Skyscrapers of the Midwest (2020)

Skyscrapers of the Midwest Joshua W. Cotter Skyscrapers of the Midwest Observing the isolated existence of an adolescent cat his younger brother and their overactive imaginations in the American Heartland Skyscrapers of the Midwest serves as an intimate chronicle of th
  • Title: Skyscrapers of the Midwest
  • Author: Joshua W. Cotter
  • ISBN: 9780977030477
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
Skyscrapers of the Midwest Joshua W. Cotter Observing the isolated existence of an adolescent cat, his younger brother and their overactive imaginations in the American Heartland, Skyscrapers of the Midwest serves as an intimate chronicle of their stories of childhood hope, panic, and loss Filled with belligerent cowboys, lumbering automaton deities, and wide open spaces, this comic gives voice to a highly respecteObserving the isolated existence of an adolescent cat, his younger brother and their overactive imaginations in the American Heartland, Skyscrapers of the Midwest serves as an intimate chronicle of their stories of childhood hope, panic, and loss Filled with belligerent cowboys, lumbering automaton deities, and wide open spaces, this comic gives voice to a highly respected new creator in the field of sequential literature.
Skyscrapers of the Midwest Joshua W. Cotter

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  1. David Schaafsma

    This work is in the vein of R Crumb and Chris Ware, told by a younger artist, not done as well but who can match those two comics greats It s almost an homage to them The work has nothing to do with skyscrapers but plenty to do with the midwestern Bible belt white bread coming of age life of a high school nerd loser Miserable growing up stories of bullying, church, sci fi robot escapist fantasy, interspersed with very funny ads for things like Fun cigarettes for kids, as Crumb and Ware would als [...]

  2. Erik Erickson

    Unfortunately the subject matter deals almost entirely with bleak and cruel acts and characters I don t want to marginalize whatever elements of the story are autobiographical, but Cotter s personas and relationships aren t particularly complex or interesting overly religious people are bad this guy beats his girlfriend and she still loves him kids can be cruel There s just not much of the nuance of real life reflected everyone is an extreme version of some stereotype.The art is not bad, althoug [...]

  3. Never

    The art is nice enough, but heavy handed satire, especially anti christian satire, gets really old for me really fast We get it, you re not a christian It seems an especially juvenile approach after reading Kevin Huizenga s really fascinating piece involving christian non christian interaction in Curses.

  4. MariNaomi

    Haunting, sweet and creepy Parts of it made me laugh out loud, and much of it kept me thinking Also, I could get lost in the art

  5. Batmark

    thansuperhumans.cAlthough everyone in the book is portrayed by an anthropomorphic cat, Skyscrapers of the Midwest is clearly an autobiographical story Standing in for the author is an unpopular, nameless fifth grader who loves robots and comic books The first sequence sets the tone for the rest of the book Waiting to be picked for a kickball team in the schoolyard, he ends up not being picked at all because the teams are already even and none of the other boys want him on their team anyway So he [...]

  6. Jeff

    The first 1 3 of the book left me with the impression that this was just a series of weird and wacky tales, with only a few having to do with each other But actually Joshua Cotter in fact has no random stories or wasted space at all in here Its quite thought provoking, and builds on itself with determined purpose I had said in a previous version of this review that Joshua Cotter and this book was similar in style to Tony Millionaire the author of Billy Hazelnuts, Uncle Gabby, Sock Monkey, et cet [...]

  7. Chezzie

    I didn t like this book But then again I don t really get the point of it There were loose themes to things but i didn t pick up on a storyline, and I didn t like the themes Violence, abuse, bullying, anti Christianity, imaginary friends, middle school, brotherhood Women characters slobbering with admiration towards male characters that beat them with no point to why this is being shown What the fuck Oh and the writing is often just Swearing What s the point I wouldn t want to meet the guy who d [...]

  8. Barry

    This book started off harmlessly enough, but I was captivated by the time I finished it Cotter does a phenomenal job of evoking the relationship between two brothers The specter of death haunts much of the book a grandmother s death that seems to infuse everything with sadness The ending here is breathtaking Great stuff.

  9. David Schwan

    OK, A bit too weird for me Some fleeting hints of those skyscrapers I have spent plenty of time out on the plains of the Midwest to know what they are.We get a fair amount of robots running amuck with a hint that said robots are alien in origin.There is a rubber T rex that weaves in and out of the plot.In between sections we have a whiny conservative writing an advice column.On the plus side graphics are nice.

  10. Brenna

    The most important aspect of Skyscrapers of the Midwest is the eminent re readability of the books, as well as the myriad interpretations which the content both invites and entices Too, there is not asingle wasted panel or image to be found amongst these pages Seeing the inter connectedness of these books makes them unique in their own sense they are readily accessible to new readers at either issue, though best understood by those who have followed the previous book Veritably filled with desola [...]

  11. Jason

    i m re reading this very closely as i m right in the middle of the section in my thesis that deals with this bookd what an amazing piece of work it isuly high modernist brillianceevery minute aspect of this text is rich with meaning and significance s so hard for me to believe someone as young as Cotter could be capable of such a mature and unbelievably well crafted narrativee universality of his themes cannot fail to touch practically everyone who reads this bookwhat person hasn t felt keenly t [...]

  12. Andrew

    Cotter s Skyscrapers is not without its charms it s a nice stew of cute, sad, and surreal, with robot hobos, robot kitten angels, and all protagonists rendered in a stylized, Fritzlike cat people manner Cotter s style is scratchy and moody in a way that casts a funky, nostalgic melancholy over his stories of the epic tragedy that is childhood Unfortunately, however, this often tips over into unchecked miserablism ultimately feels showy and unearned in spite of its chunky girth, the entire book f [...]

