living situation. It's already bizarre, with Molly living outside as an animal while the others are argue about how to handle her. But it overcomes [...]


    • Sam Alden is one of the most interesting comic artists I've discovered in the last year or so, writing introspective, realistic accounts of young people drifting through life, with some hints of the bizarre intruding into the everyday. Alden's intense pencilled line work is amazing at evoking his moody, languid stories and instilling in them a sense of detachment that reflects the emotions of the characters. The dialogue in particular is so naturalistic it feels like things people actually say. [...]




    • I loved Wicked Chicken Queen ( Retrofit/ Big Planet) and I have been slowly amassing and reading a collection of Uncivilized Books, so New Construction was a natural fit for me. Alden, a 2 time Ignatz Award winner, impressed me with his pencils. A combination of shading, line work, depth, intensity and detail to create skillfully developed art. The stories ( there are 2) explored the complexities of interpersonal relations between roommates ("Backyard"") and siblings("Household").



    • This book is fucking amazing. Subtle, beautiful, surprisingly dark. These stories are almost like Faulkner: they reaffirmed for me that making the reader work a little (participate, collaborate, w/e) can often yield work that's more powerful than it would be were everything spelled out, however artfully. A cartoonist friend of mine picked this up and was turned off by the sketchy pencil drawings. I bet if he reads it he'll end up liking it, though; so many cartoonists I love -- maybe most -- hav [...]


    • Still in the process of re-reading it, as this is for a bookclub next week and I've been taking notes. Really an interesting and enjoyable read. The experimental nature of the book itself could probably put off some people but honestly it's nothing too crazy; the second time I read it, I realized how normal the story lines actually are, how smooth the narrative goes, only occasionally breaking some traditional narrative rules. I love that I have this book and can go back to reread it at any time [...]


    • 3.5. Alden's rough pencil style with visible eraser marks, especially showing edits to speech balloons, is very charming. The stories are loose and slightly surreal. The second story, "Household," is rougher, more unpolished in style than the first, "Backyard." It still narrates its story compellingly, but I sometimes wish Alden would treat the art here as pencils, and would go back to finish the work by inking it.





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