Fred the Clown

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Fantagraphics Books, 2004 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 192 pages
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Existential clown comedy as you like it.
  • SEE! Fred the Clown get slapped regularly in his single-minded pursuit of l'amour!
  • HEAR! The screams of his lady friends from several blocks away!
  • SMELL! Fred the Clown's scientifically improbable collection of fungal infections!
The signature creation of cartoonist Roger Langridge, Fred the Clown is the thinking man's idiot. Fred has an eye for the ladies, as well as several other organs, but the only part of themselves they're willing to share with him is a carefully placed kneecap... Fred the Clown's misadventures are a curious balance of bleakness and joyful absurdism; the universe may dump on Fred from a great height, but he never gives up. More often than not, they involve the pursuit of a ladyany lady will do, it seems, but bearded ladies are at the top of the list. Disappointment seems inevitable, and it usually is; yet, almost despite himself, Langridge will occasionally give Fred a happy ending out of nowhere... Langridge's comics betray a restless stylistic playfulness, a pessimism about human nature, and an absurdist perspective on human folly that can be traced back through Monty Python, The Goon Show and even as far back as Lewis Carroll. Fred the Clown's visual look often harks back to earlier eras, evoking the styles of (among others) Max Fleischer cartoons, classic newspaper strips, 19th-century illustration, the children's books of Maurice Sendak and Doctor Seuss, and more. The sensibility, though, is thoroughly modernno classic style goes unsubverted, no narrative is left without ending in emotional ambiguity or a pomposity-puncturing ironic gag. Underlying it all is Langridge's own meticulous brush style. According to another New Zealand cartoonist, Hicksville creator Dylan Horrocks, "If Samuel Beckett had teamed up with the Goons and learned to draw like Tex Avery, the result would have been something very like the comics of Roger Langridge."

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Review: Fred the Clown

User Review  - Peacegal - Goodreads

Fred the Clown is really something special. It started a little slowly, but once it got moving the incredible wit and sparkling parody really shone through. Fred features so much of "my type" of ... Read full review

Review: Fred the Clown

User Review  - Zeo - Goodreads

Dammit Langridge, this comic set some expectations. After this one I read his Art D'Ecco, which apparently came well before and included material that evolved into Fred the Clown, and paled in ... Read full review


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About the author (2004)

Roger Langridge has been producing comics for over twenty years. Most recently, he has attracted critical attention for his work on the Harvey Award-winning THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK (BOOM! Studios) and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER (Marvel Comics); other works of note include Marvel's FIN FANG FOUR, Fantagraphics' ZOOT! and ART D'ECCO (in collaboration with his brother Andrew), and the NCS, Ignatz, Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic book FRED THE CLOWN. He currently lives in London with his wife Sylvie and their two children.

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