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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Freddie Stories


Freddie is back! The original 1999 edition of one of Lynda Barry's best books is back in print, except it all sort of seems like a brand new book with this completely redesigned and reworked edition. As with her recent books, Lynda has added a series of mesmerizing color pattern backgrounds to each page, like this:



The book consists of a series of short comics, each representing an episode in Freddie's life. Some of this is absolutely brutal and heartbreaking stuff -- there are few writers in any medium who can convey the harsh reality of adolescence as effectively as Lynda can.



In fact, there are few writers, period, who can write as well as Lynda. Read these samples here and see for yourself. 



I love how Lynda can make giant captions, sometimes two or three times the size of the artwork in a panel, and still make it work every time.


And there's more! As if these lush backgrounds weren't enough, Lynda has also written a 7 page Afterword. AND she has also added almost fifty (yes, 50) additional pages that never made it to the original edition. It's part of a section she calls "The Lost Stories."


In stores next Tuesday, January 22!

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