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The Someday Funnies [PDF / EPUB] The Someday Funnies The Someday Funnies is the long awaited collection of comic strips created in the early 1970s by world famous artists and writers such as C C Beck René Goscinny Harvey Kurtzman Jack Kirby Moebius Art The Someday Funnies is the long awaited collection of comic The Someday Epub / strips created in the early s by world famous artists and writers such as C C Beck René Goscinny Harvey Kurtzman Jack Kirby Moebius Art Spiegelman and Gahan Wilson What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as writereditor Michel Chouette traveled the world commissioning this visual chronicle of the s only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue Forty years later readers finally get to experience this legendary anthology as Chouette celebrates the birth death and resurrection of The Someday Funnies— previously unpublished strips by writers and artistsPraise for The Someday Funnies“In National Lampoon contributor Chouette was asked by Jann Wenner to edit a special comics insert for Rolling Stone that would allow prominent cartoonists and writers to survey the s That collection “The Someday Funnies” transformed over the next few years into a never published book featuring the work of writers and artists and then—when Wenner pulled the plug—into the great lost project of comics history a “Pet Sounds” of mainstream underground and European sensibilities existing only in Chouette’s Montreal storage space Thirty one years later it’s finally seeing print and it’s a doozy featuring work from luminaries like Art Spiegelman Joost Swarte Jack Kirby and Will Eisner There are also comics written by Harlan Ellison and William S Burroughs and illustrations from such unlikely suspects as Tom Wolfe and Federico Fellini What sticks with a reader now is the way the ’s had already begun to curdle in the memory even for those who had just lived them; than one of these comics posits wild eyed alternate histories of the ’s including the book’s kicker a great Captain Marvel strip that ties the decade’s woes to Billy Batson’s mid century silence Though the collection is by its nature a mixed bag it’s a priceless time capsule of comics history presented handsomely by Abrams in the large tabloid size Chouette always envisioned— Publishers Weekly starred review “A treasure trove of sixties cartooning finally hits print This graphic time capsule reveals that “the sixties” still define modern America’s contradictory heart” — Village Voice  “Where else can you see previously unpublished works by great artists like Kirby Bode and Beck who have since passed on to that great bull pen in the sky” — Cleveland Plain Dealer  “As a portrait of the state of the medium of comics in the early s in the US and Europe a yeasty blend of old and new that was poised to make a jump to the forefront of artistic endeavors in the twenty first century.

10 thoughts on “The Someday Funnies

  1. says:

    Like most anthologies this is hit or miss but worth a look just to see such a wide range of talents from an interesting time in comics history

  2. says:

    This is a fascinating artifact that would have been significantly fascinating if the editor had managed to keep out of his own way In the early '70s Chouette tapped some of the eras greatest cartoonists to take a satirical look back at the '60s He had gathered a tremendous amount of material but couldn't get it published until 2012 The comics themselves while inevitably uneven considering the broad brief and variable effort put into them are a treasure trove of oddities and definitely worth the price of admission However Chouette significantly overestimates how interested comics fans are going to be in his own journey to publication which would have been okay had it been confined to the introduction but instead became a major liability when he decided to turn a uirk of his original ask to artists to leave an empty space in their compositions for a future story to weave through the various pages into a tone deaf self aggrandizing and utterly irrelevant platform for an illustrated pantomime of his travels around the world gathering and pitching material a glib and irritating conceit that comes dangerously close to spoiling the whole enterprise But if you can get past that there are treasures within which justify the large size format and beautiful printing

  3. says:

    A anthology first produced in the 70s of an international group of cartoonists reflecting back on the heyday of the 60s but not actually published until the aughts I think the tone of it is 'in the moment' than makes it accessible to me but there are some rare finds from established creators to make it worth looking through

  4. says:

    This is a whole that is perhaps somewhat less than the sum of its parts It began as a comics format retrospective on the 1960s for Rolling Stone but as Chouette's vision and ambition grew so did the project until it became a projected book and ulmitately nothing than that when the publisher pulled out and funding dried up The strips Chouette had gathered from an impressive array of contemporary comics talent non comics talent upcoming talent and nobodies two strips are by people who were then teenagers and who seem never to have gone to have carrers in art ended up languishing for literally decades before an article on this lost Holy Grail of comics prompted a revisitation to the stored strips and ultimately to this publication It falls considerably short of Chouette's projected number of strips at 129 fewer than half the number he originally aimed for It falls considerably shoirt of its ambitions as wellThe idea of getting an array of folk form inside and outside the comics world to use the comics format to look back at and comment on the 1960s was a fascinating one and certainly radical at the itme Chouette bagan work Even the idea of having mainstream and alternate cartoonists rubbing metaphorical shoulders in the same book was if not uniue certainly unusual but the idea of bringing in non comics figures or folk not really associated with comics Tom Wolfe Fellini Frank Zappa Wiliam S Burroughs etc certainly was uniue and potentially inspired Chouette's further notion of each strip leaving a blank space into which Robert Crumb would insert art that would create a through line for the book was also interesting Sadly first off not all the artists left such a space and second Crumb declined to be involved Even sadly Chouette chose to fill the bank spaces that did appear with art documenting his process of reassembling the book a choice that fails to achieve the original intent and also failt to achieve a worthwhile alternative thereto The added art rarely fits well into the original context It might have bene better to leave the blank spaces blankIt is certainly interesting to see all these strips especially ones by cartoonists I like as they have afaik not been seen before New work by great cartoonists is always worth a look In many instances though these strips ust don't stand up that well what might have seemed innovative or daring forty years ago all too often seems trite dated or even offensive today To be sure there are some noteworthy strips and not always by those one would expect Tom Wolfe's for instance is one of the high points Aragones does a lovely piece laid out innovatively with comics panels inside a silhouette of an Olympic athlete while the content of the strip proper fairly mercilessly satirizes the Olympics On the other hand many strips are if not necessarily bad merely decent or pedestrian I had a pervasive sense of disappointment reading through all these supposedly lost treasures comics Holy Grail and all but finding few that really provided a visual or intellectual wow Probably of interest to serious comics fans and competists but not really a must have sadly

