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The cover to A Book to Make Friends With by Lukas Verstraete next to its accompanying briefcase slipcover. The cover features the title and author's name in charcoal gray and a variety of fonts against a colorful background of what appears to be smoke clouds and bouncing balls exploding from the center. The briefcase slipcover is brown with black handles and also features the title on an orange tag drawn onto the cover. The slipcase also features various sticker-like drawings of faces and strange creatures.
The cover to A Book to Make Friends With by Lukas Verstraete. The cover features the title and author's name in charcoal gray and a variety of fonts against a colorful background of what appears to be smoke clouds and bouncing balls exploding from the center.
The briefcase slipcover for A Book to Make Friends With by Lukas Verstraete. The briefcase slipcover is brown with black handles and features the title on an orange tag drawn onto the cover. The slipcase also features various sticker-like drawings of faces and strange creatures.
A Book To Make Friends With
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Lukas Verstraete, Translator: Laura Watkinson

A Book To Make Friends With

On sale date: August 8, 2023

A dizzying, psychedelic and psychological journey of a man in search of himself, rendered in hyper-energetic, eye-popping colored pencils.

Tick, tick, boom. Open the cover of this graphic novel to unleash a bombastic bomb blast of frenetic line work, a cacophony of vibrant color, and an action-packed narrative that whirls and swirls in all directions like the furious, roaring winds of a mushroom cloud. Enter the blast radius of this conflagration of imagination and experience how brilliantly its creative fires burn.

A Book to Make Friends With marks the explosive English language debut of Flemish cartoonist Lukas Verstraete. What begins as a Pulp Fiction-inspired heist, in which two masked gangsters rob a passerby of his mysterious briefcase, soon snowballs into a psychedelic journey full of chase scenes, shapeshifting, soul possession, spiritual hallucinations, and unrequited romance. It all culminates in an epic, breathtakingly rendered battle between good and evil. At turns playful, philosophical, and kinetically riotous, you’ve never seen a graphic novel quite like this. Printed as an oversized hardcover edition encased in a luxurious slipcase, this book is as much a gorgeous aesthetic object as an engrossing work of fiction.

Praise

"An overwhelming debut and a mind-expanding book." — De Standaard

"A wonderful, oversized graphic novel full of wild pencil drawings." — Humo

"A colorful array of absurdities captured in clear lines." — De Volkskrant

Specs

Pages
208
Format
Hardback
Color
Full-color.
Dimensions
10.63" × 14"
ISBN-13
9781683965640
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