The Understanding Monster: Book One

The Understanding Monster Book One In a mutating house full of growing toys a multi dimensional robot a Werewolf Exorcist and a reanimated mummy attempt to rescue a complicated being named Izadore A Lynd Ward Prize Honor Book The Un

  • Title: The Understanding Monster: Book One
  • Author: Theo Ellsworth
  • ISBN: 9780983166245
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In a mutating house full of growing toys, a multi dimensional robot, a Werewolf Exorcist and a reanimated mummy attempt to rescue a complicated being named Izadore A Lynd Ward Prize Honor Book, The Understanding Monster Book One is an exquisite exploration into the inner workings of an imaginary world.

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    1. This book has FANTASTIC illustrations, though I had NO CLUE what was going on.Characters utter lines like:The Pharaoh just got your phantom skeleton to lie down inside of your ghostd:I can't believe you haven't time-lapsed evolved yourself a new physical body and hyper-technologized that toy head into an action wagon. WTF????I'm either really stupid, or I didn't do enough drugs when I was in my twenties.

    2. A map and instruction set for navigating the internal landscape, framed as a kind of alien picture book for child psychologists. Ellsworth has devised some of his best moments here, eerie close-crosshatched houses-within-houses-between-the-walls-of-other-houses, all with cryptic self-help commentary via a web of mouthpieces but it also seems to be covering so many strange and cacophonous idea-spaces that it's hard to hold together in the mind as a gestalt. Granted, this is only Book One (with Bo [...]

    3. Izadore's spirit is stuck inside a mouse trapped in negative time, while his phantom skeleton also roams free. He must escape from negative time and find his way back to his body with the help of a fly inhabited by the spirit of a marooned space navigator named This Way That Way, the seemingly-omniscient Inspector Gimble, a girl, time-crystals, and a host of sentient toys, against the hindrances of Mean Kids in the walls, the Pharaoh's mummy, and the Devil (maybe). I think! Mind-bendingly fun, g [...]

    4. Picked it up. Tried to readuldn't get passed the first 4-6 pages. I heard his Capacity book was good. I am really over this trendy all over the place - school notebook Etsy style. If there was a kind of structure with the panels and nice clear lettering perhaps I could read it and get into it, but it's like trying to untangle a ball of yarn or christmas lights. Not something I want to do and reading something after all should be enjoyableeven if the story itself might not be. The process was dif [...]

    5. I'm not entirely sure where the narrative is going in The Understanding Monster, but I I love Theo Ellsworth art. The luxurious, thick intricacy is like a story all to itself. This book, and the two that follow it, are like a free-form mental journey or thought experiment. We interviewed Theo on the podcast, comicsalternative/comics-a.

    6. Ugh. No. Unreadable drivel. Fantastical art but not good art. Not sure the intended audience for this one but certainly not me. And no one I'd care to recommend it to.

    7. 3.5 stars. Although I understand so very little of what's going on, the art is amazing. Will definitely read again.

    8. A dark acid trip of a graphic novel filled with beautifully intricate illustrations of macabre monsters and machines. Not completely sure what I read, but I'm positive this story will haunt my dreams nonetheless.

    9. Wonderful to behold, impossible to understand. I've read Ellsworth before and experienced much of the same. Whatever plane of existence this guy is operating on, it is not on any map that I have.

    10. For fans of Ellsworth's short, quirky comics, this graphic novel may be a bit much. While his trademark cleverness makes several appearance, the loping dreamscape of a story doesn't offer quite the same immediate satisfaction. The book, however, succeeds beautifully by its own standards, with the same intricate, patterned illustrations Ellsworth fans have come to expect. In addition, the longer format allows Ellsworth to examine deeper ideas, and the abstract surface actually conceals themes tha [...]

    11. This book was definitely a challenge for me -- the story was equal parts fascinating and frustrating. But Theo Ellsworth is such a great artist ( CapacityandSleeper Carare must reads, along with Thought Cloud Shrines, Imaginary Homework, etc), that I'll try to give it another chance someday.

    12. I'm not sure I understand what's happening, which is pretty much the state of Izadore as well. Explorations of the mind, with incredibly rich, dense artwork and enough imagination for a room full of kindergartners.

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