The Three Paradoxes

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Fantagraphics, 2007 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 80 pages
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The Three Paradoxes is an intricate and complex autobiographical comic by one of the most talented and innovative young cartoonists today. The story begins with a story inside the story: the cartoon character Paul Hornschemeier is trying to finish a story called "Paul and the Magic Pencil." Paul has been granted a magical implement, a pencil, and is trying to figure out what exactly it can do. He isn't coming up with much, but then we zoom out of this story to the creator, Paul, whose father is about to go on a walk to turn off the lights in his law office in the center of the small town. Abandoning the comic strip temporarily, Paul leaves with his camera, in order to fulfill a promise to his girlfriend that he would take pictures of the places that affected him as a child. Each "chapter" of the story is drawn in a completely different style, with strikingly unique production and color themes, and yet, somehow, despite (or perhaps because of) this non-linear progression, it all comes together as one story: a story questioning change, progress, and worth within the author's life.

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User Review  - Brigid - Goodreads

I'm going to have to have my husband and son read it, so I can talk to someone about it. I think I missed the point or the message. Read full review

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

I really like Hornschemeier's clean style, but his story is from the Chris Ware school of comics: dudes living with their parents, the occasional liberal arts post-modern riff, and a lot of people ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Paul Hornschemeier lives in Chicago, IL, with his fiancée, Emily. He is the author of several graphic novels, including Mother, Come Home, Let Us Be Perfectly Clear, The Three Paradoxes, All and Sundry and Forlorn Funnies.

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