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What Am I Doing Here?

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781681370491
Author(s): Abner Dean
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: New York Review Comics
Dimensions: 150 x 22 x 210 (w x l x h)
Pages: 168

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What Am I Doing Here? is a startling masterwork by one of the forgotten innovators of American comics. In 1945, after over a decade as a commercial illustrator - drawing advertisements and cartoons for Life, Time, Esquire, Newsweek, and many others - Abner Dean invented a genre all his own: one might call it the Existential Gag Cartoon. It uses the elegant draftsmanship and single panel format of the standard cartoons of the day, but turns them to a deeper, stranger purpose. They are funny, but they are far more than just jokes. With an inimitable mixture of wit, earnestness, and enigmatic surrealism, Dean uses this most ephemeral of forms to explore the deepest mysteries of human existence. What is the point of the world? How do I find what I'm looking for? What makes me, me? And how could this book ever be forgotten? What Am I Doing Here? is his second book, and may be his best. It depicts a world at once alien and familiar, in which everyone is naked, but acts like they're clothed - a world of club-wielding commuters and byzantine inventions, secret fears and perverse satisfactions.
Through it all strolls (or crawls, or floats, or stumbles) Dean's unclad Everyman, searching for love, happiness, and the answers to life's biggest questions.

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