To Know You're Alive

Dakota McFadzean (Author)
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Description

Award-winning Canadian cartoonist Dakota McFadzean returns with a brilliantly dark collection that offers a glimpse into the cracks between childhood imagination and the disappointing harshness of adulthood. Populated by cruel bullies, exhausted parents, and relentless cartoon mascots, the world of To Know You're Alive renders the familiar into something that is alien and absurd. The characters in these stories long to uncover something uncanny in shadowy attics and beneath masks, only to discover that sometimes it's worse to find nothing at all.

Product Details

Price
$20.00  $18.40
Publisher
Conundrum Press
Publish Date
December 01, 2020
Pages
160
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.2 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781772620498
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About the Author

Dakota McFadzean is a Canadian cartoonist who has been published by MAD Magazine, The New Yorker The Best American Comics, and Funny or Die. He has also worked as a storyboard artist for DreamWorks. McFadzean is an alumni of The Center for Cartoon Studies. He has two books available from Conundrum Press: Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On, and Don't Get Eaten by Anything, which collects three years of daily comic strips. He is a co-editor/co-founder of the comics and art anthology Irene, and distributes his own short stories in his ongoing minicomic series, Last Mountain. McFadzean currently lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Reviews

Praise for Other Stories and the Horse You Rode In On:

"The wide open prairie of Saskatchewan, the domestication of garden gnomes, the psychoanalytic breakdown of 8-bit video games -- into these and other subjects Dakota McFadzean digs with his pen and brush, unearthing truths that discomfit even as they entertain. This collection of his best work to date mashes cuteness into cruelty, hope into resignation, and life into death, leaving us with one slow-burning ball of phosphorescent comics." -- Jason Lutes (author of Berlin)

"Lurking in the background of this comic is the fear that you can't protect your children; the fear that you are going to be like your parents; or the fear that you won't be able to give your child more than what you had. But perhaps more remarkable . . . is how well it blends autobiography and supernatural horror. It's a standard reflective parenting comic, until it's not. And in that moment when the boundary is crossed, that's where McFadzean's work shines." -Alex Hoffman, Sequential State

"Other Stories offers a glimpse into a mind dedicated to opening up worlds of possibility just to see what might happen. Each story pits the limitless imagination and optimism of childhood against the realities of the adult world. Thankfully, the playfulness ultimately wins the day." - Quill & Quire