Graphic Lit: Vintage and Independent
In what may be an expression of nostalgia, we carry a lot of the genius of newspaper-published graphic literature, a Golden Age that lasted from the 1930s to the departure of Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes. On this page we feature our stock in the classics and the independents that carry on the spirit even in the age of DC and Marvel, which rate a separate page here on the website.
Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York
Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York
From the #1 NYT bestselling author of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast's new graphic memoir--a hilarious illustrated ode/guide/thank-you note to Manhattan as only she could write it.
For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and "those West Side Story-things" (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired Going into Town, part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons.
“The New Yorker magazine cartoonist has a style and sensibility like no one else's. Here she employs it in a graphic memoir of and tribute to New York City. Though she now lives in the Connecticut suburbs, Chast grew up in Brooklyn . . . As her own daughter prepared to move to the city for college, Chast compiled this volume that lets readers see New York through the artist's eyes.” – Newsday, "Best Fall Books"
“Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city.” – starred review, Kirkus Reviews
“Observations and advice on making one's way through the city's diversions are mixed with the quirky character that oozes from the metropolis's every concrete pore. It's all delivered with obvious and knowing affection and captured with a keenly observant pen.” – starred review, Publishers Weekly
“What began as a personal guidebook for Chast's Manhattan-bound suburban daughter evolved into a whimsical, discursive paean to the city . . .” – O, The Oprah Magazine
“Chast applies her appealingly shaggy drawing style and ever-so-slightly skewed worldview to New York's subways, museums, ethnic restaurants, and other attributes.” – Booklist
“Feels like a companion piece to E.B. White's seminal Here is New York. Her illustrated compendium is packed with off-kilter but still useful advice . . .” – Conde Nast Traveler
“For New Yorkers past and present, as well as those who admire the city from afar, this book is sure to delight.” – Bookish, "The Must-Read Books of Fall 2017"
“Love New York? So does Roz Chast, and we're the luckier for it . . . A handy reminder of what makes the city lovable, maddening and a little gross.” – The Forward's "These Are the 23 Books You Need to Read this Summer"
“Fans of Chast's bestselling memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, will recognize and enjoy the unique blend of affection and sarcasm that Chast brings to her work while getting to know one of the world's most famous cities.” – BookPage
“In nine illustrated chapters, Brooklyn native Chast celebrates Manhattan in all its glory.” – Peach
“Quirky and witty, [Chast's] illustrations are as weird and poignant as always, and most of all it's just fun to see what grabs her attention. It will grab yours, too, and change the way you view New York.” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Roz Chast's breezy and winsome jaunt, Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York . . . is a deceptively rich rumination of New York as it exists today.” – Jewish Book World
“The wonderful and inimitable Roz Chast introduces her old friend, New York City, in a beguiling way that will illuminate newcomers, prompt old-timers to nod in recognition, and inspire a whole new generation of siamese standpipe buffs.” – Luc Sante,
“I love this book as much as one can love a book without getting arrested.” – Patricia Marx,
“Those of us who prefer Roz Chast's work to just about any other amalgam of words and pictures since the Egyptian hieroglyphs will not be surprised that her book about New York is a complete delight from first page to last--but all of us may be instructed anew in how much her art depends on her close observation of detail. Everything in the city--from the positive emptiness of the Metropolitan Museum to the ominous emptiness of a subway car--is registered with a discriminating eye for the truth as real as her matchless sense of the wacky.” – Adam Gopnik,