  5. says:

    Bought at Feldman's Books a completely overlooked used book store in Menlo Park They have a great selection of graphic novelscomic books way in the back This book was in the armful that I got that day along with some books by B Kliban that might have been a wee bit too old 10 year oldThe big deal with this book was that he commissioned a bunch of cartoonists known and unknown and even some non cartoonists definitely known to contribute their impression of the 60s in comic formOriginally this was going to be a uick supplement in Rolling Stone then maybe a special edition Some guy from National Lampoon named Michel Chouette was hired to use his contacts to commission the printsEventually Jann Wenner either tired of the project or caught a whiff of the stench of death coming off the project and cut the whole think loose For almost a decade following Mr Chouette continued to commission pieces and nearly set up financing several timesHow do I know so much about the history of this book? Because the book rubs your face in it every chance it gets One must read through or wisely skip over an introduction forward and preface before getting to the strips After that comes a profile of the editor information about the team that helped with the project and finally on the last page a compilation of correspondence with editorsFair enough Baby boomers were practically raised on nostalgia and lint from their own belly buttons so one can forgive six separate pieces on why you should be grateful for the opportunity to spent money to hold this here book in your handsBut what is far less forgivable are the little caricatures of Mr Chouette traveling around that have been inserted in the actual cartoons Originally the spaces were being held for R Crumb to draw his Mr Natural guy but R Crumb and Mr Natural both declined to get involved It would have been hilarious and slightly less of a non seuetor if they put drawings of Maxine from those greeting cards there instead but once again no one consulted me on how to make something awesomeSo in conclusion summing up netting this out anyways at the end of the day to bottom line this judging from the reverence that the six meta articles instruct us to show for these comics isn't this the moral euivalent of putting a moustache on the Mona Lisa? Or is a 40 year old story about wheedling art out of people exactly on par with 40 year old art itself?Now I'm too grumpy to write about the comics except to say that I uite liked a lot of themCome over to my house and borrow it so that you don't have to shell out 50 25 used to check this collection outI read a Comics Journal that went off on the coloring process in the book but I'm not knowledgeable enough to comment on that But if you are the sensitive artist type be forewarned

  6. says:

    An excellent anthology and a huge achievement by Michael Chouette and Abrams Comicarts These comics were shelved never to see the light of day for than 30 years The range of talents and breadth of imagination on display show what a tragedy it would have been if they had stayed out of our sight forever There are problems some strips don't hit or are weaker than others but the ones that do will stay with youIf you don't know Chouette travelled about in the early 70's getting all kinds of talent comic artists writers artists film directors to make short comics about their experience of the 60's He ran out of money to get them published and some great comic art and social commentary languished for decades Abrams finally printed this material last year and it is one hell of a ride If you like alternative comics and especially if you enjoy anthology comics that display a range of talent this one is for you Pick it up now while you can grab it at a reasonable price

  7. says:

    There was no way this book was going to live up to the hype but it was still enjoyable There are a lot of fairly pedestrian strips and definitely not the best work of a lot of established artists who seem to have phoned it in The other problem is a lot of the topics while familiar to the intended audience in the seventies don't uite resonate now Fortunately there are helpful annotations in the back that will make you go so THAT'S what that strip was about More fun to look at than read but still an interesting artifact

  8. says:

    What happens when you ask a bunch of cartoonists comic makers and writers to talk about the 1960s? This book happens This anthology suffers from a theme of weird recollections and too many flashbacks Most of the strips should have ran langer All my favorites were at least two pages or seemed to be something different than sharing memories Vaughn Bode's Vietnam soldiers got the 'tude dude The other works are like condensed versions of what you can find in Weirdo Zap and other anthologies where artists get space to explore a variety of different topics

  9. says:

    The original publisher who pulled out of this made the right decision All of these pages have a glaring hole where some sort of continuity hook was supposed to go and from an artistic standpoint this is unforgivable and irreparableIf you are a longtime comic reader you have read better stuff from Crumb and others about the 60s If you are not a comic reader I beg you to avoid this because it will make you hate comics

  10. says:

    Not a fair review because I worked on this book look for my name in the credits at the back of the bookbut still a great read and a must for any comic book fan or student of the '60's

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