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Kramers Ergot, the most influential and acclaimed anthology of the past decade, returns in its seventh volume as a gigantic full-color 16 x 21 inch (that's bigger than a full page from your daily newspaper) hardcover While past issues explored an innovative blend of art and comics, this collection focuses on expanding the boundaries of the narrative comics page. #7's massiKramers Ergot, the most influential and acclaimed anthology of the past decade, returns in its seventh volume as a gigantic full-color 16 x 21 inch (that's bigger than a full page from your daily newspaper) hardcover While past issues explored an innovative blend of art and comics, this collection focuses on expanding the boundaries of the narrative comics page. #7's massive page size has given these contemporary artists an opportunity to tell stories at a scope not seen since the expansive Sunday newspaper comics of the early twentieth century. Including over 50 of the world's greatest cartoonists, it draws on the talents of established cartoonists, newcomers, elegant stylists, and unpredictable innovators such as Al Columbia, Carol Tyler, Chris Ware, Paper Rad, Jaime Hernandez, Blanquet, Daniel Clowes, Mat Brinkman, Kim Deitch, Anna Sommer, Anders Nilsen, C.F., Adrian Tomine, Joost Swarte and many others....

Title : Kramers Ergot #7
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ISBN : 9780980003956
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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Kramers Ergot #7 Reviews

  • Jeffrey
    2019-01-15 17:41

    Huge and ambitous, but after reading it I started to wonder if it needed to be that big... while some artists used the space well, some seemed to take their usual work and blow it up bigger. I'm also not sure how I feel about the limited number of pages - while Josh Simmon's story seems substantial, some others feel slight and disappear before you're done reading them. I think smaller dimensions - something like 11x17" - with triple the page count would've been ultimately more impressive and rewarding. It does make me wonder what other artists might do with that kind of space, or what these artists might do if given the chance again...

  • Damon
    2019-01-07 16:39

    This is big and hard to read. Big because each page is almost 2 feet tall, and over a foot wide. Hard to read both physically (because it's big), and because a lot of what's in it would be hard to read even if it were small. Yet I will persevere...Okay, finally finished this. Overall it was okay - most of the content was on par with the previous volumes of KE, some worse some better. The places where a contributor really took advantage of the huge format (though rare) really seem to stand out, or at least the ones that are used to some narrative effect, instead of just making a garish mess into a really big garish mess. A nice couple pages by Seth, and a few other things that were okay, but most of the stuff by people I really like was very brief and not sock-knocking-off material (though the Harkham story was pretty good).Overall, certainly not even close to worth $125, so anyone who isn't really into this stuff shouldn't even think about it. I got it for well under 1/2 that and still think it was an expensive investment. BUT, as an object, it is SUPER nice - a very impressive piece of printing.

  • Nicole Williams
    2019-01-18 17:34

    Best gift I ever gave to anyone. Especially because I live with the recipient!

  • Joshua
    2019-01-05 23:39

    A nice big book. I wish I could say that it is the best comic book of all time like it was being touted as, and seemed like it was going to be... but seriously, on that front, it is a little disappointing.The peoples work that you would expect great things from do a decent job, and it is nice to see it big. But then there is a bunch of work that even at 'regular' size would make you want to puke... and then it is huge in your face... ugh...And I know this is just personal preference, so that's why I don't want to name names; the work you like, you will still like.It is an anthology, and I can respect that Harkham is truly trying to mix it up, but given the size of this thing, it seems like the book would have benefited if there had been a 2 page max for the contributors, making space for more work by other artists... if you're going to mix it up, then really do it.So, what is really disappointing and my main gripe, is that the point of it being such a big book, is the simple but lovely idea of giving all these cartoonists a huge canvas reminiscent of the Sunday newspaper pages from the early 20th century (Lionel Feininger, Winsor McKay, even George Herriman, etc...)But for the most part, people just did what they always do, didn't push it at all... they just arranged their squares so they fit onto one page instead of two or three, or just made a big poster/illustration... and so unfortunately the great idea fails and is turned into a gimmick.And I put this criticism even on the peoples work that I like!Most of the work would not be diminshed in any way if it was formatted differently over a couple pages, in fact, a bunch of it would even benefit from it.BUT there are a few champions in the mix! I don't have the book in front of me right now, but, in the sense of using the page, the standouts in my memory are Shary Boyle, Tom Gauld, Chris Ware, CF, Anders Nilsen, Will Sweeney... maybe there was a couple more, but yeah 6 out of 60...This book could have been the book to end all books, pushing borders, breaking rules; but it ended up just being a nice big book.

