Pim & Francie: "The Golden Bear Days"

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9781606993040: Pim & Francie: "The Golden Bear Days"

Reprints the cult horror classic―the only collection of the acclaimed cartoonist Columbia’s work to be published.

Collecting more than a decade’s worth of excavations, comic strips, animation stills, storybook covers, and much more, this broken jigsaw puzzle of a graphic novel tells the story of Pim & Francie ― childlike male and female imps ― whose irresponsible antics get them into horrific, fantastic trouble. The brilliant, fairy tale-like backdrops hint at further layers of reality lurking under every gingerbread house or behind every sunny afternoon. Their loosely defined relationship only contributes to the existential fear that lingers underneath the various perils they are subjected to, which are threaded together by text and notes by the artist. 240 b&w illustrations

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About the Author:

Al Columbia is a "cult" comics figure, whose work has appeared in several Fantagraphics anthologies and series. Columbia’s work has also been published in Smoke Signals, The Best American Comics, and Juxtapoz magazine. He lives in Connecticut.

Review:

“[F]ascinating, especially for connoisseurs of pure cartooning.”
- Booklist

“The twisted narratives and characters are presented so deftly―with such humor and visual panache―that their wrongness becomes right; and thus is the singular charm of Al Columbia.”
- Molly Young, We Love You So

“Capable of rendering tight, stark, shudder-inducing figures, the horror-themed work of Al Columbia is some of the most ravenously fan awaited in the indie scene...disarmingly comfortable and sinister.”
- Rachel Molino, Wizard

“A lavishly produced portal into the fantastic and frightful world of Pim & Francie. This gorgeous grimoire is part alchemy, part art book, part storybook, part comic book, and part conceptual art from the pen of Al Columbia, a longtime fan favorite contributor to comics anthologies like Zero Zero, Blab!, and, more recently, MOME....Never have such colorful, imaginative vistas instilled such an atmosphere of dread, and with such a wicked sense of humor.”
- Graphic Novel Reporter

“Al decided to dredge up old ghosts, unfinished pieces, trifles he had thrown away then reconsidered and offered them up to us as proof that he hasn’t forgotten us. This 240-page book has certainly filled in some gaps for me as to what goes on in Columbia’s mind... There seems to be something both amazing and horrifying around every corner, in any dark space, in the thick of the forest, in the bulbous eyes of maniacal creatures and the straight realistic lines of buildings that all have a dark window somewhere... It is truly a viscous treat and I am sure this one will never wash off.”
- Rachael M. Rollson, Panel to Panel

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days is a downright sadistic journey through the lives of its titular characters... The book succeeds rather well as both an introduction to the artist’s work and as a standalone art book. It’s simultaneously lush and sparse and terrifying and wonderful.”
- Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

“[T]here’s one reason why Pim & Francie pulls off the unlikely feat of being more than the sum of its fragmented, disconnected, half-inked parts: it’s terrifying. ... The book... hangs in your head long after you close your eyes.”
- Martyn Pedler, Bookslut

“There are no explanations here, and few conventional payoffs ― just images designed to remind readers what it was like to be a panicked, paranoid child, convinced that every nighttime shadow contained a beast more menacing and repulsive than any grown-up could conceive. [Grade] B+.”
- The Onion A.V. Club

“These distressed, distressing comics and illustrations repeat and escalate like a stuck record or never waking from a recurring nightmare.”
- Paul Gravett

“Gorgeously reproduced ― rough pencil marks, taped edges, discolorations, and all ― this might be the sweetest thing to stare at, dumbly, in my whole library.”
- Mario Z. Alipio, The Truth About Comics

“It’s possible to piece together narratives from the fragments here, the way you might reconstruct a crime scene from bits of evidence, or a nightmare from fading details. These stories may even be all the more potent for having to be inferred, like the phantasms we imagine when we listen to horror stories on the radio.”
- Tim Kreider, The Comics Journal

“This is visceral, elemental terror that generally festers below ― or alongside invisibly ― human reckoning. ... Frontwards, backways, sneak-a-peek sideways, it all packs a monumentally disturbing wallop.”
- Rich Kreiner, The Comics Journal

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