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Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Matter of Life By Jeffrey Brown

After the acclaimed indie film Save the Date and the bestselling all-ages humor bookDarth Vader and Son, graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Unlikely) returns to the autobiographical work that first made his reputation.
In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603092668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603092661
Author: Jeffery Brown

After growing up in Michigan, a 25-year-old Jeffrey Brown moved to Chicago in 2000 to pursue an MFA at the School of the Art Institute. By the time he completed his MFA, he had abandoned painting and started drawing comics seriously. He splashed onto the comics scene with the self-published relationship memoir Clumsy, which earned praise from cartoonists and readers alike, and was eventually picked up by Top Shelf. Many acclaimed graphic novels followed, establishing Brown as both a hyper-sensitive chronicler of bittersweet romance (Unlikely, Any Easy Intimacy) and a deadpan master of absurdist humor (Incredible Change-Bots, Sulk, I Am Going to Be Small).
Additional projects include: directing a music video for Death Cab for Cutie; the autobiographical collections Little Things, Funny Misshapen Body, and Undeleted Scenes; and the observational books Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. His work has been featured in Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and he occasionally teaches comics at the School of The Art Institute. A film he co-wrote, Save the Date, premieres at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival starring Alison Brie and Lizzy Caplan. The prolific Mr. Brown lives and works in Chicago.
You can write to him at: PO Box 120, Deerfield IL 60015-0120, USA.

Jeffrey Brown
Top Shelf Comix

My Thoughts:
I was drawn to this one because I had read other Jeffery Brown books.  The Vader books were awesome. So I decided to read this one. The art as usual was great. I love his style. But this one was way more serious then the Vader books. This was a deep look into the faith, religion, growth, adult and childhood. It was a glimpse into the authors past and what shaped him into the man and father he is today. It was very thought provoking and rich in details. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and highly recommend it.

My rating:
 4 out of 5

I read this via NetGalley free of charge but the thoughts are my own. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monster on the Hill By Rob Harrell


In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster -- much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.
Each town, that is... except for one. Unfortunately for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.
Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts! 
Monster on the Hill
Author: Rob Harrell
ISBN: 978-1-60309-075-9
Format: 7.2″ x 9″, full color
Page Count: 192  pages
Binding: Soft-cover with French flaps
Audience: All ages (10+)
Price: $19.95
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Release Date: July 2013
Diamond ID: MAY131277

My thoughts:  I have been on a graphic novel kick for awhile and this one caught my attention immediately. This was a funny witty graphic novel. It was a great story with a really good message. Art was awesome. I loved Monster on the Hill. I would recommend this to anyone. It is even a good one to read to small children. But the story was funny enough to keep an adult's attention as well. Highly recommend this one. 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 

This is available for pre-order now and will be released in July.

I read this free of charge via NetGallery but all opinions are my own.  


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