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10 thoughts on “Material, Vol. 1

  1. Kaa Kaa says:

    This is a fascinating read, and one I m having trouble rating or reviewing There were parts of it that went over my head, and other parts I m still pondering It s a book that speaks to a very specific moment in American history a post 9 11, BLM, Obama moment that in some ways continues to today but in others has been dramatically redirected by the Trump presidency For me, the uniting theme of the different stories was non linear relationships between people relationships that branch and c This is a fascinating read, and one I m having trouble rating or reviewing There were parts of it that went over my head, and other parts I m still pondering It s a book that speaks to a very specific moment in American history a post 9 11, BLM, Obama moment that in some ways continues to today but in others has been dramatically redirected by the Trump presidency For me, the uniting theme of the different stories was non linear relationships between people relationships that branch and converge and turn in unexpected directions, relationships of mutuality and fear, relationships that are directed but not controlled by the circumstances surrounding them I think the most successful element of the book was how well the author has managed to portray these relationships in two page snippets


  2. Althea J. Althea J. says:

    4.5 starsThis graphic novel is so fresh and relevant that the ink might still be wet on the page Through the stories of several different characters, the reader is pulled into a conversation about the material we draw from in constructing our reality, our fiction, and our emotional selves Kot shines a light on the humans behind the most current of events and does so without a soapbox to be seen The characters that deal with police corruption and the aftermath of being a Guantanamo detainee fe 4.5 starsThis graphic novel is so fresh and relevant that the ink might still be wet on the page Through the stories of several different characters, the reader is pulled into a conversation about the material we draw from in constructing our reality, our fiction, and our emotional selves Kot shines a light on the humans behind the most current of events and does so without a soapbox to be seen The characters that deal with police corruption and the aftermath of being a Guantanamo detainee feel like journalism documenting human experience as opposed to the exploitative headline click bait through which I usually encounter these stories Refreshing And a fantastic use of the graphic novel medium.As The Guardian reporter Spencer Ackerman says in his Foreward to this first volume of Material There are no superheroes jumping off rooftops to stop Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann from shooting 12 year old Tamir Rice dead No telekinetic is tearing open incommunicado police detention warehouses with her mind As the real life vigilantes kill black teenagers armed with Skittles and iced tea, the make believe vigilantes mostly white, mostly written by white writers, for an audience assumed to be default white move along with nothing to say.The exception is Ales Kot and Will Tempest s Material.The storyline featuring the professor, and the one depicting the actress and her director, are less urgent, but bring in some meaty ideas that situate the other stories in a context of reflection What elevates this already full bodied reading experience evenalmost each page is footnoted with a jumping off point that engages the reader beyond the material of the book There are song selections, links to the definition of terms used, suggestions of topics for further investigation, recommendations of relevant books and essays There are several quick essays in the back that add yet another layer of material and critique Kot clearly sees this work as the start of a conversation, and not some sort of declarative piece of art This work lives and breathes, and as a comic book reader, THAT IS EXCITING


  3. Tom Ewing Tom Ewing says:

    An attempt to turn the stuff of current political and everyday life police violence, celebrity and misogyny, the human collateral of the War on Terror, and the role of the intellectual into comics storytelling, MATERIAL is hardly flawless, but projects this ambitious are important Talked up in interviews as a life work that could run as long as Cerebus, Material currently exists as this four issue truncated run, interweaving four unconnected stories and a lot of side matter quotes, Wikiped An attempt to turn the stuff of current political and everyday life police violence, celebrity and misogyny, the human collateral of the War on Terror, and the role of the intellectual into comics storytelling, MATERIAL is hardly flawless, but projects this ambitious are important Talked up in interviews as a life work that could run as long as Cerebus, Material currently exists as this four issue truncated run, interweaving four unconnected stories and a lot of side matter quotes, Wikipedia references, and a list of black victims of police run like a news ticker alongside Will Tempest s plain, human scale storytelling.Some of the stories burst into sudden action, others peter out, at least two turn out not to be about who we thought they were Some of the material is smoothed into story, some feels less digested, but in all cases Kot and Tempest keep things as plain spoken as they can resisting metaphor, addressing the world as they see and understand it, showing the bones of how that understanding is built Material feels immediate and provisional in a way few print comics are in another few months, the same working methods would have uncovered entirely other stories I hope the project continues in some form, and we get to see them


  4. Pixelina Pixelina says:

    Not my cup of tea this one Not a fan of the artwork at all, it feels flat and boring.The story was rather weak and not a lot happened I didn t care much for any of the 4 stories in this and some I did t even get


