"I wanted more than salvation. I wanted to be in the belly of the whale," Don Nace states in this first collection of his art. Reminiscent of Harvey Pekar's American Splendor and R. Crumb's twisted autobiographical art, Drawn Out delineates a childhood shadowed by the tragic loss of his father, through the sometimes agonizing, sometimes euphoric process of self-discovery, to love, marriage, and fatherhood. Nace started drawing as a small child for solace in an uncertain world. Drawn Out distills thousands of those drawings into a powerful essence. Set in peculiarly American landscapes from the vast Southwest to teeming New York, Drawn Out offers an intimate look at the artist's relationship to God, alcoholics, women, work, and the crushing details of daily existence that make the story a rich, complex tapestry. The lines bind together fear and joy into the cloth that lets the artist dress after being stripped naked by the daily events of being alive.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7.25" Height: 10" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date May 10, 2005
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360794 ISBN13 9781932360790
Reviews - What do customers think about Drawn Out?
A MAN'S DESPAIR Jul 11, 2005
On one had, Drawn Out, by Don Nace is a painful read of a man who's grown up with tragedy and uncertainty permeating his life. On the other hand, at certain points you want to just yell, "Snap out of it!" We've all lost loved ones and we all deal with uncertainty in this new world of global terrorism. Still, Nace provides readers with an intimate look into his life and his soul in what amounts to his life story told in a scratchy, minimalist style that wavers from crudely child-like to darkly beautiful.
Nace relates his story of growing up in New Mexico and having to take care of his ailing father while his mother worked long hours to provide for the family. One line stands as a powerful statement about the book when he says, referring to his father, "He died...I kept living." The line is stated almost apologetically and without the least bit of optimism about life going forward. It's a tragic line in the most classical sense.
After his father's death Nace loses himself into drugs and alcohol as he is unable to cope with life, and especially unable to carry on relationships with women. Nace would eventually end up in New York City in an attempt to at once lose himself, and yet find some meaning in life. Nace finally finds love and eventually becomes a father but questions the wisdom of bringing a child into this world. By the end of the tale, or maybe it's really the beginning, Nace has resigned himself to what we all eventually do, and that is that life is what you make of it. Nace it seems as finally found peace and come to terms with his own life.
Nace's story isn't all that uncommon, but the fact that he shares it so intimately with us makes it a powerful tale. It's not for everyone. It's definitely not for those who think comics begin and end with the sludge put out by certain companies. It is small press at its finest, however.
Reviewed by Tim Janson
twisted, surreal life, coming of age tale Jun 20, 2005
Don Nace's Drawn Out is a twisted, surreal life, coming of age tale. His drawings tackle the difficulties of alcoholism, drug addiction, relationships with women, then marriage, fatherhood, death, and trying to fit into the rat race of commuting to NYC and working a 9 to 5 job. This is a great purchase for anyone who has ever felt like ripping their own face off (or someone else's) while somehow trying to fit in or make it in this crazy world. He is sometimes compared to Crumb, Pekar, or Ralph Steadman. He is probably closest to Steadman, although I make no claims of being an expert on their collective work. This is more of a wack-ass art book than a graphic novel, but the pics definitely tell a story. Check out Nace's web site for a better idea of what to expect from this book: http://www.drawingoftheday.com/