The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell

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Campbell's sketches have a surreal, scruffy elegance, and are spun together with photos, newspaper reports and bubblegum cards in a quirky, vibrant graphic novel.
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Money makes the world go round, as they say... but HOW, exactly? Award-winning graphic novelist Eddie Campbell (From Hell, Alec) presents a fascinating journey into the wilderness of personal finance. With his trademark blend of research, anecdote, autobiography, and fantasy, Campbell explores how money underwrites human relationships, flowing all around us like the air we breathe — or the water we drown in. The result is a whimsical graphic essay, deeply grounded in Eddie's personal experiences with "the lovely horrible stuff," ranging from the imaginary wealth of Ponzi schemes and television pilots to the all-too-tangible stone currency of the Micronesian island of Yap. In a world where drawing corporate superheroes requires literally transforming oneself into a corporation (which is kept in a shoebox under the bed), we are in strange territory, indeed. Fortunately, Campbell's wry eye and vivid full-color artwork imbue the proceedings with real humanity, making The Lovely Horrible Stuff an investment that's worth every penny.
 

About Eddie Campbell

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Eddie Campbell was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has a bachelor's degree from USC Annenberg School of Communication and USC School of Cinema-Television. His background is in art direction for both TV and film, creative direction, and graphic design.
 
Published June 27, 2012 by Top Shelf Productions. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Smart on Jul 17 2012

Campbell's sketches have a surreal, scruffy elegance, and are spun together with photos, newspaper reports and bubblegum cards in a quirky, vibrant graphic novel.

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