  5. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    The introduction by a Guardian journalist, who lives up to the paper s rep by combining crusading investigative work with atrocious subbing, makes much of Material s use of footnotes Which really isn t as novel in comics as he seems to think even if we leave aside the old See issue 58 of Desperately Needs Sales Boost Man for the full story, True Believers sort of thing, From Hell long since cemented a trend for backmatter which offers pointers to a comic s reference points Sure, perhaps The introduction by a Guardian journalist, who lives up to the paper s rep by combining crusading investigative work with atrocious subbing, makes much of Material s use of footnotes Which really isn t as novel in comics as he seems to think even if we leave aside the old See issue 58 of Desperately Needs Sales Boost Man for the full story, True Believers sort of thing, From Hell long since cemented a trend for backmatter which offers pointers to a comic s reference points Sure, perhaps this book has done something slightly different by running them as footnotes rather than endnotes but for the most part, that serves only to rob them of space and therefore context, leaving a blunt list Better, I suppose, that it at least be moved out of the panels, given the way Kot has sometimes felt obliged to show his working in the past remember Secret Avengers poet terrorist Artaud Derrida But as bald as this is, it still feels like it s trying a little too hard And the collection as a whole, while it hits plenty of interesting themes and clever treatments, never quite makes them come alive, never altogether sublimates the material hah into art You know those plays that are terribly well reviewed and topical and have wonderful actors, yet come acrossas a chattering classes checklist than actual theatrical art Often, Material feels like the creators have managed to transfer that experience to the comics page Really, guys, you shouldn t have And yet.Among the various plot strands which, while not without interest, still feel a bit like they re ticking boxes the sad boner professor who might be talking to an AI or just a cyberprankster the Hollywood stuff the man whose extralegal detention has had curious effects on his libido , there s one which is every bit as ripped from the headlines but does catch light the one engaging with Black Lives Matter and the outrages which made it necessary This is also, not coincidentally, the one time the footnote device really clicks and it s just a rollcall of victims across the bottom of each page Our prefatory friend, again, seems to be generalising rather ridiculously in suggesting that this is a particularly unusual engagement for modern comics it s all over even the mainstream superhero books, albeit sometimes under the thinnest of veils, because that s one way superhero books operate But it would certainly be fair to say that it s seldom quite this harrowing and claustrophobic


  6. Shannon Appelcline Shannon Appelcline says:

    Certainly an interesting book It s the story of four stories, about a teacher and writer an innocent rolled up into Guantanamo Bay an actress and a victim of the Chicago PD The stories are deeply personal, revealing important moments of change for these characters They re all interesting, though at least the story of the Chicago PD victim seems a little easy The best part may be that they re told in little two page bites, which requires superb discipline which Kot definitely shows.I m Certainly an interesting book It s the story of four stories, about a teacher and writer an innocent rolled up into Guantanamo Bay an actress and a victim of the Chicago PD The stories are deeply personal, revealing important moments of change for these characters They re all interesting, though at least the story of the Chicago PD victim seems a little easy The best part may be that they re told in little two page bites, which requires superb discipline which Kot definitely shows.I m ultimately not sure how these stories are meant to come together how they re supposed to reflect each other in meaningful ways but I m eager to read again, to find that out And that s usually the sign of a good story


  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    There isn t much of a storyline or plot In all honesty not a book to really enjoy,a think piece than anything Shows a lot of today s problems in a comic book format which is cool But this wasn t for me really And I m okay with that.I recieved an advanced copy of this from Netgalley.com and the publisher


  8. Gregory Gregory says:

    This is definitely a good idea for a series for Showtime, Starz, or HBO This series is based on the real world and has a very good representation of people from various walks of life and backgrounds The Muslim couple is my favorite because it shows the trouble in their marriage and other issues after being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for being a suspected Terrorist which he wasn t a part and dealing with the emotional, mental, and physical scars from that experience Another story had dealt w This is definitely a good idea for a series for Showtime, Starz, or HBO This series is based on the real world and has a very good representation of people from various walks of life and backgrounds The Muslim couple is my favorite because it shows the trouble in their marriage and other issues after being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for being a suspected Terrorist which he wasn t a part and dealing with the emotional, mental, and physical scars from that experience Another story had dealt with a Police Officer forcing a young African American male to spy on his uncle illegally This isn t fiction, but what really happens in the real world To those who prefer only fiction, this isn t the book for you I love superheroes, its also good to be exposed to material that challenges you and make you think For those who will be confused about the names of the people in the book, they are people who have been victims of Police Brutality and challenges the reader to read Between the World and Me by Ta Neshi Coates which is an excellent book and a must read.I definitely recommend Material, its a book that is needed in the world and nation we live in right now


  9. Ben Brennan Ben Brennan says:

    Would be so easy for a book like this to be so, so bad but Kot succeeds in distilling his political and philosophical concerns into an immensely readable and as far as I m concerned, innovative comic More books like this in the mainstream please.


