Marble Season

Marble Season

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AMAZON.COM'S BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL OF 2013!

" Marble Season sometimes feels like one long, seamless shot of budding love, brimming violence and suddenly struck friendships. This is a highly physical, meta- Peanuts suburban universe in which adults are off-camera, but navigating other kids is plenty harrowing." -- Washington Post Best Comics of 2013

The untold coming-of-age story from a contemporary comics master

Marble Season is the semiautobiographical novel by the acclaimed cartoonist Gilbert Hernandez, author of the epic masterpiece Palomar and cocreator, with his brothers, Jaime and Mario, of the groundbreaking Love and Rockets comic book series. Marble Season is his first book with Drawn & Quarterly, and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. It tells the untold stories from the early years of these American comics legends, but also portrays the reality of life in a large family in suburban 1960s California. Pop-culture references--TV shows, comic books, and music--saturate this evocative story of a young family navigating cultural and neighborhood norms set against the golden age of the American dream and the silver age of comics.
Middle child Huey stages Captain America plays and treasures his older brother's comic book collection almost as much as his approval. Marble Season subtly and deftly details how the innocent, joyfully creative play that children engage in (shooting marbles, backyard performances, and organizing treasure hunts) changes as they grow older and encounter name-calling naysayers, abusive bullies, and the value judgments of other kids. An all-ages story, Marble Season masterfully explores the redemptive and timeless power of storytelling and role play in childhood, making it a coming-of-age story that is as resonant with the children of today as with the children of the sixties.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013
Edition: 1st hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781770460867
1770460861
Branch Call Number: HERNANDEZ GRAPHIC NOVEL COLL
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; 29 cm

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mclarjh
Apr 06, 2016

Great drawings, but stories are unimpressive compared to the "Palomar" series; for adolescents, perhaps.

leah_p Jul 22, 2014

Like a movie without a soundtrack, this episodic, conveyor-like microcosm of childhood plods along a loosely defined narrative of unrelated events and convention, like childhood and life thereafter. The black and white art style is nuanced but simple with good use of negative space and composition. Some readers may complain about the lack of a discernible plot, but this honest reflection of the adventures, inventions, boredom, friends, enemies, lies and mysteries of being a kid is what lend the work authenticity and the power to awaken long dormant nostalgic memories in all kinds of readers, not just those that share the semi-autobiographical time and place of '60s California. 'Slice of life' works can leave you wondering 'Ok, that was good but did anything actually happen?' - this is one of those. I can appreciate the captured moments but it just doesn't hold one's attention.

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