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Review: Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

It’s Tuesday which means it’s new comic book day at book stores! This week we’ve got Andy Kaufman?!

Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman is by Box Brown.

Get your copy. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

The Beat – The Top 20 Graphic Novels of 2017 Prove Diversity in Comics is Alive and Well and Selling a Lot – Nothing to add *mic drop*

Newsarama – Lee Weeks Joining Tom King on Batman Title For a Mr. Freeze Arc – This should be a solid combo.

Comic Book – ‘Shazam!’: Grace Fulton Confirmed for Mary Marvel – Interesting…

 

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Review: Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Growing up as a child of 1980s, I am old enough to remember shows like MASH and Barney Miller. As I get a little misty-eyed thinking about those times, not only the people in my life, but how these shows shaped me and particularly, my sense of humor. I don’t think I would understand the joy of pulling pranks if it was not for Alan Alda’s Hawkeye in MASH. I would never understand sarcasm if was not Mark Linn-Baker’s cousin Larry in Perfect Strangers.

As these shows not only elevated what we thought comedy was supposed to be and into several different iterations of what it is now. Another show that came during that era, was TAXI. Like anybody who grew up during that era, that theme song plays in your head like a gentle breeze, a years later, it still leaves the viewer at ease. One of the stars that came out of that show, is Andy Kaufman, an indelible genius whose life was cut too short.

We meet Andy, as a child growing up in Long Island, New York, who loved television and from that, create his own characters, and much like the rest of us, shaped his sense of humor. He reader gets a purview of his many obsessions, from wrestling, to Elvis, to finally, comedy. In a stroke of genius, he combines all three and becomes the person who the world loves then and still now. By book’s end, we do find out how he dies but how many people he touched.

Overall, an excellent book, which reminds me so much of how much of a virtuoso Kaufman truly was. Kaufman’s story as told by Box Brown is told in the spirit of Kaufman. The art by Brown is always vibrant. Altogether, if you are of this era and a fan of comedy in general, this book is a must buy.

Story: Box Brown Art: Box Brown
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Feb. 13 – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman Book Release Party with Box Brown

Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman’s resume was impressive—a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly successful stint in professional wrestling.

Although he was by all accounts a sensitive and thoughtful person, he’s ironically best remembered for his various contemptible personas, which were so committed and so convincing that all but his closest family and friends were completely taken in.

Why would someone so gentle-natured and sensitive build an entire career seeking the hatred of his audience? What drives a performer to solicit that reaction? With the same nuance and sympathy with which he approached Andre the Giant in his 2014 biography, graphic novelist Box Brown takes on the complex and often hilarious life of Andy Kaufman in Is This Guy For Real?.

Join Box Brown on February 13 for a special book release party and author talk at Floating World.

WHO: Box Brown
WHAT: Is This Guy For Real? book release party with Box Brown
WHEN: Tuesday Feb. 13, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

 

Advance Review: Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Growing up as a child of 1980s, I am old enough to remember shows like MASH and Barney Miller. As I get a little misty-eyed thinking about those times, not only the people in my life, but how these shows shaped me and particularly, my sense of humor. I don’t think I would understand the joy of pulling pranks if it was not for Alan Alda’s Hawkeye in MASH. I would never understand sarcasm if was not Mark Linn-Baker’s cousin Larry in Perfect Strangers.

As these shows not only elevated what we thought comedy was supposed to be and into several different iterations of what it is now. Another show that came during that era, was TAXI. Like anybody who grew up during that era, that theme song plays in your head like a gentle breeze, a years later, it still leaves the viewer at ease. One of the stars that came out of that show, is Andy Kaufman, an indelible genius whose life was cut too short.

We meet Andy, as a child growing up in Long Island, New York, who loved television and from that, create his own characters, and much like the rest of us, shaped his sense of humor. He reader gets a purview of his many obsessions, from wrestling, to Elvis, to finally, comedy. In a stroke of genius, he combines all three and becomes the person who the world loves then and still now. By book’s end, we do find out how he dies but how many people he touched.

Overall, an excellent book, which reminds me so much of how much of a virtuoso Kaufman truly was. Kaufman’s story as told by Brown is told in the spirit of Kaufman. The art by Brown is always vibrant. Altogether, if you are of this era and of comedy in general, this book is a must buy.

Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman is out February 6, 2018. You can pre-order it now.

Story: Box Brown Art: Box Brown
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

First Second provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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