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Tiny Giants

$15.00

by Nate Powell

Spanning 1998 to 2002, the stories in Tiny Giants are about awkward silences and miscommunication, growing up in the Midwest, and fighting to hold onto the sweetness of life by any means possible. These “true stories that never happened” build on vignettes into an otherworldly narrative of disturbing intensity in this debut collection of work from this talented underground comic artist.

Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 9781887128568
SKU: 9781887128568 Categories: , Tag: Product ID: 92896

Description

Spanning 1998 to 2002, the stories in Tiny Giants are about awkward silences and miscommunication, growing up in the Midwest, and fighting to hold onto the sweetness of life by any means possible. These “true stories that never happened” build on vignettes into an otherworldly narrative of disturbing intensity in this debut collection of work from this talented underground comic artist.

“A cartoonist’s cartoonist, Powell employs stunning technique in some of the most complex, elusive stories in the comics medium, approaching the level of narrative abstraction of psychedelic ’60s cartoonist Rick Griffin’s weird pages full of pop-culturally referential figures speaking only made-up palindromes and exclamation marks. But Powell still draws real people in realistic settings. He pretty much dispenses with plots, though, preferring to interleave incidents to conjure an existential feeling, most often youthful angst engendered by the travails of romantic love and realizations of mortality. Occasionally, he tells a unitary story, as in the volume opener, “Nineteen,” in which a black soldier delivers a message to another, presumably dead, soldier’s family in a lily-white town. If his young-and-soulful stuff frequently becomes mawkish, his artistic skills make every frame worthwhile. Frame by frame, his work is more varied in every way than that of most other comics artists, yet he unfailingly maintains narrative momentum by carrying over details from one panel to the next, no matter how altered the angle of vision. Brilliant.” Ray Olson, Booklist

150 page black and white paperback with color covers
Soft Skull Press, 2003

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 1.5 × 7.5 × 1 in