Since it hit stores in mid-June, Marc Bell's first full-length graphic novella, Stroppy, has been earning praise from critics and fan alike, who are captivated by its densely detailed, bright coloured pages and story full of hilarious mishaps. The book debuted at the extra-special TCAF 2015, and then traveled the west coast on a joint North American tour with Anders Nilsen. Here we've collected some of the finest words of recognition Stroppy has received, as well as the interviews Marc has given on its creation, as inspired by his own 'annual blog post'.
"[Stroppy is] a posthippie fantasia, filled with high-minded ideals about labour and art, but orchestrated with gleeful, low brow verve." —The Globe and Mail
"Bell's return to comics is at once satisfying and exasperating, in a good way: certainly a reading experience like no other." —AV Club
"Bell’s protagonists can seem just as easily plagued by anxiety as they can be blessed by a divine nonchalance...Stroppy is filled to the brim with odd, off-kilter dialogue and jokes, impossibly elaborate machines and bizarre creatures that look more like layers of sediment than living beings." —The Comics Journal
"Although Marc Bell has been publishing comics for a couple of decades, longer narratives like Stroppy are welcome rarities. Bell’s imagery is strong, full of the visual echoes of an auteur like Jim Woodring...There’s an aplomb to the way he lays out his events, recalling Tony Millionaire’s (Sock Monkey) ability to push a plot forward like a game of exquisite corpse...this work is designed for the relaxed and the amused, providing an experience akin to floating on a lazy river." —Paste
"You can’t dip into Marc Bell’s comics. You have to immerse yourself. There’s a depth to his wild and crazy imagery that demands you pay attention, let your eye take in the rubbery detail, its strangeness and cartoony density. The result is something that owes something to the underground comix of the 1960s, the world creation of animated cartoons and Bell’s own vision of the world which might be best summed up as savage, acid-flavoured whimsy." —Herald Scotland
- Listen to Marc on Inkstuds, who begins by clarifying how to pronounce 'Stroppy'.
- Read an interview with Marc on The Comics Journal, where he answers the age-old question: "How many wiggly lines are ideal?"
- Read a joint interview with Marc and Anders at SAD Mag: "I made a new form of story for Stroppy."
- Read an interview with Marc on Blog from the Bookstore, where he talks Stroppy, as well as music, winning contests, moving around, and more.
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