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Book Title: Emily The Strange: Lost, Dark, and Boring|
Date of issue: December 5th 2006
ISBN 13: 9781593075736
The author of the book: Rob Reger
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 666 KB
Edition: Dark Horse Books
Read full description of the books Emily The Strange: Lost, Dark, and Boring:I've always liked the images from Emily the Strange, but up until now I'd never come across any of the actual comics. I found one on sale and thought, "what the hell..."
Well. Yeah. I'm feeling pretty meh about the whole thing.
There's a lot of tongue in cheek, darkly cute references to things I like...but it's not enough to make up for the fact that Emily isn't a fleshed character, there are no plots at all, and that really it's just artistic masturbation in blacks and reds with a cute girl as the touchstone.
I have little patience for graphic work that has no story - even if the story is loose, thin, bewildering, or very very weird. Neat art isn't enough (unless the art is telling the story, which I've seen done and done well). Repeating the words bored, lost, dark, black, and cat over and over (and over and over and over and...) isn't either. Emily, while indeed adorable, isn't enough.
So I was pretty disappointed. I still like the images and if I stumble on stationery or something I might yet pick it up...but as far as taking time/money for another book, I don't see that happening. This book has not turned me into a fan.
Read information about the authorReger's friend Nathan Carrico designed Emily in 1991 for a skateboard company in Santa Cruz, where Cosmic Debris was born. In his Santa Cruz garage (and later an artist warehouse in San Francisco) Reger created the designs, and with Matt Reed brought them into the fashion world by creating t-shirt designs that captured the essence of this mysterious young girl with 4 black cats. Since then, Cosmic Debris has grown into a multi-million dollar firm with dozens of employees.
Cosmic Debris has most recently moved its operations to Berkeley, California, and plans to open an Emily retail store there soon. With the momentum of mainstream success, several comics about Emily have also been made. Key creative people over the years (designers, graphic artists, illustrators), who have worked with Reger's Cosmic Debris design house are Buzz Parker, Brian Brooks, Grace Fontaine, Liz Baca, Noel Tolentino, Fawn Gehweiler, Jessica Gruner, Adele Pedersen and Nicomi "Nix" Turner. Rob Reger remains the key creative force behind the brand, and Buzz Parker is the key illustrator for the comic books and website.
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