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Book Title: Read Yourself Raw|
The author of the book: Art Spiegelman
Date of issue: September 12th 1987
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.47 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.1
ISBN 13: 9780394755519
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There's no description here, so just to briefly explain: This book contains excerpts from the first three issues of Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine, which was sort of an early-80s successor to the underground comix anthologies of the 70s (ie Arcade), but a bit more arty/avante-garde-ish.
RAW (based in Soho) employed a similar aesthetic to the downtown Manhattan music and film scenes of the late 70s/early 80s, and as a big fan of that era this was a very exciting discovery for me. It's difficult to put my finger on what exactly it is, but even across a wide number of creators there's a certain conceptual similarity that I really liked. Kind of helped bring the whole era to life for me.
As with any anthology, Read yourself RAW is kind of a mixed bag. There were a few pieces that I outright disliked, a couple that seemed more interesting conceptually than enjoyable to read, but there were several that I loved. Jacque's Tardi's "Manhattan" was by far my favorite...just an incredible piece. Also loved Munoz's short story and Spiegelman's "Two-Fisted Painters". Most pieces are short, which in some cases does the creators a disservice. For example, you'd be hard pressed to realize Charles Burns's (unquestionable) genius from his two one-page stories. There's also a prevailing tone of artistic detachment and irony throughout the book (not necessarily a criticism), which makes it funny to think that something as serious and human as Spiegelman's Maus came out of RAW.
Due to wide variations in quality I feel like I can't give this more than three stars, but I don't want to give the impression that this isn't worth tracking down. I found a used copy for $25 (which I considered reasonable), and it was easily worth it just as a window to a fascinating time for underground culture and for introducing me to several outstanding creators (especially Jacques Tardi).
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Read information about the authorArt Spiegelman (born Itzhak Avraham ben Zeev) is New-York-based comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus.
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