Search / Login

Quick Links:
Latest Releases
Browse by Artist
Love and Rockets Guide
Peanuts books
Disney books
More browsing options under "Browse Shop" above


Search: All Titles

Advanced Search
Login / Free Registration
Detail Search
Download Area
Show Cart
Your Cart is currently empty.

Subscribe

Sign up for our email newsletters for updates on new releases, events, special deals and more.

Info: Your browser does not accept cookies. If you want to put products into your cart and purchase them you need to enable cookies.

Tell a Friend




You'll Never Know Books 1-3: The Complete Trilogy

Details for this: Book
Author: C. Tyler
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 348
Dimensions: 12" x 10.75"
Colors: full color
Year: 2012
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: see individual product listings
Additional Details: 3 volumes, 104-112 pages each

Price: $74.97
$59.98
You Save: 20.00%

 


For more information and previews of each book (or to order them individually), click the titles below.

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

Book 1: A Good and Decent Man

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

You’ll Never Know is the first graphic novel from C. Tyler (Late Bloomer) and sure to be one of the most acclaimed books of the year. It tells the story of the 50-something author’s relationship with her World War II veteran father, and how his war experience shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood. “You’ll Never Know” refers not only to the title of her parents’ courtship song from that era, but also to the many challenges the author encountered in uncovering the difficult and painful truths about her Dad’s service — challenges exacerbated by her own tumultuous family life.

You’ll Never Know is Tyler’s first first full-fledged graphic novel (after two volumes of short stories). Unlike many other graphic memoirs which have opted for simple, stylized drawings and limited color or black and white, You’ll Never Know makes full use of Tyler’s virtuosity as a cartoonist: stunningly rendered in detailed inks and subtle watercolors, it plunges the reader headlong into the diverse locales: her father’s wartime experiences and courtship, her own childhood and adolescence, and contemporary life. The unique landscape format, and the lush variety of design choices and rendering techniques, make perusing You’ll Never Know like reading a family album — but one with a strong, compelling, sharply told story.

You’ll Never Know’s release schedule and format emulate those of Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library: three beautifully designed, large-format hardcover volumes released annually to complete a trilogy of astonishing breadth, depth, and sensitivity.


Book 2: Collateral Damage

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 TIME.com – 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

A "Notable Comic" in The Best American Comics 2011

The first volume of You’ll Never Know showed Carol’s initial, sometimes difficult attempts at grappling with her father Chuck’s traumatic World War II experiences by bringing them to light. As Book 2 begins, she is startled to discover that Chuck’s decision to suddenly, after 60 years, open up to her on the subject has motivations that go far beyond his desire to reveal his past — putting even more pressure on an already explosive relationship. In any event, Carol finally begins to delve into, and re-tell, Chuck’s horrific wartime experiences in Italy (which are worse than even she had imagined).

But back in the present, the cycle of family dysfunction continues as Carol’s own daughter runs into her own trouble, leading Carol into further exploration of her family’s buried traumas and sorrows — with an expanded reprinting of the out-of-print “The Hannah Story,” Tyler’s superb chronicle of the short life and accidental death of her older sister, a heart-rending story (named one of the “100 Best Comics of the 20th Century” in a Comics Journal survey) that in turn sheds light on her parents’ subsequent lives and patterns of behavior. Everything is connected, and the past is never just the past...


Book 3: Soldier's Heart

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).”



You may also be interested in:

The Job Thing
The Job Thing
$7.95
$5.30
You Save: 33.33%
Add to Cart
Late Bloomer
Late Bloomer
$28.95
$19.30
You Save: 33.33%
Add to Cart
Willie & Joe: The WWII Years + Back Home
Willie & Joe: The WWII Years + Back Home
$69.98
$55.98
You Save: 20.00%
Add to Cart
Percy Gloom + Wake Up, Percy Gloom Gift Set
Percy Gloom + Wake Up, Percy Gloom Gift Set
$47.94
$38.35
You Save: 20.00%
Add to Cart


Last Updated: