Crawl Space by Jesse JacobsCrawl Space by Jesse Jacobs

Crawl Space

byJesse Jacobs

Paper over Board | May 26, 2017

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In the basement, through the appliances and past the veil that separates realities, lies a rainbow-hued world where a group of kids have found retreat from their suburban mundanity with a coterie of iridescent creatures. But in the fraught realm of adolescence, can friendship survive the appeal of the surreal?Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, NB, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, ON. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles, and his work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology s!, as well as the 2012 edition The Best American Comics edited by Francoise Mouly and published Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture, Safari Honeymoon in 2014.
Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were short listed at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (A...
Title:Crawl SpaceFormat:Paper over BoardDimensions:96 pages, 9 × 6.5 × 0.54 inPublished:May 26, 2017Publisher:Koyama PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927668417

ISBN - 13:9781927668412

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Editorial Reviews

Jacobs does a great job in walking the line between a emotionally realistic teenage drama and an abstract cautionary fable about the different things people want out of life." - John Seven, The Comics Beat "A major part of the joy of reading comics is being pulled into the unique perspective of a singular artist, and Jesse Jacobs' Crawl Space is a stunning example." - Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club "It might freak you out and make you sad, but Crawl Space is a compelling example of the medium at its best." - Mike Donachie, The Toronto Star "[Jacobs] brings his intricate visuals and surrealist bent to the story of a basement housing a rainbow-hued world." - Zainab Akhtar, The Guardian " Crawl Space's cover is a rainbow-color explosion - a geometric face on the cover with a screaming mouth and an eye in its forehead. Filled with colorful detail, it looks like the cover of some forgotten psychedelic record album." - Robert Boyd, The Comics Journal " Crawl Space conjures up deep questions all while being subtle and beautifully illustrated." - Mya Nunnally, ComicsVerse "A talking teapot that seems to be the spirit guide of the narrative - a character part Beauty and the Beast, part acid-induced vision - best encapsulates Jacobs' distinctive retro sensibility." - Madeleine Morley, AIGA Eye on Design "Pick this one up if you're in one of those moods where you're goal is to FEEL DIFFERENT after you've read a comic." - Shannon Bohne, Queen Mob's Tea House "Add the colors of the Wachowskis' Speed Racer to the plot of The Matrix, and you have a version of Jesse Jacobs' Crawl Space ." - Ben Boruff, Comic Bastards "I would recommend this graphic novel to both young adults and adults alike, especially if they want to enjoy a bit of mind-bending escapism." - Teresa Iaizzo, CM: Canadian Review of Materials "Jesse Jacobs has created a masterpiece with a book reminiscent of Edwin Abbott's Flatland but offering so much more. Its vibrant and psychedelic imagery is itself evocative of the higher planes, itself a doorway, of sorts, to other worlds." - Gregory L. Reece, PopMatters " By This Shall You Know Him, Safari Honeymoon and now Crawl Space are each stories of Edens squandered by human consumption, and the way nature strikes back. They're paradise-lost narratives for the climate change era, albeit leavened by whimsy and body humour." - JM Francheteau, Broken Pencil "Part adolescent coming-of-age story and part abstract, surreal extravaganza, Crawl Space is a multi-layered visual triumph that rewards constant and dedicated re-visitation." - Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier "The challenges of adolescence are interpreted through Jacobs' surreal sensibility, and he has an insightful, bittersweet perspective of teenage solitude and embracing what sets you apart rather than trying to fit in. This message is inspiring but it's also a little sad, acknowledging the inevitable loneliness of an isolated life." - Oliver Sava, The A.V. Club "[Jesse Jacobs] is back with Crawl Space, a book that might have you looking harder than you expected for your one missing sock." - Ben Niespodziany, Neonpajamas "Jacobs' slim book is the perfect length to read (at least) twice - once to take in the witty clash of innocence and fantasy, and again to gape over his intricate, hypnotic artwork." - CBC Books "This tale of a washing machine that serves as a gateway for children to a Narnia-esque fantasyland may have universal cautionary themes at its core, but the manner in which they're conveyed is absolutely singular in nature." - Ryan Carey, Daily Grindhouse "It's a wicked visual story and I still find myself flipping through it from time to time just for its ambition for telling a sci-fi teen story mostly through illustrations." - Alex Wong, The Hundreds "Using a very simple scheme of lines and colors, Jacobs brilliantly conveys the strangeness of the other world, and the way it affects the humans who venture into it, while also telling a sweet, sad story about teenagers who just want to fit in." - Abigail Nussbaum, Asking the Wrong Questions " Crawl Space is a book that subverts the conventions of the form yet in the process reminds us of everything that makes the medium so tangibly unique" - Andy Oliver, Broken Frontier "Tapping deep reservoirs of the uncanny, his art is sinister, sublime, funny and, you suspect, on first-name terms with the kind of psychedelic drugs that'll melt your face clean off." - Alex Denney, Dazed "One part John Hughes and one part Terrence McKenna, Crawl Space transforms the common corners of a suburban adolescence into a cosmic philosophical landscape. It flies high with masterful visual storytelling, and a mind-bending drawing style all the while staying grounded in its gentle humor and pathos. It's a book that's hard not to love." - Doug Wright Awards "