By Richard McGuire. Published by Hamish Hamilton.
Hardcover, 304 pages, Colour, 2014.
Here is Richard McGuire's unique graphic novel based on the legendary 1989 comic strip of the same name.
Richard McGuire's groundbreaking comic strip Here was published under Art Spiegelman's editorship at RAW in 1989.
Built in six pages of interlocking panels, dated by year, it collapsed time and space to tell the story of the corner of a room - and its inhabitants - between the years 500,957,406,073 BC and 2033 AD.
The strip remains one of the most influential and widely discussed contributions to the medium, and it has now been developed, expanded and reimagined by the artist into this full-length, full-colour graphic novel - a must for any fan of the genre.
'From now on, McGuire will be known as the author of the novel Here, because it's a work of literature and art unlike any seen or read before. A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century' Chris Ware, Guardian
'Promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre' New York Times
Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. He has written and illustrated both children's books and experimental comics. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Le Monde and Libération. He has written and directed two omnibus feature films, designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and is also the founder and bass player of the band Liquid Liquid.
From now on, McGuire will be known as the author of the novel Here, because it's a work of literature and art unlike any seen or read before. A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century
Chris Ware, Guardian
Promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre
Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times
Exquisitely drawn . . . dizzying. To hold it is to covet it
Rachel Cooke, Observer
All comics are somehow sheet music of time, but Richard's book is a symphony. I can't think of too many works that totally justify the odd share of attention comics have gotten in recent years, but this is one of them.
A meditation on "impermanence" . . . emotionally compelling yet unsettling
A gorgeous symphony
Beautiful, mesmerizing, a dazzling experiment in form . . . both bleak and vivid and more a work of art than a comic book
The concept is stunningly simple, and in laying bare the universality of existence - its beauty, ugliness, and mundanity - it is utterly moving
McGuire adds lavish color and some plot, but he preserves the captivating, uncanny sense of love, anger and tragedy flying across the centuries while staying in one place.
One of the most engaging graphic novel experiments in book form I've ever seen
Los Angeles Times