  10. Mark Mark says:

    Four stories of post modern American life told in parallel with no obvious connecting theme There s plenty to chew on but I m left feeling alienated and detached rather than drawn into these character s worlds.


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Material, Vol. 1 [EPUB] ✻ Material, Vol. 1 ❀ Aleš Kot – Polishdarling.co.uk SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OF America is unwinding The world is undergoing massive changes MATERIAL is a journey through what it means to be alive, today Collects MATERIAL SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE OFAmerica is unwinding The world is undergoing massive changes MATERIAL is a journey through what it means to be alive, today Collects MATERIAL.

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  • Material, Vol. 1
  • Aleš Kot
  • English
  • 05 November 2017

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10 thoughts on “Material, Vol. 1

  1. Kaa Kaa says:

    This is a fascinating read, and one I m having trouble rating or reviewing There were parts of it that went over my head, and other parts I m still pondering It s a book that speaks to a very specific moment in American history a post 9 11, BLM, Obama moment that in some ways continues to today but in others has been dramatically redirected by the Trump presidency For me, the uniting theme of the different stories was non linear relationships between people relationships that branch and c This is a fascinating read, and one I m having trouble rating or reviewing There were parts of it that went over my head, and other parts I m still pondering It s a book that speaks to a very specific moment in American history a post 9 11, BLM, Obama moment that in some ways continues to today but in others has been dramatically redirected by the Trump presidency For me, the uniting theme of the different stories was non linear relationships between people relationships that branch and converge and turn in unexpected directions, relationships of mutuality and fear, relationships that are directed but not controlled by the circumstances surrounding them I think the most successful element of the book was how well the author has managed to portray these relationships in two page snippets


  2. Althea J. Althea J. says:

    4.5 starsThis graphic novel is so fresh and relevant that the ink might still be wet on the page Through the stories of several different characters, the reader is pulled into a conversation about the material we draw from in constructing our reality, our fiction, and our emotional selves Kot shines a light on the humans behind the most current of events and does so without a soapbox to be seen The characters that deal with police corruption and the aftermath of being a Guantanamo detainee fe 4.5 starsThis graphic novel is so fresh and relevant that the ink might still be wet on the page Through the stories of several different characters, the reader is pulled into a conversation about the material we draw from in constructing our reality, our fiction, and our emotional selves Kot shines a light on the humans behind the most current of events and does so without a soapbox to be seen The characters that deal with police corruption and the aftermath of being a Guantanamo detainee feel like journalism documenting human experience as opposed to the exploitative headline click bait through which I usually encounter these stories Refreshing And a fantastic use of the graphic novel medium.As The Guardian reporter Spencer Ackerman says in his Foreward to this first volume of Material There are no superheroes jumping off rooftops to stop Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann from shooting 12 year old Tamir Rice dead No telekinetic is tearing open incommunicado police detention warehouses with her mind As the real life vigilantes kill black teenagers armed with Skittles and iced tea, the make believe vigilantes mostly white, mostly written by white writers, for an audience assumed to be default white move along with nothing to say.The exception is Ales Kot and Will Tempest s Material.The storyline featuring the professor, and the one depicting the actress and her director, are less urgent, but bring in some meaty ideas that situate the other stories in a context of reflection What elevates this already full bodied reading experience evenalmost each page is footnoted with a jumping off point that engages the reader beyond the material of the book There are song selections, links to the definition of terms used, suggestions of topics for further investigation, recommendations of relevant books and essays There are several quick essays in the back that add yet another layer of material and critique Kot clearly sees this work as the start of a conversation, and not some sort of declarative piece of art This work lives and breathes, and as a comic book reader, THAT IS EXCITING


