Comments on: Years of the Elephant http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2010/03/05/years-of-the-elephant/ Where to find out what's really good. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:20:15 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.10 By: Greg McElhatton http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2010/03/05/years-of-the-elephant/comment-page-1/#comment-111294 Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:58:03 +0000 http://www.readaboutcomics.com/?p=1234#comment-111294 Sam is the name of Willy Linthout’s real son that Jack was based off of.

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By: Michelle S http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2010/03/05/years-of-the-elephant/comment-page-1/#comment-111293 Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:52:21 +0000 http://www.readaboutcomics.com/?p=1234#comment-111293 I only read the story now, but I’m still wondering: Who is Sam? Charles mentions, “Sleep tight, Sam.” in the end. Maybe I’m missing something here, but I couldn’t figure it out.

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By: chasdom http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2010/03/05/years-of-the-elephant/comment-page-1/#comment-107818 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 21:56:13 +0000 http://www.readaboutcomics.com/?p=1234#comment-107818 I had a difficult time evaluating this book as well. On the surface, it seems a bit unpolished and scattershot, but it also brings together so many insights about grief and coping that it really is quite fascinating. The more I contemplated the story as I read it, the more layers became exposed.

Also, I think the fact that Linthout is known as a humorous cartoonist adds a layer of depth to the proceedings. Normally, I don’t like to include such “outside” factors in my evaluation of a book, but in this case I think it’s tremendously important that instead of using a different art style, he used a tweaked version of his usual style to play up all the contrasts.

I’d still call it a flawed work, but one that is unique and rewarding.

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