Tim Hensley
Wally Gropius
January0 21, 2019 Comments.. 155
Wally Gropius Superficially resembling s teenage humor comics Tim Hensley s graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power celebrityhood and modern culture that tells the story of the titul

  • Title: Wally Gropius
  • Author: Tim Hensley
  • ISBN: 9781606993552
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Superficially resembling 1960s teenage humor comics, Tim Hensley s graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture that tells the story of the titular character, who bears a closer resemblance to a teenaged Richie Rich or a classmate of Archie Andrews at Riverdale High than he does the famous Bauhaus architect whose nameSuperficially resembling 1960s teenage humor comics, Tim Hensley s graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture that tells the story of the titular character, who bears a closer resemblance to a teenaged Richie Rich or a classmate of Archie Andrews at Riverdale High than he does the famous Bauhaus architect whose name he shares.Wally is the human Dow Jones, the heir to a vast petrochemical conglomerate When the elder Thaddeus Gropius confronts Wally with the boilerplate plot ultimatum that he must marry the saddest girl in the world or be disinherited, a yarn unravels that is part screwball comedy and part unhinged parable on the lucrativeness of changing your identity.Hensley s dialogue is witty, lyrical, sampled, dada, and elliptical all in the service of a very bizarre mystery There s sex, violence, rock and roll, intrigue, and betrayal all brought home in Hensley s truly inimitable style.Created during an era when another well off W was stuffing the coffers of the morbidly solvent, Wally Gropius transforms futile daydreams and nightmares into the absurdity of capital.

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    1. Mza says:

      has its own style of dislocation between pictures and words, wherein motives of characters are impossible to ascertain and therefore irrelevant. drawn in kids' comix shorthand, which is distancing in an expected way but also unexpectedly menacing in places -- inconsistently shifting background art suggests a world in which space and matter are at the mercy of a trickster god and his anarchic stagehands.Don't expect an ending and you won't be disappointed

    2. Joshlynn says:

      The obvious comparisons to Richie Rich and Archie have also been noted. But this oversized, overwhelming tome also comes at us by way of Naked Lunch, with some random Hitchcockian elements and Maakies-ish suicide jokes. At times it also reminded me of Jean Genet or Chris Burden. In short, this shit is fucked up. You should read it twice.

    3. Amanda Baber says:

      I don't understand why this isn't funnier. Parts of it are. On the whole, though, it's kind of irritating, like this is the first draft of an assignment he had to finish for graphic novel publishing class.

    4. Dave-O says:

      Brilliant. Demands multiple readings, preferably in the company of inebriated librarian expatriates.

    5. Jon(athan) Nakapalau says:

      Not 100% how I feel about this bookif you are looking or something different that will make you think then give it a try.

    6. Pinky says:

      Darkly humorous comic about a Richie Rich-like "umpteen millionaire" without the social conscience and crime fighting. Old-style graphics are very cool and I like the oversize volume. Reminds me of Asterix or TinTin, but the subject matter is quite disturbing. Probably wouldn't have picked this up on my own, but it was on the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2010 list, which I am slowly making my way through.

    7. Markmisfit5000 says:

      I bought this book because many graphic "comic book" artists/authors have hailed this book as one of the best of the decade. I read this and was at first unsatisfied. Upon further reads, I was able to appreciate the absurdity of the whole thing, but I believe the depth that I missed on the first read was due to the extreme subtlety of the gags and plot. I'm not sure if this book is for everyone, but it's definitely worth borrowing from somebody.

    8. Andrew Fairweather says:

      'Wally Gropius' is a little too self-consciously off beat. Though the drawings are gorgeous, and I find the Richie Rich thing in grotesque reincarnation interesting, alas, the humor is too weak, either suffering from being a little 'obvious', or merely transgressive. I feel like everything to be excited about here is all premise—still, there are laffs, like when Gropius vomits money to the sound effect of "HEARST!" buuut well, at 50 -something pages it's over before ya know it.

    9. Robin says:

      Clever, goofy, playful, and with dark humor mixed in. I wanted to give this five stars, but this fell shy toward the end of the work. Still, it's definitely one of the better books I've read in the past couple years.

    10. Will says:

      I got hung up on the bizarre panel of the father supposedly doing it with the daughter when it turns out they were a couple in disguise. Also, too much weirdness just to be weird. But the drawing was ok.

    11. Scott Lapierre says:

      luscious.

    12. Megan says:

      Made it to page 30 and couldn't take it anymore. Absolutely terrible.

    13. Jaina Bee says:

      I never knew national anthems could be such an aphrodesiac.

    14. Tom says:

      Nice and fluffy.

    15. Spencer says:

      Just terrible. Much less clever than it thinks it is.

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