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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.In 2001, James watches his music career take off, has travel nightmares, tries to start waking up earlier, spends Comic-Con unable to speak, experiments with a GameBoy Camera, worries about a crazed fan, and James and Amy consider having a baby.
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In this issue, James Kochalka goes up against rising indy-comics star, Jeffrey Brown. The two cartoonists draw together, exchanging pages back and forth, and trade metaphorical jabs in a discussion that quickly devolves into an argument, which quickly devolves into a brawl about art and comics and the role such things play in our lives. See Jeffrey Brown turn into a city-destroying giant! See James Kochalka slap Jeffrey silly with a vomit-covered mop. Discussing art & life has never been more action-packed, or funnier.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, American Elf! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, American Elf is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.In 2000, James greets the new millennium, teaches his first class, plays a rock show for Courtney Love, drinks a lot, eats pie in the shower, and gets punched by a fan!
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life -- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. In 2002, James gets a cute little fever, starts to go bald, jams with Eddie Campbell, launches AmericanElf.com, goes skinny-dipping at Comic-Con, buys a house, and finally decides to have a baby.
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James Kochalka and Craig Thompson -- two of our best cartoonists -- go head-to-head in this free-wheeling collaboration/argument, discussing art and religion, confronting each other and playfully confronting God in one of the best comics "jams" ever set to paper. Kochalka and Thompson draw together, trading the pages back and forth, adding to each others drawings as the conversation turns in unexpected directions. A wild energy forms as their two drawing styles merge together. It's like a comics version of My Dinner with Andre, but with a giant killer octopus.
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This DIGITAL-ONLY book collects several hundred of Kochalka's best little paintings from the last few years. Kochalka began making the little paintings as something to sell to fans at conventions, but they quickly became a consuming obsession that led to several incredibly successful gallery shows at Giant Robot. Dozens and dozens of cute kitties and fuzzy creatures dominate the book, but as with all Kochalka's work, a deeper theme flows through the undercurrents... in this case it's contemporary America's emotional plight following the harrowing events of 9/11. Ultimately, Little Paintings is a celebration of the triumph of imagination over the harsh realities of the physical world. Very beautiful.
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Jack Krak is Back! After kind of destroying the world (whoops!), the wonderfully profane and destructive Superf*ckers are brought back to life to hang out, make out, punch each other out, and generally cause a ruckus. But when their leader, SuperDan, insists on their help in rescuing an old friend still trapped in Dimension Zero will it lead to the SuperF*ckers return to glory, or will they remain selfish jerks? Collecting all five issues of Superf*ckers Forever, the first-ever Superf*ckers comic series by creator James Kochalka, and featuring back-up stories by acclaimed indie creators!
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James Kochalka, the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont, has been hailed by School Library Journal for creating "Just the right blend of sarcasm, silliness, and action to appeal to both child readers and to adults reading with their kids." Now, his two uproarious series collide, as "the best little ghost in the world" teams up with everyone's favorite robot-kitty-warrior to take on a terrifying Ice Dragon! When JOHNNY BOO meets DRAGON PUNCHER, the result is an explosion of adventure and fun.
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In 2012, Amy finally finds a video game she likes, Oliver kisses God, and Eli decides to grow elf ears. Meanwhile, James writes his own animated series, falls in love with Star Fox, sings with his dying father, wins the Eisner Award, wonders if he's too old for rock & roll, and decides to do the unthinkable: bring American Elf to an end.
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In 2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, makes the TV news, prepares for the Rapture, realizes the terrorists won 9/11, opens for Gogol Bordello, and battles some of his darkest thoughts. Meanwhile Amy gets a butt concussion, Eli helps the police catch a suspect, Oliver sings "Love in an Elevator," and the whole family travels to Comic-Con!
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In 2010, James makes his feature film debut, dances in an airport bathroom, grinds his teeth, struggles through movie, TV, and game development deals, watches his parents grow old, tries to stop yelling, and realizes the movie Inception is how he feels all the time. Meanwhile Amy hits a landmark birthday, Eli wows the family with his emotional sophistication, and Oliver gets popcorn up his nose.
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In 2009, James falls pretends he won at the Angouleme Comics Festival, reveals an incredibly painful secret, has a mental breakdown, and promises to come back to life if he ever dies. Meanwhile Eli starts first grade and almost kisses a girl, Amy becomes the most powerful mommy in the universe, the family welcomes new kitten Nooko, and toddler Oliver tries to teach it to draw.
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In 2008, James tries to be a better daddy, is reduced to tears by Cormac McCarthy, asks his senile father to write a poem, paints with raspberry juice, meets Samuel L Jackson, tries to snap 5-year-old Eli out of a video game trance, and records some truly amazing dreams.
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In 2007, James exhibits 150 tiny paintings, gets dropped by his label, and films the movie MARS, while he his family invent their own language, control each other with imaginary video game controllers, tell long-distance bedtime stories, battle a milk dragon, and fall in love with new "werewolf baby" Oliver.
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In 2005, James invents Dragon Puncher, tells bad jokes, takes a vow of happiness, gets his website hacked, writes a children's book, releases a new album, teaches Eli to talk, launches his first class at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and defends Jar Jar Binks.
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In 2004, James settles into fatherhood, gets an intern, signs a record contract, discovers the digital camera, almost invents dubstep, tours his massive American Elf book, jams with Craig Thompson, watches an old friend move away, loses an Eisner, wins an Ignatz, and learns important lessons from baby Eli.
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In 2003, James rescues a duck, grows a beard, loses his fear of death, meets Daniel Johnston, gets fired from Vice Magazine, buys a house, invents a new grilled meat, gets bitten by the mayor, wins the Ignatz Award, is transformed by Amy's pregnancy and the birth of their son Eli, and decides that life is "harder, but better" with a baby.
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In 2006, Eli learns to swim, starts preschool, and invents new swears (like "pump duck"), while James gets fan mail from little kids, sells a song to FOX, launches a major new album, "fixes" a found painting, and writes a Christmas carol... plus he and Amy struggle with the idea of having another baby.
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A factory of self-replicating robots is stripping the jungle of its natural resources, threatening the territory of a colony of nearby monkeys. A series of encounters between the two groups quickly escalates into all out war. For all the book's humorous and charming appearance, beneath this entertaining veneer runs a stirring examination of the dual nature of existence, the dichotomy within the human mind, and our profound effect on the ecological environment. A modern day fable for adults and kids alike based on the age-old struggle between nature and technology.
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