Approximate Continuum Comics by Lewis Trondheim

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The groundbreaking Trondheim autobio graphic novel: finally collected and released in English.

One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s life. Trondheim’s typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying to maintain his rising career as one of Europe’s most beloved cartoonists.

Approximate Continuum finally brings American readers the first portion of the “Trondheim autobio trilogy” that also comprises the Eisner nominated “At Loose Ends” meditation serialized in Mome (which will be released as a graphic novel in 2012) and the ongoing “Little Nothings” series of short slice-of-life stories (three to date from NBM Publishing).

This volume contains the first three chapters serialized in the Nimrod comic book, the last three (never-before-translated) chapters, and a hilarious “rebuttal” section in which Trondheim’s family and cartoonist friends (including Epileptic creator David B. and Trondheim’s mom) dispute (or ruefully agree with) Trondheim’s depictions. 160 pages of black-and-white and color comics

About Lewis Trondheim

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Lewis Trondheim (one of the co-founders of the comics collective L'Association) lives and works in Montpellier, France. He won the career-spanning Angoulême International Comics Festival Grand Prize in 2006.
Published June 15, 2011 by Fantagraphics. 160 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Trondheim's seminal autobiographical comic series, collected in one volume, is daring, wildly ingenious, paradigm-defining stuff. The dry humor evokes both Ghost World and Woody Allen at his best, in

May 16 2011 | Read Full Review of Approximate Continuum Comics

Graphic Novel Reporter

If you're not yet familiar with the comics of Lewis Trondheim, you probably should be.

Oct 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Approximate Continuum Comics

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