Walt and Skeezix: Book Four: 1927-1928

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, Apr 13, 2010 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 400 pages
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In this fourth volume of Walt and Skeezix, the newly married Walt Wallet settles into domestic life with his wife, Phyllis, and their adopted son, Skeezix, but their family bliss is soon disrupted by a man who claims to be Skeezix's natural father. A long custody battle erupts, raising questions as to the importance of blood ties compared with a loving environment. Later, Walt and Phyllis have to deal with all the dilemmas of a young couple's life as their family starts to unexpectedly expand. This is the very stuff of life—paying the bills, nursing a sick child, finding the right job while spending quality time with family—expertly explored with cartoonist Frank King's unerring fidelity to reality. In unfolding the drama of the Wallet family's life, King displays his full mastery of long and complex narratives, which made his work a forerunner to the modern graphic novel. In his introduction to the series, Jeet Heer explores King's storytelling prowess and links the concerns of the strip with changes in American culture in the 1920s. Lavishly illustrated with King's family photos, the book is designed by Chris Ware, whose elegant and detail-rich books have revolutionized the graphic novel field.

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User Review  - scarequotes - LibraryThing

It's not too surprising, but this rewards patience. For the first year or so of strips, I thought the collection was agreeable but nothing special. But as details add up, and storylines ebb and flow ... Read full review

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User Review  - groovykinda - LibraryThing

Walt & Skeezix is more than just an entertaining comic strip. It's a look back into a world (1920's Wisconsin) lost to us forever. Warm, funny, sweet, endlessly entertaining (especially as Skeezix grows up), and very informative. A real treat. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Cartoonist/designer CHRIS WARE is the author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Quimby theMouse, and the ACME Novelty Datebook.Ware was born in 1967, two years before Frank King's death.

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