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September 12, 2008

Eddie Campbell, classified a Category 4 Storm


Links, links aplenty:

"Campbell's newest release, "The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard," is a return to that greatness we should expect from him and First Second."—Brick

"Eddie Campbell's metafictional romp, The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard (First Second, $17), written in collaboration with Dan Best, isn't a graphic novel so much as an overstuffed trunk spilling over with whimsical adventures, factual morsels, and gags." —Bookforum

"The last part of the book, dealing with Etienne and his friends in their post-circus old age, is surprisingly moving, with a happy-sad ending that even includes a cameo appearance by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, the creators of Superman. It's a perfect end to a story that could only be told in the comics format."—CityPages

"One of the best things about Eddie Campbell is that, as a creator, I never feel like he's fallen into a rut. Each new project always seems very different from the previous one, trying out new ideas and storytelling tactics. Sure enough, his and Dan Best's new book, The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard, is completely different from the last book of Campbell's I read. And in some ways, I think it's my favorite book from Campbell in a long while. . . . Campbell and Best have gone all-out and created a comic masterpiece."—Read About Comics

"It's just a gorgeous book, a great bit of comics storytelling that uses the form like nothing else out there. Campbell makes comics like nobody else, and the world is richer for having his work in it. Hopefully, he'll be able to keep delivering beautiful works like this for years to come."—IndiePulp

"Long live the amazing remarkable monsieur Campbell!"—Omnivoracious/amazon.com book blog

"There will not be a more inventive or funnier comic book released in calendar year 2008 than The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard by Eddie Campbell and Dan Best, published by First Second. And by "calendar year 2008," of course, I mean, "The 21st Century.""—Comic Book Galaxy

"Eddie Campbell remains one of the comic industry's most creative and challenging voices, getting more mileage out of an idea than nearly any other creator. His sense of design and appreciation for playful characters and scenarios serves him well in this engaging, entertaining book about unlikely families and the eventfulness of life." —Newsarama

"MONSIEUR LEOTARD is one of the strangest, most artistically brave books I've read in recent memory"—Comics Waiting Room

"This fantastical story following fictional and real life characters Forrest Gump-ing through historical events and made up adventures is a feast for the brain and eyes. . . . First Second has made a name for itself by producing quality material, but this book outdoes all of its previous endeavors."—Ain't It Cool

"It's a first class tour-de-Campbell whimsy" —Comic Book Resources

"A fine Eddie Campbell book, in the style that no one else could replicate, and a joy to read."—Comic Mix

"In the delightful "The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard" graphic novel treasure Eddie Campbell and his collaborator Dan Best take a look at old side shows and draw a direct line between those performers and the modern day superhero. This unexpected feat is accomplished by examining the structure of exciting narratives and sweeping adventures as experienced by outsiders."—Shuffleboil

(my bolds)



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