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Sounds of Your Name (Revised) [Paperback]

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Sounds of Your Name collects Nate Powell's zines and comics, including his first two books, Tiny Giants and It Disappears (published by Soft Skull). His intricate, sometimes chaotic drawings examine the complications that come with passing from childhood into adulthood. Renderings of friends and family scattered across the country paint tender, sweaty, and memory-soaked portraits of small town life and beyond. Nate addresses the uneasy existential inquiries that bloom in youth and invokes all the elements of great coming of age novels with only a few dozen words.

He captures that most elusive thing that disappears with age: wonder. If most people spend their entire lives longing for past episodes from their youth, then Nate addresses that longing, covering his pages with lost wonder, and offering it, wholeheartedly, back to us. His work offers the hope we might never grow old, and that even if we do, our dreams are always within reach. The power of his work is a reminder of the persistance of joy.

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2007
Publisher   Microcosm Publishing
ISBN  1934620793  
ISBN13  9781934620793  

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More About Nate Powell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Nate Powell is the author of "Tiny Giants", "It Disappears", and several dozen zines and self-published comics. He plays in the punk band Soophie Nun Squad.

Nate Powell currently resides in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Graphic Design > Cartooning
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4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Humor > General
5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Sociology > General

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Lyrical and enigmatic  Jun 2, 2008
Nate Powell creates some of the most incredible comics I've ever encountered. The visual style shifts almost as quickly as the teenaged characters' moods, but never becomes random or incoherent. Some lines flow like Jules Feiffer's scrawl, others jolt down the page in angular tracks that remind me of Sam Keith. Some pages feel light and breezy; other times, broad, dense blacks make even night air feel as dense as a tombstone.

A comic really stands on its writing, though, no matter how good the art is. Powell presents some of the finest comic writing around. The scripts bring to life the trials and occasional small triumphs of life as a teen or an adult just starting out. That time of life often rides on emotion rather than reason. He renders that whirl and confusion accurately, something that linear plotting and familiar visual angles just can't do. If graphic novels correspond to literary prose, then Powell's work comes closer to poetry in many ways.

Written reviews have no way to capture the look of this book, and its feel simlpy has to be experienced first-hand. Powell became one of my favorite comic artists the moment I first saw his work. This volume cements his reputation as one of the finest creators working today.

-- wiredweird

PS: This volume includes "It Disappears," which has been published as separately.
An avant-garde collection especially recommended for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the underground comix scene.  Jun 9, 2007
Sounds of your Name is a graphic novel anthology of black-and-white zine and comic stories by punk band player Nate Powell. Featuring dark, gritty artwork, dialogue that turns on a dime from casual to deadly serious, and sequences that are likewise drift from day-in-the-life to tense to shockingly explosive, the stories in Sounds of Your Name captivate with underground fervor. From the hard life of an alley cat who longs for the comforts of domesticity, to the simultaneously grim and spiritual insights of a war veteran, to the rites of passage from childhood to adulthood, Sounds of Your Name is undeniably a "thinking man's comic" from cover to cover. An avant-garde collection especially recommended for anyone interested in taking the pulse of the underground comix scene.

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