Is That All There Is?

Is That All There Is By appropriating and subverting Tintin creator Herg s classic clear line style Joost Swarte revitalized European alternative comics in the s with a series of satirical musically elegant supreme

  • Title: Is That All There Is?
  • Author: Joost Swarte
  • ISBN: 9781606996287
  • Page: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • By appropriating and subverting Tintin creator Herg s classic clear line style, Joost Swarte revitalized European alternative comics in the 1970s with a series of satirical, musically elegant, supremely beautifully drawn short stories often featuring his innocent, magnificently quiffed Jopo de Pojo, or his orotund scientist character, Anton Makassar Under Swarte s owBy appropriating and subverting Tintin creator Herg s classic clear line style, Joost Swarte revitalized European alternative comics in the 1970s with a series of satirical, musically elegant, supremely beautifully drawn short stories often featuring his innocent, magnificently quiffed Jopo de Pojo, or his orotund scientist character, Anton Makassar Under Swarte s own exacting supervision, Is That All There Is collects virtually all of his alternative comics work from 1972 to date, including the RAW magazine stories that brought him fame among American comics aficionados in the 1980s Especially great pains have been taken to match Swarte s superb coloring, including stories executed in watercolor, comics printed in retro duotones, fiendishly clever use of Zip a Tone screens, and much Other noteworthy stories include Swarte s take on an episode from Herg s early days, a Fats Domino story, a tribute to the legendary Upside Downs strip, and a story titled simply Modern Art.

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    1. Five stars for content, three for design. Why the heck did Fantagraphics print this book at this small size? Most of these pieces were originally published at a larger size than this, and they all deserve to be printed much larger: at least magazine or French album size, or ideally RAW size (or bigger). Swarte is a comics and design genius, and this new book is a wonderful compilation (I bought the book even though I think I have every piece in there someplace else--it's nice to have them all in [...]

    2. I bought this book for two main reasons: I liked the idea of exploring the art of a Dutch modern artist, and I thought the cover was provocative yet witty. While the art did not disappoint, the old proverb about judging a book by its cover proved all too realTechnical details: Is that all there is is a collection of Joost Swarte's graphics that spans over three decades (judging by the signatures---from 1975 to 2009). In 144 pages, plus 2 internal covers and 1 front cover, the artist traverses te [...]

    3. Joost Swarte is misschien wel Nederlands bekendste striptekenaar. Daarbij moet vermeld worden dat striptekenaars in het algemeen in Nederland, zelfs de grootste, per definitie niet bekend zijn bij het grote publiek. Swarte geniet zijn faam dan ook vooral buiten onze landsgrenzen; in de Verenigde Staten en Frankrijk. In de Verenigde Staten kent het striplezend publiek - dat nog altijd een relatief veelkoppige entiteit is – Swarte onder andere van Art Spiegelman’s underground magazine Raw en d [...]

    4. This is just my opinion, and maybe this opinion will block me from enjoying the majority of the comic world out there, but I just can't seem to get into comics that are mainly about bad guys vs. good guys and slapstick humor. Maybe I'm too young or something. I wanted to enjoy it. But I found myself towards the end just looking at the pictures and not really even reading the text. The art was cool. I dug the clean-line drawings and the color palettes and the little button noses on the characters [...]

    5. I think Joost Swarte is a great artist. I'm still not sure what to do about the racial stereotypes--it needs to be really explicitly a satire of older humor for me to get it, I guess, and to me it just reads like a rehashing of old "humor". It doesn't feel like it's a necessary part of any of the stories except to reference the stuff in TinTin that always causes controversy? Someone, feel free to school me (in a non-condescending way, please.)apart from that, it's rad to see more translations of [...]

    6. Joost Swarte as an artist I can't believe I hadn't heard of before. This probably has to do with the fact that this is the first proper collection of his work released in the US, but still, his inspirations are Herge, Jacques Tati, and, incongruous though it may seem, Fritz the Cat. The meticulous "clean line" style of the Tintin comics is here used to show the bawdy adventures of a variety of colorful characters, some which have underlying socio-political themes, and some which are basically ju [...]

    7. I find Swarte's style fascinating in its precision and "clarity of line," which is apparently a style he mostly created, or at least became the master of. The intro by Chris Ware was pretty interesting, enough that I read the entire thing. I used to love studying, or just zoning out on Swarte's illustrations in RAW magazine, but was a little dissatisfied with a whole book of his work. Hmph. The stories are weird and seem muddled, maybe just because of the cultural gap. I dunno. But his draftsman [...]

    8. Joost Swarte is one of the true greats, the most important inheritor of Herge's ligne claire style, in both the technical and philosophical sense. While he has his ups and downs as a storyteller, his skill as a visual stylist is second-to-none, and is simply some of the most beautiful work ever done in the medium of comics. Fantagraphics has provided a real service in issuing a comprehensive collection of Swarte's comics work in translation, and the book is as handsome as the contents therein de [...]

    9. This book is cool.I bought it because I was at Big Brain comics in Minneapolis and the clerk talked to me and then I felt guilted into buying something.It's odd and has a couple semi-racist seeming strips that I don't get. I can't figure out of it's a joke or some weird Dutch thing. I like the LIGNE CLAIRE drawing style. The drawings are better than the story lines. Anyway, if you liked RAW magazine when you were 16 and now read the New Yorker you might like this.

    10. Mostly influenced by Herge's Tintin, and somewhat by the underground comix movement (his stuff was published first in RAW by Spiegelman), this is interesting. His "clean line" approach is impressive; his humor quirky and not particularly compelling to me, but it is interesting and impressive from an artistic perspective. This is a collection of his work over several years. Chris Ware's insightful introduction is one of the very best things about this volume, really useful and insightful.

    11. This is really a brilliant book. I'd read quite a few of Joost's strips in old anthologies. They are quite amazing. His grasp of ligne claire and visual story telling is second to none. I didn't read this book all in one go, just dipping in is enough, as each strip has a lot to enjoy. I think the newer release is slightly larger. So more fool me for buying it early.

    12. The only thing disappointing about this book, which is amazing, is the storylines. Why doesn't Swarte trust his ability to tell a worthwhile tale? Why do most of them end in absurd self-destruction and silly misbehavior?

    13. If Tintin had ever grown up, he might have lived these stories. And he would have been lucky to. All of us should be drawn this well. There is not a high enough heap of praise that I can bestow on this collection.

    14. Joose Swarte is a remarkable cartoonist/designer/illustrator of the "clear line" school, hugely influenced by Tintin's Hergé, but also by George McManus and others. A larger format would have been nice, but the material is so strong that I'm giving it the full five stars.

    15. Usual review. The art is fantastic. The attention to aesthetic and especially the angles are wonderful, but just about every visual aspect here is top notch. But the content/writing ranges from pretty good to eh. Gorgeous to look at, less exciting to read.

    16. walk around the block, listen to cool cats, see panels collapse and build up on themselves, and marvel at the French humor. recommended for fans of chris ware and people who like desgny comics.

    17. Great introduction to the Dutch modern artist and changed me a little inside. Memorable because if the content and subject, not particularly the style.

    18. Terrific graphic artist. The comparisons to Herge's Tintin have been made plenty of times before, but I must say I am a big fan of Joost's clear line style.

    19. The art is terrific! I could stare at his Raw #2 cover, "Comix Factory", all day. However, I'm a little lukewarm on the story content.

    20. liked especially the tutorial Anton Makassar in Kleur, 100 - 103, explaining the use of color overlays and screen-tone sheets.

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