  • Scott
    2019-01-09 19:33

    I don't honestly know how to rate this as a book. It's more an objet d'art, and a lovely one at that, but I don't think the contents live up to the promise it makes with its design and pedigree. I'm glad to have read it but very few pieces really made good use of the outsize pages. Apart from that, not many made a real impact on me as a reader, either (maybe Josh Simmons' because it was so fucking creepy). I liked Shary Boyle's story and not being familiar with her work, it was good to be introduced in this way. Xaime Hernandez turned in a very charming page and I liked the design of Ted May's entry. Seth's 2 pages were very good and the contrast between his more polished and sketchy styles was interesting. The Katchor pieces are great but apparently 10 years old - but maybe the book would have benefited from some judicious selection of more older works. Another complaint - the table of contents! It's completely random so looking up unfamiliar artists is a real chore. I wouldn't recommend purchasing this volume unless you really want to see it on your shelf (and you have a shelf large enough to house it).

  • Jennifer
    2019-01-13 15:40

    Saw this at APE this year. Looks amazing, but the $125 price tag kept me from buying it directly from Buenaventura press. Also went to a panel discussion at APE about the book that included Sammy Harkham, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Alvin Buenaventura, and several other cartoonists whose works are in the book and it seems like a really unique and exciting work. They did mention ($70+) orders for the book probably wouldn't be shipping out until the second week of December, so I guess I will be waiting to read it until then!12/30- got the book as a christmas gift from my boyfriend and my best friend. yipee!

  • Chris
    2018-12-28 17:21

    At the price of $125 and only 96 pages (I wouldn't have bought it if I'd bothered to read the description and known the page count.) There were some five star stories in here and the book's design was great, but the forgettable stories outnumbered the really good ones. The price vs the actual product was absolutely ridiculous.The last Kramer's I read was volume six, cost $35 and I would easilly give four stars.

  • Troy
    2018-12-26 18:24

    Wow. If you like art comics this is a tour de force. It's massive (around 2' by 3') and it was expensive, but it's fantastically beautiful. It has comics by most of the best experimental comic book artists around. I spent a week just looking at the pictures and another week reading - reading it slowly, to savor everything.Now that the recession is full force, I doubt we'll see anything like this for awhile, but I'm glad it came out, and I'm glad I bought it.

  • Dana Jerman
    2019-01-07 23:25

    Each artist in this massive comp take advantage of the format in really provocative ways. Too bad most of the subject matter is juvenile without much emotionally informative take-away. A few great pieces stand out.. make your local library invest in a copy of this, as it will run you over 100 bones to buy it.

  • Paul
    2019-01-10 15:27

    Like any compilation this is hit and miss but as a pure art object it is pretty impressive. Nice to see some of comics heavy hitters come out in the Kramer's Ergot fold for a change. Some of KE is a little too white-belt and Vice Magazine for my taste but I find it encouraging to see some younger American cartoonists developing.

  • Joe
    2019-01-10 19:50

    The huge format is wonderful and I am very glad they had this at my local library. I didn't like the grodie sexual pieces but I usually don't anyway and there were only 2 or 3 in this collection. There were some stunning pieces in this and most of the participants really used the space well.

  • Celso
    2018-12-25 16:47

    Some of the pieces were great, but my expectations were from 5 and 6 were let down.

  • Aimee
    2019-01-02 15:23

    So glad I own this giant book. I like rubbing my face on the cover.

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  • Clark
    2018-12-30 16:33

    This is a nice thing to have.