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Doc Ò Here by Richard McGuire ´ Richard McGuire Here is Richard McGuire's uniue graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same nameRichard McGuire's groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman's editorship at RAW in 1989B ' Do you remember the guy who used to live here'Richard McGuire's Here is a stunning visual experience that takes a single spot in time and examines it over the course of human history From a prehistoric forest the hunting grounds of Native Americans colonial days contemporary family living and then on into the future McGuire allows the reader to see this space seemingly unchained from the flow of time and instead as if it is all occurring at once In this manner McGuire shows how we are not just merely an inconseuential speck in the cosmos but an integral part of the story of history Despite our differences across the span of time we all share the same fate of mortality experience the same emotions We all love we all laugh we all lose and we all die yet time marches onBegan in 1989 as a 6 page black and white comic McGuire has in 2014 released an expanded 300pg examination of human life in vivid color and gorgeous graphic design While the individual narratives don't amount to much the overall mosaic reveals a striking portrait of humanity and the parallels that run in all our lives The whole range of human emotion from love and joy to loss anger and embarrassment dance across the pages There is much humor to be found within the book especially the freuent allusions to Benjamin Franklin who makes an appearance in 1775 as the site is the former home to his son Many of the parallels are subtle like the water that drips from the ceiling or the flood that breaks the window generations later to the toxic swamp of the future Man can try and harness nature and time but all must inevitably be overrun somedayWhile the slight narratives leave the reader feeling much could have been accomplished—though too much would ruin the fragile and breathless beauty— there is still much to enjoy and marvel at in this book It takes only a few minutes to 'read' but it is one you will find yourself freuently returning to as there are many small joys nestled in the many narratives Families come age die as the earth keeps on turning far into a fascinating future yet all our lives aren't uite as different as they may seem at first glance ' Life has a flair for rhyming events' Benjamin Franklin tells his grandson—McGuire's visual extravaganza is the perfect portrait of that statement355

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Here by Richard McGuire Book ß 304 pages Ú Here is Richard McGuire's uniue graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same nameRichard McGuire's groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman's editorship at RAW in 1989Built in six pages of interlocking panels dated by year it collapsed time and space Uilt in six pages of interlocking panels dated by year it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room and its inhabitants between the years 500957406073 BC and 2313 ADThe strip remains one of Let me start with this I'm prepared to admit that I might be wrong This might be a really good book A lot of people I respect people whose opinions I respect really dig this I don't want to convince anyone they're wrong and I don't want to change anyone's mind I disliked the book and I feel compelled to say why maybe only to explain it to myselfWith that out of the wayI don't think I really understand this book Or understand its appealThe premise is this Take a framed scene in this case a living room and then imagine what happened in that space throughout the history of the planet Swamp days natives hanging out the 60's the 70's What the book does is to show this same space and through the use of frames show what happened there throughout time Sometimes the bulk of the image is the house in 1971 while a small frame in the middle shows a bird flying through which happened in that space in 1654 The basic ideaAnd I think my problem is I didn't see a lot going beyond that premise It's an interesting premise but I didn't feel like it was 300 pages interesting Also it's total fiction For me a fiction is only as strong as its combination of voice and story An imbalance in those two can be made up for by one or the other A boring story told really well can still be pretty compelling Think David Sedaris A great great story told in a mundane way can still work I read a memoir by a guy who contracted HIV and although the prose wasn't super he was really open and honest about how his life works now and that meant that the book workedIn this book there is essentially no voice The reader is an omniscient observer floating in the corner of this space There is very little written dialogue The art is pretty but I would say it's accurate than anything Accuracy isn't a crime but I think accurate architectural art feels less voice y than something stylized Again not a criticism of the art but an expression of the fact that I didn't feel the art style could stand in for a narrative voiceSo what about the storyI didn't feel like there was a lot of story either Stuff happened But it was minor stuff Which I suspect is the point here that a million minor things all happened in this one area and that means there's a story But the stories within are things like A man hangs a deer head on the wall which his partner does not care for An old man falls out of a chair Benjamin Franklin argues about the monarchyHere's the thing I think this book definitely relies on the reader to do the heavy lifting Which I am somewhat able to do But I also think this book the appeal is about the reader doing the heavy lifting outside the story Imagining all the things that happened in her office all the stuff that happened on that spot throughout history Imagining all the things that happened where a guy plays pool If you read this book it can help in that it gives you a very zen experience the next time you're in line at the post office and it sucks You can just think about how this spot probably used to be a literal smelly hellpit bog instead of a metaphorical oneMy writing teacher has a saying that he likes to break out when a writer is concerned that his or her work is too mundane Too navel gazing He says You can tell a boring story about an exciting person or you can tell an exciting story about a boring person but you can't tell a boring story about a boring pers

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Here by Richard McGuiThe most influential and widely discussed contributions to the medium and it has now been developed expanded and reimagined by the artist into this full length full colour graphic novel a must for any fan of the gen I read this a a couple months ago and was convinced it was a great work but couldn't exactly say why which is a particularly lame reviewing comment worthy of stopping yr reading right there maybe I have now read it 3 times and will read it again but thought I would pause to say I read it one of these times in a classroom with maybe 15 really smart senior undergrads and grad students all English majors only one with any art background some of whom had just wrestled with Ware's Building Stories And we still can't exactly figure most of it out but I think we all are into it On one level it is clear that it is a meditation on time and space as it explores one room in one house over human history and the future There's almost no words except those incidental to a scene so it is mainly silent and none of the words reveal anything approaching a story So it's non narrative a pastiche or collage of visuals sometimes whole pages devoted to one scene sometimes many pictures on a page some all in the present some multiple years Each picture is dated so with some work you can begin to construct mini narratives or anecdotes about various aspects of the book This book began with a 6 page comic in RAW in 1987 and now than a uarter of a century later we get this fully realized gorgeous volume that extends some of the principles that most comics artists at the time and thereafter recognized as revolutionary I am a narrative guy like most people so initially couldn't see the big deal but I think in part this is because I don't have enough comics or art background and because the point of this representation is that it is NOT fundamentally a story It uses the comics medium to explore a series of interrelated concepts It's a conceptual or abstract comic; it's a meta comic about what it is the comics medium can do to represent the space time continuum in ways other arts cannot And McGuire is also a filmmaker so he knows that difference And a musician with Liuid Liuid And an illustrator maker of picture books for all agesSo in my class we decided to all take one aspect of the book that interested us color animals children narrative whatever to see if we could assemble a kind of collective interpretation of the book And patterns form But I think I really like this work in part because I don't uite fully understand it because it bears rereading and mining for meaning It's not obvious in the least what it is about Chris Ware no stranger to conceptual and meta comics himself wrote a review of it in The Guardian that acclaimed it as the comics accomplishment of the new century He may just be right It is not particularly emotionally engaging not being grounded in the personal lives of persons but on the level of ideas it is definitely engaging