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• One of NPR’s Best Books of 2013
In this brand new graphic novel from the acclaimed author of Bottomless Belly Button and BodyWorld, Dash Shaw dramatizes the story of a boy moving to an exotic country and his infatuation with an unfamiliar culture that quickly shifts to disillusionment. A sense of “being different” grows to alienation, until he angrily blames this once-enchanting land for his feelings of isolation.
All of this is told through the fantastical eyes of young Danny, a boy growing up in the ’90s fed on dramatic adventure stories like Jurassic Park and X-Men. Danny’s older brother, Luke, travels to a remote island to teach English to the employees of ClockWorld, an ambitious new amusement park that recreates historical events. When Luke doesnt return after two years, Danny travels to ClockWorld to convince Luke to return to America. But Luke has made a new life, new family, and even a new personality for himself on ClockWorld, rendering him almost unrecognizable to his own brother. Danny comes of age as he explores the island, ClockWorld, and fights to bring his brother home.
“On first read, it is melancholic, funny and smartly impressionistic, three things that comics do well. Dash Shaw likes to move through styles, and it’s exciting. As soon as you think you have a fix on his forms, he tweaks it just a bit.” Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman
New School is unlike anything in the history of the comics medium: at once funny and deadly serious, easily readable while wildly artistic, personal and political, familiar and completely new.
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“In some of the book’s most impressive moments, expansive locations like the theme park allow Shaw to indulge in series of Frank Milleresque spreads that afford some widescreen scale to the proceedings. The artist’s deadpan humor is further displayed by the overblown dialogue that permeates the story, which reflects an enervated state of naïve youth, overly sensitive, anxiety-ridden, alienated and far from home—even when they ARE at home.” – James Romberger
•National Public Radio (USA)
“It must be noted that Shaw demands more close attention than some readers will be willing to give. But at least in this case, that close attention is amply rewarded: New School is a defiantly odd, quietly gorgeous, utterly singular book.” – Glen Weldon
The Comics Journal
•American comics magazine
“Shaw is messing with the conventions of the comic strip narrative in a radical way, and that disruption is his true subject. The disruption creates quite a few original, striking, even beautiful effects. But messing with narrative is tricky business. The blunt three-act form of New School (quest, crisis, escape) works against the act of disruption in a way that, for example, the manic complexities and borderline incoherence of Gary Panter doesn’t.” – Carter Scholz