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You'll Never Know Book 3: Soldier's Heart

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Author: C. Tyler
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 12" x 10.25"
Colors: full color
Year: 2012
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-548-8
Additional Details: n/a

Price: $24.99


You'll Never Know Books 1-3: The Complete Trilogy
You'll Never Know Books 1-3: The Complete Trilogy
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Eisner Award Nominee SealIgnatz2013 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Reality-Based Work; Best Graphic Album—New; Best Writer/Artist; Best Lettering

2013 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Graphic Novel

Honorable Mention on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll"

Ranked #44 on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels"

Named "Best Autobiography/Biography of 2012" by Paul Gravett

One of Robot 6's "6 Most Criminally Ignored Comics of 2012"

In one of the most eagerly-anticipated graphic novels of 2012, Soldier’s Heart concludes the story of Carol Tyler and her delving into her father’s war experiences in a way that is both surprising and devastating — and rather than trying to summarize this episode and thus possibly spoil it for readers, we prefer to simply offer a selection of comments on the first two installments of this autobiographical masterpiece.

Publishers Weekly: “(Starred Review) In the first volume of Tyler’s planned trilogy of graphic memoirs, she dug into the eruptive, violent memories of her father’s WWII experiences while simultaneously dealing with a husband who decided to go find himself and leave her with a daughter to raise. [Book Two] is no less rich and overwhelming. Tyler gets back to the business of detailing her father’s war stories — difficult given that he is ‘one of those guys who closed it off and never talked about it’ — as well as coming to terms with her already touchy parents’ increasingly ornery attitudes. Closing the circle somewhat is Tyler’s concern over her daughter’s troubled nature, which seems to mirror her own wild past. While the language of Chicago-raised and Cincinnati-based Tyler has a winningly self-deprecating Midwestern spareness to it, her art is a lavishly prepared kaleidoscope of watercolors and finely etched drawings, all composed to look like the greatest family photo album of all time. The story’s honest self-revelations and humane evocations of family dramas are tremendously moving. Tyler’s book could well leave readers simultaneously eager to see the third volume, but also nervous about the traumas, home front and war front, that it might contain.”

Booklist: “Tyler’s fluid, expressive linework, complemented by subtly overlaid watercolors, gives ideal visual expression to a narrative that’s at once sensitive and hard-nosed... Decades of drawing mostly autobiographical stories have honed her skills, enabling her to produce a work that ranks in quality with the graphic memoirs of Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis).”

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More Praise for Books 1 & 2:

Eisner Award Nominee SealLos Angeles Times Book Prizes FinalistIgnatz Mouse

2011 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Reality-Based Work; Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art) — Carol Tyler

Finalist, 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Graphic Novels

2011 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Series

Ranked #3 on Douglas Wolk's Best Graphic Novels of 2010 at – Techland

Ranked #4 on the Best Comics and Graphic Novels of 2010 by the Austin American-Statesman

Named one of "The Most Memorable Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010" by NPR's Glen Weldon

Ranked #5 on Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low

A "Notable Comic" in The Best American Comics 2011

Named to "Best of 2010" lists at Comic Book Resources, Robot 6 and Politics and Prose

"Despite widening the focus to encompass the hardships of other family members — particularly her mother, who suffered a trauma that rivals any battlefield experience — Tyler skillfully ties the various events that occurred over a span of five decades into a cohesive, affecting narrative. Her visual approach — supple ink drawings augmented by muted watercolor overlays — ideally conveys the jumble of harsh travails, loving moments, and resilient humor that characterizes not just Tyler’s life but universal experience. Tyler’s work represents autobiographical comics at their most personal, perceptive, and powerful." – Gordon Flagg, Booklist

Eisner Award Nominee Seal2010 Eisner Award Nominee: Best Writer/Artist — Non-Fiction (C. Tyler); Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (C. Tyler)

2009 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Graphic Novel

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2009 — Comics

Selected one of the 5 Best Comics of 2009 by Ellen Abramowitz, President of the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

#11, Best Comics (First Run or Definitively Collected) of 2009, The Comics Reporter

"Remarkable." – Paul Buhle (Senior Lecturer, Brown University), The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"

Top 5 comics of the year – Julia Wertz, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"

"“It’s impossible not to compare You’ll Never Know with Art Spiegelman’s Maus, the first great graphic novel about what happened to a cartoonist’s father during World War II… Tyler’s book is a vivid, affecting, eccentrically stylish frame built around a terrible silence." – New York Times Book Review

"Alt-comics veteran Tyler fully demonstrates her artistry in a book about her father’s WWII experiences, her childhood and present struggles raising her daughter, and her growing realization of war’s long-term effects on soldiers and their families." – Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels

""C. Tyler's You'll Never Know, Book One: A Good and Decent Man... is also an impressive and beautiful history of the era; Tyler creates a panorama of images that sweep across the page as she documents her father's childhood, her parent's engagement, and her own young life. Her pen, ink, and color transform her creative panels (at times evoking a scrapbook) into vibrant memories intertwined by her restless imagination." – Adam Waterreus, Politics and Prose, "Favorite Graphic Literature of the Year"

"Tyler is a cartoonist who was trained as a painter first, and her memoir of learning about the World War II experiences that permanently changed her father leads with its indelible, majestically composed images. Compassionate but unsparing, this first of a projected three-book series tells one soldier's story in the context of his generation's silence." – Douglas Wolk, The Best Graphic Novels of 2009, The Barnes & Noble Review

“If you want to find out what happened to Willie and Joe after they got home from World War II, You’ll Never Know is the perfect place to start. C. Tyler’s graphic novel, passionately conceived and brilliantly drawn, extends the range of Bill Mauldin to cover the aftershock of the Last Good War on the warriors who fought it and the collateral damage to their families. Not since Catch-22 has anyone probed the secret heart of the Greatest Generation with this kind of raw, icon busting courage.” – Tom Mathews (Our Fathers’ War: Growing Up in the Shadow of the Greatest Generation)

“Her work has the extremely rare quality of genuine, authentic heart.” – R. Crumb

“She understands people with an acuity that is tender, wise and devastating.” – Jim Woodring

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