One of the very first autobiographical graphic novels to come from France, Lewis Trondheim’s Approximate Continuum Comics set the standard for the honest, often hilarious chronicling of a cartoonist’s 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."
— Gordon Flagg, Booklist