Cover image for Life between panels : the complete tails omnibus / Ethan Young.
Title:
Life between panels : the complete tails omnibus / Ethan Young.
ISBN:
9781506704746
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, April 2018.
Physical Description:
pages cm
Abstract:
"In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life! Ethan's life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance--living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can't tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

In this blend of autobiography and fantasy, a cartoonist records his life in New York City: his job, his creative career, his friends, his herd of cats, and a runaway comic strip come to life! Ethan's life as one of the many cartoonists living in NYC might look mundane at first glance - living with his parents, working a day job, playing with cats. But things get crazy when he starts to draw his comic strip Crusader Cat! Soon, Ethan can't tell the difference between real life and the comic panel!


Author Notes

Ethan Young is a prolific illustrator. His main expertise is sequential art and cartooning. Whether it's comic books or storyboards, Ethan Young brings his own unique sense of style and storytelling to every panel. Young has contributed comic book art to Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, DNA Creative, Ardden Entertainment, Hermes Press, and Johnson & Johnson. He has also drawn and designed for advertising, video games, independent films, T-shirt designs, album covers, logos, fantasy & sci-fi illustration and much more.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Young (Nanjing: The Burning City) collects his long-running, angsty semiautobiographical webcomic detailing the life of a 20-something cartoonist living in New York City. Having dropped out of art school, he lives with his family and fifteen cats, a result of a shared fostering situation with his ex-girlfriend that's gone awry. The relatable day-to-day story covers dating woes, roommate problems, difficult family dynamics, and professional challenges. Young explains in the foreword that he chose to publish this volume of a decade's worth of work without making any revisions, despite its unevenness. One subplot, which involves imagined comic book characters like Crusader Cat living in parallel to Young's own life, devolves awkwardly into magical realism, with cluttered layouts and heavy-handed writing. As the volume progresses, Young settles into a cleaner grid structure. His maturation over time is also apparent in how he draws his own character and those of his family, which in the first half of the book appear as elongated, angular figures with "westernized" features, but later with more distinctly Asian features. What Young communicates most successfully is that cultivating one's world through relationships, caretaking, and craft requires patience, empathy, and introspection. Memoir readers who appreciate the immediacy that comics bring and those who have the collector's instinct to own the complete arc will want to pick this up. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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