One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheims Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonists life. Trondheim's typically graceful, confident cartooning shows him wrestling with his own demons (sometimes, in dream sequences, literally) and an often malevolent world, while trying to maintain his rising career as one of Europe's most beloved cartoonists.
Approximate Continuum finally brings American readers the first portion of the Trondheim autobio trilogy that also comprises the Eisner-nominated At Loose Ends meditation serialized in Mome and the Little Nothings series of short slice-of-life stories.
This volume contains the first three chapters serialized in The Nimrod comic book (praised as "A rewarding, pleasurable and entertaining read from a fine talent ... well worth the cover price" by The Comics Reporter), the last three (never-before-translated) chapters, and a hilarious rebuttal section in which Trondheim's family and cartoonist friends (including Epileptic creator David B. and Trondheim's mom) dispute (or ruefully agree with) Trondheim's depictions.
“The simple, unadorned black-and-white line drawings are agreeably loose and deceptively casual, compelling in their humorous expressiveness and economy. Trondheim's autobiographical departure is of a piece with the rest of his sizable body of work, not only in its whimsical intelligence but also in that the characters are portrayed as anthropomorphic animals. Fans of Trondheim's other efforts will enjoy viewing another facet of his work, and followers of graphic memoirs will appreciate seeing a comics master turn his hand to the genre.” — Booklist
“Trondheim, a 2006 Angouleme Festival Grand Prize winner, creates autobiographical sketches with a Seinfeld-ian mania for capturing the quotidian details of normal life, particularly its irritations.” — Publishers Weekly
“Trondheim suggests a French Woody Allen … Trondheim evokes, with the deft scrappiness of his agitated, angular figures, the universality of so many of our concerns and insecurities, and the completeness with which they surround us.” — Boston Globe
“Trondheim … is truly at the height of his powers in Approximate Continuum Comics.” — The Comics Journal