American Elf 1999

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455

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January 2012

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A digital exclusive – this edition is not available in print!

Winner of the Ignatz Award for both Outstanding Comic and Outstanding Online Comic.

“Comics’ foremost optimist, Kochalka really distinguishes himself from his fellow cartoonists not only through deceptively simple and wonderful art, but also with a goofy, vulnerable cheerfulness. In a medium where many creators find life unbearably and predictably painful, he finds the extraordinary in the ordinary.” –
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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.

A Top Shelf digital exclusive!


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Alison Bechdel

•Author of Fun Home

“James Kochalka is my autobiographical idol.”

Forbidden Planet

•Comics retailer

“With these strips Kochalka does a very wonderful thing, documenting various interconnected day to day events, focusing on every aspect of his life and doing it with such variety and interest that you as a reader cannot help but be sucked into the book, turning page after page and enjoying every tiny little moment.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Kolchaka’s art takes advantage of the fact that these strips are supposed to be entries in a “sketchbook diary.” It’s rough and kinetic, using vivid colors and surreal figures (his best friend is a dog; an acquaintance may turn out to be a cyclops). The result is surprisingly realistic, but also versatile, able to handle poop jokes and late-night worries with equal weight.”