Graphic Novel - 2014 | First edition.
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From one of the great comic innovators, the long-awaited fulfillment of a pioneering comic vision. Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.

(With full-color illustrations throughout.)
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ?2014
ISBN: 9780375406508
Branch Call Number: MCG
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly color illustrations


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Aug 26, 2018

Graphics can tell such a story!
This entire book takes place in one corner of one room and tells the history of that spot, from millions of years BCE to 2300 AD. It's remarkably done. It makes one think of time...…. all the forgotten, everyday history; the present and the upcoming history of each spot in our world.
Each spot has a continuing story to tell, even the corner of a room.
Great story; wonderful graphics.

JCLIanH Jul 05, 2018

An incredible work of art that feels like it belongs in a gallery. A tremendous distillation of time, space, and life itself.

Jun 08, 2017

Very interesting idea, but unsuccessful. No characters, or story.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Here is a wonderful concept. This is a story about place. Throughout its 300 pages, the setting is a living room, from 3 billion years in the past, to 20,000 years in the future. Perhaps this isn't so much a story of place as it is about time. Time is the primary character here. Jumping back and forth in time erratically, each page highlights a specific year with many insets of what that same space looked like ten years earlier, 10,000 years earlier, thirty years in the future, and so on. Sparse in text, Here captures the mundane moments that make up our lives.

Mar 22, 2016

Such a cool will make you think about your house and the spaces where you live in a different way. There is no narrative, but you can spend quite a while looking at each page spread, sorting out what's going on and comparing with previous pages.

If you're ready for a type of narrative that's very different from a single linear sequence, "Here" is the graphic novel for you. Using multiple frames on each two page spread, McGuire sketches a handful a stories that share a common location. Recommended by Eric

Jan 30, 2016

Just an absolutely gorgeous and intricate piece of artwork. Great concept well done!

This is a totally captivating and imaginative work. "Graphic novel" is a bit of a misnomer here. This is more of an art book than anything else. If you go into this expecting a traditional story, you'll be disappointed. That said, the lack of a traditional story is one of the things that makes this great. The entire book is set in one space from the same angle from prehistory to thousands of years into the future. Each page has different years stitched together to create a sort of nontraditional comic book "panel" effect. While there are vague hints of a story, Here calls on the reader to pull things together and draw their own conclusions. For as bizarre as some of the pages are (though each could stand alone hung in a museum), the themes are universal. The art style itself is a unique mishmash of midcentury and sketchy and it works nicely. I will say, reading this is an entirely subjective experience, and you'll get as much out of it as you're willing to put in, so this may not be as universally loved as I'm implying it should be, but I think this is an experience not to be missed.

KateHillier Jul 07, 2015

Never seen this done before. Here we have the history of a place being told via images but it's a history of a particular room, and I'm talking history as far back as the beginning of time and up until the far future. You see it when it's field, you see it after the house is gone, and each storyline/timeline is in conversation with the rest. You can try and read only the panels set in the same timeframe but it really is better to read the book and parse through each timeline as it comes along. It's really very, very novel and there's a lot to said about how your timeline fits in history as a whole no matter how inconsequential it may seem.

Bhulsey Jun 06, 2015

This book floored me. It's an amazing experience on every level--artistic, narrative, cosmic. It resonates on every page. It only took a half hour or so to read but it's something I'll remember for a long time.

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