  13. Sean

    Overall I thought this book was a little scatterbrained I didn t know necessarily what Cotter was trying to say with this story, and some of the symbolism was totally lost on me I can sympathize with him because I was a fat kid myself, but all I felt leaving this book was sorry and unsure about Cotter Some of the satire in the book is brilliant, but it s mostly below the surface and you have to read some of the fine print literally to find it The sarcasm and satire present in the panels themselv [...]

  14. John Wiswell

    Perhaps well meaning but too cynical a book to fly with me This reads like an amateurish reaction to Perry Bible Fellowship but while it s just as defeatist and mean spirited, it s nowhere as clever Instead the point of the joke, over and over again, is that the result is sad or underwhelming Instead of riffs on internet fights or theology, it s just how crappy being a kid is The opening story about a kid getting superpowers to repel a robot is so obviously going to be that kid s fantasy, and wh [...]

  15. Deb

    This collection of comics was verrrry odd Giant flys who land and suck your soul away, no explanation given, and robot hobos Being uncool in school and the beatings that follow Losing a favorite stuffed animal and the random paths it takes en route back to the original owner I only ended up finishing this book because I was stuck on the bus, 30 minutes from home, and had run out of reading material Comics based on everyday life don t grab my interest very much, but I recognized that the material [...]

  16. Heep

    This may be first graphic novel that I put down without finishing, although I did thumb through the last three fourths The art is fine The story and tone are tired This has been done before the youth angst etc It aspires to be honest and give an unvarnished picture, but one wonders how much time must one expend on the dreary and the down, especially when the author really isn t offering anything that is really new or particularly innovative I dealt this kind of stuff when I was that age, or saw [...]

  17. Bill

    There s a lot going on here, most of which defies conventional description sometimes it s dark comedy, sometimes it s intensely uncomfortable tales of adolescence, and sometimes it s just really, really odd It wasn t unusual to laugh out loud one page, nearly cry the next, and be intensely creeped out on the third Definitely a reading experience that ll stick with me a while, even if I don t think I got it all I need to read this again sometime I look forward to reading this again sometime I dre [...]

  18. Scott

    There are cats, foul mouthed cowboys, robot gods, robot cats, and It s a coming of age story, but it allows its downtrodden characters to escape into fantasy They aren t infinitely sad, or ready to commit suicide, they don t even contemplate it Instead, if something bad happens to the characters, they try to find a silver lining, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn t Sometimes this book is far bizarre than real life, but not completely.

  19. Printable Tire

    At first I wasn t sure I d like the combination of cute drawings coupled with horrible situations, but Cotter depicts so accurately the humiliation and injustices of childhood that in a weird way his style works awesomely And I appreciate that it ends on sort of a positive note although, as Orson Welles notes in a quote found in the appendix of the book, if you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

  20. Matt

    Straight up brutally honest tales of childhood woe, etc in the midwest or the middle anywhere country really done very right Great illustration and well thought out symbolic mixtures Crossing the childhood fascinations of our toys with religious imagery is quite the potent statement and yet it s done with a quiet shame, naivet , and isolation Nice work indeed even in it s heartbreak If you were a nerd like me, chances are this one will reopen the hurt a little.

  21. Nick

    Strange graphical novel but it s engrossing at the same time Well worth a read if you can t think of anything else you d rather want to read at the time.I d buy this book, but I m not sure how much I d reread this one It s beautiful and haunting at the same time, a requirement for all truly great books in my view.

  22. Will

    I d rate this with 3.5 stars if possible It s really clever, and dark and universal in a suffering American boy kind of way The sureal moments were the highlights for me However there were many panels in this that I could not decipher the drawings I didn t like that The migraine insect was really cool, though.

  23. Lisa

    I liked the artwork but the first 30 or so pages were just too brutal for me to keep reading this book The part that I read, at least, is not too violent or gory or anything just tremendously cruel in realistic ways that were beyond cringe worthy to me.

  24. Jacob Dougherty

    A somewhat strange but very enjoyable look at life growing up in the midwest The author imagines himself and his family friends as cats and surrounds himself with robot gods Yet another modern graphic novel that pushes the medium forward I agree with Warren Ellis s review This is one fucked up book.

  25. Jace

    AMAZING.Skyscrapers of the Midwest is nostalgic, sentimental, and insightful without feeling cliche or overwrought Everything that Blankets should have been, but wasn t This book is a must read for anyone who ever lived in the country or the city, owned a He Man action figure, or lost a loved one Or anyone who has ever been a child.

  26. Lars Guthrie

    Freakishly weird and poignantly touching at the same time Maybe it s about the resiliency and courage one can draw from innocence and naivete in the face of common and everyday cruelty it certainly is a demonstration of the power of the medium of the graphic novel I ll never look at a kid playing with an action figure the same way again Highly recommended.

  27. Jennifer

    I am not done yet but this is good, sad but good Well drawn, heart wrenching kid who does not fit in stuff The author does a series of vignettes that tie together into one complete narrative Excellent fake adds and advice sections round this out.

  28. Jessietea

    I had to read this for a graphic novel course I was taking at the University of Toronto It was a great read, but without the background information taught by our professor, it would lack significant meaning Nonetheless, still enjoyable.

  29. Richard

    It took me a little while to get into this book At first it seemed like there was a lot of pointless asides and Chris Ware style noodling, but pretty soon it starts coming together in an impressive way.

  30. Matt

    This is an amazing example of what comics can do Cotter pours emotion into every line of th illustrations His use of symbols and metaphors ranks with any of the well known and popular comics artists around This is a serious work, and a treasure.

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