Alec : how to be an artist /

Narrated by the author in the future tense, it is a graphic novel about becoming an artist and making your way in the world as an artist.

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Main Author: Campbell, Eddie, 1955-
Format: Book
Published: Paddington Q, Australia : Marietta, GA : Eddie Campbell Comics ; Available in the US from Chris Staros, Top Shelf Productions, 2001.
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Review by Booklist Review

Campbell, best known as the illustrator of Alan Moore's acclaimed graphic novel From Hell (2000), has created autobiographical comics featuring his alter ego, Alec MacGarry, for more than two decades. Although this book's intentionally misleading title implies that it tells aspiring artists Campbell's secrets of effectively slinging ink, it is actually the story of his long struggle to survive in the comics business. Simultaneously, it relates his courtship, marriage, and emigration to Australia; details a handful of idealistic artists' ongoing, uphill effort to transform the comics medium from pamphlets produced for kiddies to sophisticated graphic novels for adults; and ruminates on the nature of art. That is a lot for one fairly slim volume to tackle, but Campbell's deceptively simple drawing style and considerable narrative skills enable him to successfully juggle all those disparate balls. Furthermore, his droll playfulness makes the book far more entertaining than such an ambitious effort has any right to be. --Gordon Flagg

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