One Dirty Tree
One Dirty Tree
By Noah Van Sciver. Published by Uncivilized Books.
Hardcover, 120 pages, Colour, 2018.
Noah Van Sciver is haunted by the house at 133 ____ Street, or as his brothers rechristened it One Dirty Tree. This sprawling dilapidated New Jersey house was his first home and the site of formative experiences. Growing up in a big, poor, Mormon family—surrounded by comic-books, eight siblings, bathtubs full of dirty dishes—Noah’s childhood exerts a powerful force on his present day relationship. Drawn in his inimitable style, written with wry wit and humor, One Dirty Tree is another reason why Noah Van Sciver is one of the best cartoonist of his generation.
Noah Van Sciver is an Ignatz award-winning cartoonist who first came to comic readers’ attention with his critically acclaimed comic book series Blammo. His work has appeared in Spongebob comics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Best American Comics, as well as countless graphic anthologies. Van Sciver is a regular contributor to MAD Magazine and has created five graphic novels including The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln, Saint Cole and the Fante Bukowski: Struggling Writer graphic novella series for Fantagraphics books.
Association for Mormon Letters Awards | Best Graphic Novel
INDIES Awards | Finalist
"Van Sciver also powerfully illustrates the scars raked across an adult life by a chaotic upbringing." — Publishers Weekly
"Van Sciver’s imagery has an uncanny, if deceptively casual, ability to communicate the seems-like-forever stretches of his anxiety and hunger in early adolescence." — Denver Post
"A quote by Aristotle begins the book: “Give me a child until he is 7 and I will show you the man.” Honestly and artistically, One Dirty Tree demonstrates the truth of that aphorism." — Foreword Reviews
"An autobiographical triumph! I personally believe Noah will come to be regarded as one of the 21st Century's great North American 'cartoonists' and I for one will be able to say I was there laughing at him, I mean lauding him, right from the start!" — Page 45