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ISBN: 1606994107
Author: Kim Thompson,Lewis Trondheim
Language: English
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; 1st edition (May 31, 2011)
Pages: 160
Category: Graphic Novels
Subcategory: Comics
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 170
Size Fb2: 1927 kb
Size ePub: 1136 kb
Size Djvu: 1505 kb
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Approximate Continuum Comics book. One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels. One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s life.

Autobiographical comics, such as those collected in Approximate Continuum Comics . After some strips, Trondheim asked for four more panels, and wrote the highly dense comic book, Moins d'un quart de seconde pour vivre.

Autobiographical comics, such as those collected in Approximate Continuum Comics, which later formed his book Approximativement; as well as his more recent Carnet de bord series (3 volumes). Newer autobiographical comics are regularly published on his blog under the title Les petits riens (serialized in English paperback volumes as Little Nothings). Such constrained writing achievements, reminiscent of OuLiPo writers, were a huge incentive for OuBaPo's creation. English translations.

Approximate Continuum Comics" is a Graphic Novel by the famous french artist Lewis Trondheim, in which he reflects about his life. Throughout the comic, he portrays himself as the bird (?) in the foreground. 1366x728px . 2 MB. Show More.

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Approximate Continuum Comics. Trondheim’s third collection of musings on his personal life maintains its predecessors’ high caliber of narrative and art. The poor man, a worrier with a ready imagination for impending disaster, does a lot of traveling in these pages, to Réunion Island, Fiji, and the comics conference at Angôuleme. All of which entails swimming with sharks, coping with giant spiders, obsessing about consumerism while engaging in gadget lust, watching the family cat prey on a bird, and lots more equally engaging and ironic adventures.

Approximate Continuum Comics by Lewis Trondheim. Now this is something. Trondheim's first autobiographical comic, done back in the mid to late 90s, caused quite a bit of attention when it was first published in Europe. We only got drabs of it initially via Trondheim's American series, The Nimrod. Now that his other autobio series, Little Nothings, is doing well for NBM, Fantagraphics is returning to the well once again, this time releaing the whole thing in one fell swoop.

Reading an excerpt of Lewis Trondheim's Approximate Continuum Comics in the pages of the SPX 2000 anthology sparked my interest in. .Approximate Continuum Comics is all about ebb and flow, as one anecdote bleeds into the next without a definitive end note.

Reading an excerpt of Lewis Trondheim's Approximate Continuum Comics in the pages of the SPX 2000 anthology sparked my interest in modern European comics. Originally published as a series of . style single issues in the early 1990s, it was supposed to contain a mix of autobiographical, gag, and fiction pieces. In terms of Trondheim's visual style, he depicts his characters as anthropomorphic animals, establishing a bleed between fantasy and naturalism.

Approximate Continuum Comics brings American readers the first portion of the “Trondheim Autobio Trilogy” that also comprises the Eisner-nominated “At Loose Ends” meditation serialized in Mome (which will be released as a graphic novel in 2012) and the ongoing “Little Nothings” series of short slice-of-life stories (three to date from NBM Publishing), as well as the first three chapters serialized in the Nimrod comic book. In Approximate Continuum Comics, Trondheim’s typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying to maintain his rising career as one of Europe’s most beloved cartoonists.

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If you're not yet familiar with the comics of Lewis Trondheim, you probably should be. One of France's top creators, Trondheim's work is just starting to regularly appear on these shores. Two series dominate his American appearances: the Dungeon graphic novels with Joann Sfar and other collaborators; and his autobiographical travelogues, Little Nothings.

Both of those series are published by NBM, but for many years prior to Dungeon and Little Nothings, Fantagraphics was Trondheim's American publisher, most notably with the black-and-white series The Nimrod, which ran 7 issues from 1988 to 2003.

I only discovered Trondheim a couple of years ago, so Nimrod slipped under my radar, just as it did with too many US comics readers. Luckily, I found a few of the back issues this past winter, and they're great. One of the highlights was a series of autobiographical stories that looked at Trondheim's roles and misadventures in the Franco-Belgian comics scene. Those tales, along with a few chapters that have never appeared in the United States, are now collected in Approximate Continuum Comics.

If you've read Little Nothings, you know that it is comprised of one-page vignettes, beautifully executed in watercolor. Approximate Continuum Comics is much earlier work (first drawn around 1993 and 1994), so it's looser, rougher, and not quite as developed artistically. It's also a deeper story, chronicling an important phase of Trondheim's life. These were the years he made his real leap from self-published upstart to internationally published superstar.

It's a wonder how he got there. Trondheim (as depicted by Trondheim) is a mass of neuroses and tics. He's full of self-doubt and more than a little bit of anger. But what sets him apart from oh-so-many other autobiographical cartoonists is that he's also devoted to his life and his art. You might say that this is a book about beating yourself up in service of self-exploration, which itself is in service of creating great stories.

As Trondheim tells his story, we get to meet the other players in his life, including his partner, Brigitte (whom he marries halfway through the book), and cartoonists David B., Emile Bravo, Didier Tronchet, Jean-Christophe Menu, Killofer, and Philippe Dupuy, among others. These are all creators growing up alongside him and creating their own careers, and as his main sounding boards, they are also the primary avenue upon which he throws his insecurities. Now, I'm not well versed in European comics, so I don't have much of a clue who most of these people are, and maybe some of the book would have meant something more if I were more familiar with them or their work, but luckily you don't need to know much about them or the French comics scene to read this book. Some passages and references went over my head, but it's not a history book, so it could be forgiven.

The looseness of the art serves the story well, allowing Trondheim to depict a greater level of emotion than in his more recent stories, and also to be more surreal. Many segments of the book are dreamlike, which actually serves the diary aspect of the work well. It allows Trondheim to give his imagination form and to show how that imagination, which is his greatest asset, is on occasion also his worst enemy, since it allows him to blow any little event in his life way, way, way out of proportion.

The book ends with a unique element: several pages of rebuttals from the other comics creators depicted throughout. These are both hilarious and insightful, providing a broader picture of the tales within, and of Trondheim himself. It's a great way to bring the collection to a close.

By the way, the title of this book does give a hint as to its own weakness: As with most diary comics, Approximate Continuum Comics is not quite a complete story, but a collection of anecdotes that work together to tell a broader tale. Some details are missing, sometimes leaving you to wonder how Trondheim got from point A to point C. Some chapters end abruptly with no signal that the next page is the beginning of a new anecdote. A few story threads disappear. But the anecdotes are still more solid and deeper than those in Little Nothings, which restricts each story to a one-page gag.

The net effect is both satisfying and likely to leave you wanting just a little bit more. If that means buying and reading your next Trondheim book, so be it.

Reviewed by John R. Platt
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After years of following Trondheim's autobiographical "Little Nothings" series, I finally got the chance to read the volume that started it all. I've seen the french edition of this book described as a classic of comic book autobiography, and I have to say that it lives up to the hype. It is extremely funny, and it's probably the most enjoyable Trondheim book in print in English. It should appeal to everyone who has a soft spot for self-deprecating neurotics in the vein of Robert Crumb, Woody Allen and Larry David. Admittedly I kinda miss the beautiful watercolors he would start using in the later series. Also I don't like the way he draws his wife in this book, her bird-like features look more female in the "Little Nothings" books. But apart from that, I have nothing bad to say about his thoroughly enjoyable tome.

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