The Playwright

The Playwright The Playwright rather enjoys a quiet moment in the local park It is a good place to mentally sort his ideas and is often frequented by pretty young ladies He once saw a pigeon defecate onto a busines

  • Title: The Playwright
  • Author: Eddie Campbell Daren White
  • ISBN: 9781603090568
  • Page: 208
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Playwright rather enjoys a quiet moment in the local park It is a good place to mentally sort his ideas, and is often frequented by pretty young ladies He once saw a pigeon defecate onto a businessman s shoulder It struck him as absurd that such an event is often considered lucky Surely the luck lay with passers by who, statistically, were far less likely to be simThe Playwright rather enjoys a quiet moment in the local park It is a good place to mentally sort his ideas, and is often frequented by pretty young ladies He once saw a pigeon defecate onto a businessman s shoulder It struck him as absurd that such an event is often considered lucky Surely the luck lay with passers by who, statistically, were far less likely to be similarly soiled, at that precise moment Similarly, the Playwright always derived an almost perverse sense of relief whenever he received news that an old friend had developed prostate cancer Because statistically, he reasoned, such news significantly reduced the chances of him being similarly afflicted And to be honest, at his age, his prostate needed all the statistical support he could muster The Playwright a dark, romantic comedy about the sex life of a celibate, middle aged man.

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    1. The latest from artist Eddie Campbell is a collaboration with writer Daren White, and it's a wonderful, bittersweet melding of pictures and words that is formalist in its construction but charming for being so conciseE PLAYWRIGHT is the story of a middle-aged English gentleman who has enjoyed some success as a writer, with much of his most successful work being for television. Over the years, he has become rather set in his ways, and his artistic and financial success is offset by an increasing [...]

    2. Eddie Campbell drew From Hell, with Alan Moore. Here he draws again for Daren White and adds color, watercolor, softly toning this story about a playwright with almost no social skills. He is self-absorbed, almost never speaks to other people, mines his loneliness and his mining his family helps to separate him further from others making him very successful, receiving award after award for his writing. The book is not as sweet as it sounds so far, though, because part of his self-absorption invo [...]

    3. A strange format, like a pornographic picture book. Beautiful drawing, but I'm not sure it's more than a curiosity.

    4. I enjoyed my read of this. I'm not as well versed in slice-of-life graphic novels, but this was an interesting portrayal of a celibate middle-aged man trying yet seemingly unable to find a woman he can share a life with.From the outside, the unnamed playwright appears to be highly successful. He is highly regarded professionally, lives a cultured life filled with good food and modest living, and displays his love of family by caring for his mentally handicapped brother. Despite all of this, he i [...]

    5. I'm not normally a big fan of Eddie Campbell--his art often looks too scratchy/sketchy to my eye, and I often find myself wondering just what exactly it is that I'm supposed to be looking at. This, however, is a different kettle of fish. Perhaps the fact that it's in colour helps. The underlying designs still seem typically Campbellian, but the characters are all instantly recognizeable, and I was never in any doubt about what I was looking at. And there are some quite stunning and effective ima [...]

    6. it was a hot afternoon, the power was off and I was abit "figety." Concluding that I had nothing better to do I decided to read a book, a comic book to be more specific. I retreaved Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown, now this book, clumsy, goodness even the title makes my teeth clench, this book, well let me ask you this, have you ever read a book so, (insert swear word, presumably starting with the letter "F") pointless that you've contemplated throwing it against your wall? I'm being silly, but I hope y [...]

    7. 3.5 stars. A socially/sexually stunted (and so socially/sexually obsessed) playwright has won all his awards for his explorations of isolation and melancholy, and now is trying to make sense of his perspective -and make a genuinely meaningful connection with another person- before he tips into his golden years. It's even shorter than it looks because of the unusual formatting: only 3 panels to a page, so the eye tracks across the pages horizontally in a stream-of-consciousness style. Campbell's [...]

    8. "The Playwright" is a pretty unique little book. Broken up into short slice-of-life chapters, it tells the story of an over-sexed, socially awkward playwright in the later stages of his career. It's a bittersweet story that touches on family relationships, the nature of success, and loneliness without delving into these issues in a linear way. Like I said, it's a unique way to present a graphic novel.Eddie Campbell's artwork, always a bit too sketchy for my taste, is enhanced by some lovely colo [...]

    9. This isn't quite a "graphic novel" -- its more of a heavily illustrated short story, with a combination of words and pictures on every page. It's a stark character study of the titular playwright, as he comes to terms with his past and his place in the world. It reminded me a lot of Richard Yates -- nothing is romanticized or explained, the story is simply told, and the reader makes whatever meaning they can from the story. It's definitely an acquired taste, but Campbell and White have created a [...]

    10. Reminiscent of large cartoon broadsheets featuring a caricature, this deceptively simple humorous narrative about a playwright becomes a sensitive fleshed portrait by the finish. It begins by poking fun at a man who makes his living at writing about humanity from the view of an observer only to regret his lack of actual substance to his life. Amusingly, it is only when he begins to live his own life that he finds he cannot write anymore.

    11. Deeply empathetic, and achingly honest. This book read like an Andre Dubus (long) short story, adapted into picture-book form. Not a traditional "graphic novel," by any stretch, but don't mistake its quiet mood and slow pace for "boring." This book delves deep into the heart of a peculiar and haunted man, and gives us as clear a view of his world and his fears and desires(without ever judging him, which is difficult) as we can hope for.

    12. Engaging graphic story about a socially repressed, woman-obsessed man who gets his story-telling ideas from the travails of his own life. Eddie Campbell's sketchy drawing style seems perfect for the narrative. I've never seen Campbell's work in color before, and I think the color enhances the effect of his on-the-mark artwork. The ending, while not a twist, was unexpected and followed naturally from everything that came before. Very good all around.

    13. Sad and lonely leads to productivity, content and fulfilled leads to unproductivity. Hmmm I love Eddie Campbell's drawings (in color, no less!) and the subtle insights into "the playwright's" mind we get through the spare narrative.

    14. Boring, stodgy characters don't make for the most interesting of books, despite the author's attempts to interject some humor. This is a portrait of a sad, sad man and that gives us a sad, joyless book.

    15. Eddie Campbell's primitive tools lead to some of the most humanistic cartooning around. Daren White's story is warm and in perfect balance and scope. A wonderful way to spend an hour.

    16. A quick read, with an original plot line. Read to fulfill the "Graphic Novel" category of my 2015 reading challenge. The art work was by far my favorite part.

    17. Quiet, a little stream-of-conscious, softly humorous, I found this graphic story to be quite appealing, made more so by Eddie Campbell's masterful artwork.

    18. Cartoonists of the world - enough with the sad, lonely, awkward, middle-aged white dude and his masturbation habits. Eddie Campbell is good at drawing, but seriously- enough.

    19. A man truly committed to comics. And a great story to boot.I'd bet we all know a someone just like the protagonist

    20. The artwork was gorgeous, and the story was a great examination of what people give up for success. A worthwhile read I love slice of life comics.

    21. Sad distant look at an unlikable character done in a continuous narration style. I think other stuff by Eddie Campbell is probably better.

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