Columbia [has] breathtaking follow-through, that extra, otherworldly quality that makes cartoonists stare at original Pim and Francie pages and wonder how the hell they're done. -- Tom Spurgeon
[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
It's as though a team of expert [animation] craftsmen became trapped in their office sometime during the Depression and were forgotten about for decades, reduced to inbreeding, feeding on their own dead, and making human sacrifices to the mimeograph machine, and when the authorities finally stumbled across their charnel-house lair, this stuff is what they were working on in the darkness. --Sean T. Collins"
As disjointed and narratively frustrating as Pim & Francie can be at times, it remains a stunning and haunting work that preys on your mind long after you've finished it. ... The sheer level of craftsmanship and imagination on display makes this a book well worth reading for those who can bear its mordant message. --Chris Mautner"
[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"
As Orson Welles and Terry Gilliam have film adaptations of Don Quixote as their great incomplete masterworks; Al Columbia has Pim and Francie. A work over 15 years in the making, and never now likely to be finished', the pieces of it have been assembled as Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days. --Marc Arsenault"
Reading Pim & Francie is an apocalyptic experience as if Columbia is demolishing both his own work and the idea of 'cartooning' in general. I found it exhilarating and terrifying. --Dan Nadel"
Successful art engenders powerful emotion in its observers. How do I know that Al Columbia's Pim & Francie is an amazing work of art? Because it seriously made me feel ill. Uncomfortable. It made me question my sense of aesthetics; played havoc with my expectations. It's unquestionably an amazing book. ... Rating: 8/10. --Jeremy Nisen"
With this book, Al Columbia has created not only one of the more unsettling works of horror in the medium of comics, but it also happens to be one of the greatest myth-making objects... No one is saved in Columbia's world. --Christopher Allen"
The book's spine calls its contents 'artifacts and bone fragments, ' as if they're what's left for a forensic scientist to identify after a brutal murderer has had his way with them But they're also showcases for Columbia's self-frustrating mastery: his absolute command of the idiom of lush, old-fashioned cartooning, and the unshakable eeriness of his visions of horror. "
Columbia's book is positively festooned with frightening moments and tableaux... Any single upsetting image is a rosette on a much more ambitious and awesome-to-behold cake. Al Columbia... can haunt my nightmares for three days as an aside. --Tom Spurgeon"
[A] collection of what 'might have been'... It's the sort of thing that will frustrate some, but it does offer an elliptical, sideways path into Columbia's world, which perhaps makes the journey all that more frightening. --Chris Mautner1010"
#33, Top 100 Comics of 2009: A totally creepy homage to the ink blot stylings of the early animation era, the book works as part horror comic, part abstract tour de force, part satire and all face melter, cementing Columbia's place as one of the most unique and mysterious voices in comics. --Kiel Phegley"
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"
More a collection of images than a narrative, it's still something new from one of the most enigmatic and most influential cartoonists of the past 20 years. It's a bit like peeking at J. D. Salinger's notebooks, if his notebooks were pure nightmare fuel. --Joe Gross"
Columbia has a flair for the grotesque, which, when mixed with such cute cartooniness reminiscent of old-school Disney, makes for an especially creepy juxtaposition. ... It's a cascade of horror, page after page of mostly-unfinished nastiness, enough to stick in the mind and cause nightmares for weeks. --Matthew J. Brady"
One hell of a messed-up book. ... This isn't quite a collection of stories: it's a collection of Columbia's rough and finished materials... that keeps veering toward storyhood, then jerking the steering wheel and plunging over the nearest cliff. --Douglas Wolk, author of the Eisner Award-winning Reading Comics"
[F]ascinating, especially for connoisseurs of pure cartooning.
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 ""Top 11 of 2009" ""
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"
Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Day--Brian Heater
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
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
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
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
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+.
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 ""Top 11 of 2009" "
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
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 ""Yearlong Best of the Year" "
Originally published in 2010, Pim & Francie is a cult classic and the only collection of Al Columbia's work to be published. Collecting more than a decade's worth of comic strips, animation stills, storybook covers, and much more, this broken jigsaw puzzle of a book tells the story of a pair of childlike imps whose antics get them into horrific, fantastic trouble. Columbia's brilliant, fairy-tale-like backdrops hint at dread lurking under every gingerbread house and behind every sunny afternoon, all told with a wicked sense of humor.
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Buchbeschreibung Fantagraphics Jan 2010, 2010. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 210x204x26 mm. Neuware - Nominated for two 2010 Ignatz Awards (Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Graphic Novel): Al Columbia's lavishly produced portal into the fantastic and frightful world of Pim & Francie. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781606993040