Here

Here

Book - 2014
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"Richard McGuire's Here is the story of a corner of a room and the events that happened in that space while moving forward and backward in time. The book experiments with formal properties of comics, using multiple panels to convey the different moments in time. Hundreds of thousands of years become interwoven. A dinosaur from 100,000,000 BCE lumbers by, while a child is playing with a plastic toy that resembles the same dinosaur in the year 1999. Conversations appear to be happening between two people who are centuries apart. Someone asking, "Anyone seen my car keys?" can be "answered" by someone at a future archeology dig. Cycles of glaciers transform into marshes, then into forests, then into farmland. A city develops and grows into a suburban sprawl. Future climate changes cause the land to submerge, if only temporarily, for the long view reveals the transient nature of all things. Meanwhile, the attention is focused on the most ordinary moments and appreciating them as the most transcendent"--
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9780375406508
0375406506
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,24 cm

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mclarjh
Jun 08, 2017

Very interesting idea, but unsuccessful. No characters, or story.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

Here is a wonderful concept. This is a story about place. Throughout its 300 pages, the setting is a living room, from 3 billion years in the past, to 20,000 years in the future. Perhaps this isn't so much a story of place as it is about time. Time is the primary character here. Jumping back and forth in time erratically, each page highlights a specific year with many insets of what that same space looked like ten years earlier, 10,000 years earlier, thirty years in the future, and so on. Sparse in text, Here captures the mundane moments that make up our lives.

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SiempreSara
Mar 22, 2016

Such a cool concept...it will make you think about your house and the spaces where you live in a different way. There is no narrative, but you can spend quite a while looking at each page spread, sorting out what's going on and comparing with previous pages.

If you're ready for a type of narrative that's very different from a single linear sequence, "Here" is the graphic novel for you. Using multiple frames on each two page spread, McGuire sketches a handful a stories that share a common location. Recommended by Eric

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Persnickety77
Jan 30, 2016

Just an absolutely gorgeous and intricate piece of artwork. Great concept well done!

Chapel_Hill_StephenA Jul 07, 2015

This is a totally captivating and imaginative work. "Graphic novel" is a bit of a misnomer here. This is more of an art book than anything else. If you go into this expecting a traditional story, you'll be disappointed. That said, the lack of a traditional story is one of the things that makes this great. The entire book is set in one space from the same angle from prehistory to thousands of years into the future. Each page has different years stitched together to create a sort of nontraditional comic book "panel" effect. While there are vague hints of a story, Here calls on the reader to pull things together and draw their own conclusions. For as bizarre as some of the pages are (though each could stand alone hung in a museum), the themes are universal. The art style itself is a unique mishmash of midcentury and sketchy and it works nicely. I will say, reading this is an entirely subjective experience, and you'll get as much out of it as you're willing to put in, so this may not be as universally loved as I'm implying it should be, but I think this is an experience not to be missed.

KateHillier Jul 07, 2015

Never seen this done before. Here we have the history of a place being told via images but it's a history of a particular room, and I'm talking history as far back as the beginning of time and up until the far future. You see it when it's field, you see it after the house is gone, and each storyline/timeline is in conversation with the rest. You can try and read only the panels set in the same timeframe but it really is better to read the book and parse through each timeline as it comes along. It's really very, very novel and there's a lot to said about how your timeline fits in history as a whole no matter how inconsequential it may seem.

Bhulsey Jun 06, 2015

This book floored me. It's an amazing experience on every level--artistic, narrative, cosmic. It resonates on every page. It only took a half hour or so to read but it's something I'll remember for a long time.

mallc Apr 29, 2015

Beautiful

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stephaniedchase
Mar 23, 2015

Fantastic in concept, less enthralling in execution.

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