Is That All There Is?
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Is That All There Is?


By appropriating and subverting Tintin creator Herge s classic clear line style, Joost Swarte revitalized European alternative comics in the 1970s with a series of satirical, musically elegant, supremely beautifully drawn short stories often featuring his innocent, magnificently-quiffed Jopo de Pojo, or his orotund scientist character, Anton Makassar. Under Swarte s own exacting supervision, Is That All There Is? will collect virtually all of his alternative comics work from 1972 to date, including the RAW magazine stories that brought him fame among American comics aficionados in the 1980s. Especially great pains will be taken to match Swarte s superb coloring, which includes stories executed in watercolor, comics printed in retro duotones, fiendishly clever use of Zip-a-Tone screens, and much more. (There s even a story about how to color comics art using those screens, with Makassar as the teacher.) Other noteworthy stories include Swarte s take on an episode from Herge s early days, a Fats Domino story, a tribute to the legendary Upside-Downs strip, and a story titled simply Modern Art.

Title:Is That All There Is?
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:120 pages

    Is That All There Is? Reviews

  • Mark
    May 16, 2012

    Five stars for content, three for design. Why the heck did Fantagraphics print this book at this small size? Most of these pieces were originally published at a larger size than this, and they all des...

  • David Doorakkers
    Oct 05, 2016

    Joost Swarte is misschien wel Nederlands bekendste striptekenaar. Daarbij moet vermeld worden dat striptekenaars in het algemeen in Nederland, zelfs de grootste, per definitie niet bekend zijn bij het...

  • Michael Scott
    Apr 15, 2013

    I bought this book for two main reasons: I liked the idea of exploring the art of a Dutch modern artist, and I thought the cover was provocative yet witty. While the art did not disappoint, the old pr...

  • Emma Roulette
    Jan 02, 2016

    This is just my opinion, and maybe this opinion will block me from enjoying the majority of the comic world out there, but I just can't seem to get into comics that are mainly about bad guys vs. good ...

  • P.
    May 01, 2012

    I think Joost Swarte is a great artist. I'm still not sure what to do about the racial stereotypes--it needs to be really explicitly a satire of older humor for me to get it, I guess, and to me it jus...

  • Michael Larson
    May 05, 2012

    Joost Swarte as an artist I can't believe I hadn't heard of before. This probably has to do with the fact that this is the first proper collection of his work released in the US, but still, his inspir...

  • Tommy
    Oct 14, 2012

    I find Swarte's style fascinating in its precision and "clarity of line," which is apparently a style he mostly created, or at least became the master of. The intro by Chris Ware was pretty interestin...

  • Jeff
    Feb 12, 2012

    Joost Swarte is one of the true greats, the most important inheritor of Herge's ligne claire style, in both the technical and philosophical sense. While he has his ups and downs as a storyteller, his ...

  • Rolf William
    Mar 24, 2012

    This book is cool.I bought it because I was at Big Brain comics in Minneapolis and the clerk talked to me and then I felt guilted into buying something.It's odd and has a couple semi-racist seeming st...

  • David Schaafsma
    Jul 27, 2013

    Mostly influenced by Herge's Tintin, and somewhat by the underground comix movement (his stuff was published first in RAW by Spiegelman), this is interesting. His "clean line" approach is impressive; ...