by Eichler, Glenn.
Additional authors: Bertozzi, Nick.
Edition statement:1st ed. Published by : First Second, (New York :) Physical details: 124 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 22 cm. ISBN:9781596433083 (pbk.); 1596433086 (pbk.).
Subject(s): Fiction | Graphic novels.
Year: 2009
Item type Current location Call number Copy number Status Date due
Books Books British Council Library
741.5973 (Browse shelf) 1 Available

Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

When Tim and his wife inherit his father's museum of curiosities and find therein a taxidermied African warrior ("The Savage" -- or so the museum's placard labels him), Tim's quiet suburban life starts spiraling out of control.  In this dark comedy about family, race, and politics, Glenn Eichler and Nick Bertozzi explore what's buried under the surface of middle-class America. 

Formerly CIP.

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Library Journal Review

Because racial and family conflicts drive some of the nastiest headlines, it's refreshing to confront them in a thoughtful comedy instead of a gory shockfest. Tim's S.O.B. father dies unexpectedly, leaving behind a collection of "oddities," including a stuffed human being, supposedly African. Wanting to do the right thing by the poor fellow, Tim takes his "savage" to the museum, eventually becoming a caseload for Howard, an African American curator. Pretty quickly, both Tim's and Howard's families get embroiled in a repatriation/burial-in-Africa scheme, further complicated by intra-African politics and the whims of Tim's hippie half-brother, "Free." In the end, Free conjures up an acceptable solution, even if it's grounded in inaccuracy. VERDICT Eichler (the award-winning writer for The Colbert Report) has a wonderful time mucking with stereotypes and politically correct cliches while showing how well-intentioned people with different agendas can so easily run each other into walls. Bertozzi's art perfectly depicts human imperfections-from the bad nose job of a minor character to Free's morbidly fascinating trepanation scar. Good fodder for high school age and up, including in classrooms.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

The first graphic novel written by The Colbert Report's Eichler is a light comedy about racism, with a hint of retooled movie proposal about it. It concerns a pair of half-brothers-square family man Tim Johnston and a spaced-out, trepanned loose cannon who calls himself "Free"-whose inheritance of their father's "museum of curiosities" includes the preserved, stuffed body of an African man in a loincloth and bone necklace, holding the remnants of a spear. Naturally, they want to get rid of the "Warrior," as Tim prefers to call him-but getting rid of human remains turns out not to be as easy as driving them to a museum. Naturally, all kinds of uncomfortable associations about race and history burble up. Naturally, hijinks ensue. Bertozzi's artwork-a slightly cruder, much less detailed variation on the look of his graphic novel The Salon-unobtrusively whisks the story along; there's also a nuttier, bolder style for a series of dream sequences in which the "Warrior" becomes the focal point for all of Tim's anxieties. Even when the plot seems a little too formulaic (will everyone learn something by the end?), Eichler's crisp, snappy dialogue keeps it percolating. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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