An original graphic novel from the creator of Maakies and Sock Monkey.
Tony Millionaire, creator of Sock Monkey and one of America's most popular weekly comic strips, Maakies, delivers his first original graphic novel for Fantagraphics, Billy Hazelnuts. Billy Hazelnuts transmutes nursery rhymes and the golem myth into a storybook about Becky, girl scientist, her friend Billy Hazelnuts (who was created from cooking ingredients by tailless mice), and their journey to find the missing moon while battling an evil steam-driven alligator with a seeing-eye skunk.
Millionaire fuses the darker spirit of older fairy tales with an absurdist adventure story, throws gender politics into the mix, and brings it to life with his dementedly charming and meticulous drawing style that is utterly transporting. Billy Hazelnuts features all-new characters, a first for Millionaire after building a tremendous following for his Sock Monkey and Maakies characters, which is sure to delight existing fans as well as introduce an entirely new audience to his breathtaking line and imagination.
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||16 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Tony Millionaire lives in Pasadena, CA with his wife, the actress Becky Thyre, and their two daughters. He creates the award-winning weekly syndicated comic strip Maakies. His books include Billy Hazelnuts, Billy Hazelnuts and the Crazy Bird, Der Struwwelmaakies, Drinky Crow's Maakies Treasury, Maakies with the Wrinkled Knees, Mighty Mite the Ear Mite, Premillennial Maakies, Little Maakies on the Prairie, The House at Maakies Corner, When We Were Very Maakies, 500 Portraits, and the Sock Monkey series of comics and storybooks.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A golem, created by mice from garbage, befriends a young scientist in a fantastical world in this beautifully drawn graphic novel.The mice in Becky's kitchen, tired of being chased by the cat, create a being out of garbage with a head full of flies to act as their protector. Becky, a young scientist, discovers the creature, and replaces the flies with hazelnuts. Billy, as he comes to be known, becomes entranced by the moon, and runs off to find where it sets. In doing so, he attracts the wrath of Becky's would-be suitor, Eugene. The three travel and battle across their fantastic world, where planets collide, ships walk and mice build men out of garbage.The main selling point of this title is Millionaire's detailed black and white artwork, which is both fantastic and strange. The world of Billy Hazelnuts is like something out of a fever dream, but fully realized and magnificently rendered. The out and out weirdness and dark undertones of this book would turn off many casual readers, but those who like their comics with a literary flare will probably sing the praises of this for years to come.