The Search for Smilin' Ed!

The Search for Smilin Ed Originally created in and for the underground anthology Zero Zero The Search for Smilin Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks an

  • Title: The Search for Smilin' Ed!
  • Author: Kim Deitch
  • ISBN: 9781606993248
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Originally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture Where Boulevard of Broken Dreams focused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Cat delved into the historOriginally created in 1997 and 1998 for the underground anthology Zero Zero, The Search for Smilin Ed is the latest of Kim Deitch s graphic novels to showcase his obsessive burrowing into the nooks and crannies of vintage American popular culture Where Boulevard of Broken Dreams focused on the earliest days of the animation industry, Alias the Cat delved into the history of comic strips, and Molly O Dare collected in Shadowland concerned vintage movie serials, The search for Smilin Ed explores the wacky world of children s TV shows Launched on his latest investigation by a remark from his brother about a shared childhood favorite Y know, I heard that when Smilin Ed died his body was never found , Deitch begins to uncover some truly amazing things about the kiddie show host and his malevolent sidekick, Froggy the Gremlin Meanwhile, Deitch s muse and nemesis Waldo the Cat abandons Deitch to hang out with some demon buddies, and soon both Waldo and Deitch are closing in on the mysteries of Smilin Ed and Froggy Ranging across the entire twentieth century, replete with flashbacks, stories within stories, and guest appearances from other Deitch regulars, The Search for Smilin Ed is a narrative whirligig that shows Deitch at his wildest and woolliest For those whose heads have started to spin at the complexity of Deitch world, Deitch scholar Bill Kartalopoulos offers a lengthy essay on the ins and outs of this ever evolving, ever expanding world where fantasy, reality, and satire combine, clash, and are sometimes downright indistinguishable Bonus Deitch has also created a brand new story starring Waldo in his twenty first century post Alias The Cat state of domestic bliss, stumbling across an army of French talking beavers Of course, there s a story behind that

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    1. One of my friends made a remark recently in one of his reviews, saying that essentially the difference between a four and five star review is one of personal connection. I couldn't agree more. This is the second Kim Deitch book I've read, and like the first one I read, Shadowland, this one gets five stars. Deitch's work resonates on a personal level for me. I enjoy stories that are in different ways weird, dark, and absurd, but there has to be a level of truth or resonance among all the absurdi [...]

    2. Kim Deitch sees his brother off at the bus station to get treatment for drug addiction but before he leaves he reminds Kim of an old kids show they used to watch - Smilin' Ed's Gang - and how Smilin' Ed's body was never found when he died at sea. Intrigued, Kim sets out to discover all he can find about Smilin' Ed but the trail is cold with barely a mention of Smilin' Ed. After reaching a seemingly dead end, the story switches to Waldo the Cat who meets some old demon friends who say they know w [...]

    3. Deitch makes embedded narratives -- flashbacks within flashbacks, a TV show that elaborates on events that occurred in the lives of the people watching the show, a dream that yields the URL of a website containing the script of the next chapter of Deitch's book, a comic book that contains panels that happened several pages ago To make matters more convoluted, the various narrators (including Deitch himself, who appears as a character) are not only unreliable, but also sometimes drunk, asleep, d [...]

    4. I did not like this, but I will concede it was amazing. Deitch is a cartoon genius, and like R. Crumb, I am somewhat disgusted by his talent. A trippy cross between MC Escher and Crumb, The Search for Smilin' Ed follows Deitch's quest to track down the weird children's show host who disappeared mysteriously in 1954. WEIRD children's show with Buster Brown and Froggy the gremlin.

    5. More weird wonderful and whacked out wanderings and wonderings of a great strange mind! I love this story-teller, I love his stories! Some edgy humor on a psychedelic ride down nostalgia (& dementia) lane. Quirky jerky black and white drawings, I find to be crudely genius, have a wonderful flow. It's like a fugue. Superb.

    6. A typically fascinating elaboration on the alternate universe that Deitch has been exploring for 40 or more years now.

    7. Surreal romp through quirky nostalgia, kitsch, daemons, aliens & even pygmies ! Guess common theme since just encountered in other recent graphic novel 'Ed the Happy Clown'.

    8. FIrst time I'd read anything by Kim Deitch and found it really fun. Story sort of petered out/was of no consequence, but a lot of cool images and notions.

    9. A tapestry of brilliant surreality that puts to shame the most hilarious and terrifying LSD trips I've had. Each page is a masterpiece.

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