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Comics & Graphic Novels Literary

World Record Holders

by (author) Guy Delisle

translated by Helge Dascher & Rob Aspinall

Publisher
Drawn & Quarterly
Initial publish date
Aug 2022
Category
Literary
Recommended Age
15 to 18
Recommended Grade
10 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781770465671
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $24.95

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Description

A funny and insightful retrospective collection from a celebrated cartoonist.
Universally beloved cartoonist Guy Delisle showcases a career-spanning collection of his work with a sly sense of humor and warm characterization. Before Delisle became an international superstar with his globe-hopping travelogues, he was an animator experimenting with the comics form. Always aware of the elasticity of the human form and honing his keen observer’s eye, young Delisle created hilarious set pieces.
World Record Holders ranges from wistful childhood nostalgia to chagrined post-fame encounters, touching on formally ambitious visual puns and gut-busting what-ifs. Delisle again and again shows how life is both exhilarating and embarrassing. Delisle visits an exhibition of his work in another country and is confronted by an angry spouse who blames him for destroying her marriage. A juvenile game of Bows and Arrows turns menacing as arrows shot straight up in the air turn into barely visible missiles of death. A coded message from space creates different reactions from different people—debates, dance festivals, gallery shows. Translated by Helge Dascher and Rob Aspinall.

About the authors

Guy Delisle's profile page

Helge Dascher has for 25 years translated texts with a dynamic relationship to images. A background in art history and literature has grounded her translation of over sixty graphic novels, many by artists who have broadened the medium's storytelling range. Her translations included acclaimed titles such as Julie Delporte's This Woman's Work (co-translated with Aleshia Jensen, Drawn and Quarterly, 2019), Sophie Bédard's Lonely Boys (co-translated with Robin Lang, Pow Pow Press, 2020) and Michel Rabagliati's "Paul" books (Drawn and Quarterly, Conundrum). She also translates exhibitions, digital stories, and films, most recently Theodor Ushev's The Physics of Sorrow (with Karen Houle, NFB, 2019). A Montrealer, she works from French and German to English.

Helge Dascher's profile page

Rob Aspinall's profile page

Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest modern cartoonists.

The Guardian

Delisle, a former animator, has a knack for visual shorthand…and for drawing environments.

New York Times

A must-have for Delisle fans.

Publishers Weekly

Guy Delisle is the real thing: a skilled and wryly funny cartoonist [with an] acute sense of timing.

NPR

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