Market Day

Market Day

Graphic Novel - 2010
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A TIMELESS MEDITATION ON ART AND COMMERCE SEEN THROUGH THE LIFE OF AN EARLY-TWENTIETH-CENTURY JEWISH RUG MAKER

Mendleman's life goes through an upheaval when he discovers that he can no longer earn a living for his growing family doing the work that defines him--making well-crafted rugs by hand. A proud artisan, he takes his donkey-drawn cart to the market only to be turned away when the distinctive shop he once sold to now stocks only cheaply manufactured merchandise. As the realities of the marketplace sink in, Mendleman unravels. James Sturm draws a quiet, reflective, and beautiful portrait of eastern Europe in the early 1900s-bringing to life the hustle and bustle of an Old World marketplace on the brink of industrialization. Market Day is an ageless tale of how economic and social forces can affect a single life.

An award-winning cartoonist of the books Golem's Mighty Swing , James Sturm's America , Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, and Adventures in Cartooning , Sturm is a true visionary, having cofounded the Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger and the Center for Cartoon Studies, the country's premier cartooning school.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2010.
ISBN: 9781897299975
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIX FICTION STU
Characteristics: [96] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.

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Stalebread
Oct 03, 2016

One of the better graphic novels I've seen recently.
While some graphic novels have beautiful drawings/renderings, the characters often strike me as not well developed and the plots bordering on juvenile.
Market Day shows us a complex character struggling with himself and the changing environment around him. Form and content are wonderfully integrated in this graphic novel.

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mclarjh
Jul 06, 2016

Really lovely illustrations, but the story was weak, and the protagonist unlikeable.

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nancyewinter
Dec 04, 2015

very bleak and grim
colour pallete used by author reflects this.

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Apr 04, 2012

Dr_Inferno thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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