  3. Tom Ewing Tom Ewing says:

    An attempt to turn the stuff of current political and everyday life police violence, celebrity and misogyny, the human collateral of the War on Terror, and the role of the intellectual into comics storytelling, MATERIAL is hardly flawless, but projects this ambitious are important Talked up in interviews as a life work that could run as long as Cerebus, Material currently exists as this four issue truncated run, interweaving four unconnected stories and a lot of side matter quotes, Wikiped An attempt to turn the stuff of current political and everyday life police violence, celebrity and misogyny, the human collateral of the War on Terror, and the role of the intellectual into comics storytelling, MATERIAL is hardly flawless, but projects this ambitious are important Talked up in interviews as a life work that could run as long as Cerebus, Material currently exists as this four issue truncated run, interweaving four unconnected stories and a lot of side matter quotes, Wikipedia references, and a list of black victims of police run like a news ticker alongside Will Tempest s plain, human scale storytelling.Some of the stories burst into sudden action, others peter out, at least two turn out not to be about who we thought they were Some of the material is smoothed into story, some feels less digested, but in all cases Kot and Tempest keep things as plain spoken as they can resisting metaphor, addressing the world as they see and understand it, showing the bones of how that understanding is built Material feels immediate and provisional in a way few print comics are in another few months, the same working methods would have uncovered entirely other stories I hope the project continues in some form, and we get to see them


  4. Pixelina Pixelina says:

    Not my cup of tea this one Not a fan of the artwork at all, it feels flat and boring.The story was rather weak and not a lot happened I didn t care much for any of the 4 stories in this and some I did t even get


  5. Alex Sarll Alex Sarll says:

    The introduction by a Guardian journalist, who lives up to the paper s rep by combining crusading investigative work with atrocious subbing, makes much of Material s use of footnotes Which really isn t as novel in comics as he seems to think even if we leave aside the old See issue 58 of Desperately Needs Sales Boost Man for the full story, True Believers sort of thing, From Hell long since cemented a trend for backmatter which offers pointers to a comic s reference points Sure, perhaps The introduction by a Guardian journalist, who lives up to the paper s rep by combining crusading investigative work with atrocious subbing, makes much of Material s use of footnotes Which really isn t as novel in comics as he seems to think even if we leave aside the old See issue 58 of Desperately Needs Sales Boost Man for the full story, True Believers sort of thing, From Hell long since cemented a trend for backmatter which offers pointers to a comic s reference points Sure, perhaps this book has done something slightly different by running them as footnotes rather than endnotes but for the most part, that serves only to rob them of space and therefore context, leaving a blunt list Better, I suppose, that it at least be moved out of the panels, given the way Kot has sometimes felt obliged to show his working in the past remember Secret Avengers poet terrorist Artaud Derrida But as bald as this is, it still feels like it s trying a little too hard And the collection as a whole, while it hits plenty of interesting themes and clever treatments, never quite makes them come alive, never altogether sublimates the material hah into art You know those plays that are terribly well reviewed and topical and have wonderful actors, yet come acrossas a chattering classes checklist than actual theatrical art Often, Material feels like the creators have managed to transfer that experience to the comics page Really, guys, you shouldn t have And yet.Among the various plot strands which, while not without interest, still feel a bit like they re ticking boxes the sad boner professor who might be talking to an AI or just a cyberprankster the Hollywood stuff the man whose extralegal detention has had curious effects on his libido , there s one which is every bit as ripped from the headlines but does catch light the one engaging with Black Lives Matter and the outrages which made it necessary This is also, not coincidentally, the one time the footnote device really clicks and it s just a rollcall of victims across the bottom of each page Our prefatory friend, again, seems to be generalising rather ridiculously in suggesting that this is a particularly unusual engagement for modern comics it s all over even the mainstream superhero books, albeit sometimes under the thinnest of veils, because that s one way superhero books operate But it would certainly be fair to say that it s seldom quite this harrowing and claustrophobic


  6. Shannon Appelcline Shannon Appelcline says:

    Certainly an interesting book It s the story of four stories, about a teacher and writer an innocent rolled up into Guantanamo Bay an actress and a victim of the Chicago PD The stories are deeply personal, revealing important moments of change for these characters They re all interesting, though at least the story of the Chicago PD victim seems a little easy The best part may be that they re told in little two page bites, which requires superb discipline which Kot definitely shows.I m Certainly an interesting book It s the story of four stories, about a teacher and writer an innocent rolled up into Guantanamo Bay an actress and a victim of the Chicago PD The stories are deeply personal, revealing important moments of change for these characters They re all interesting, though at least the story of the Chicago PD victim seems a little easy The best part may be that they re told in little two page bites, which requires superb discipline which Kot definitely shows.I m ultimately not sure how these stories are meant to come together how they re supposed to reflect each other in meaningful ways but I m eager to read again, to find that out And that s usually the sign of a good story


  7. Patrick Patrick says:

    There isn t much of a storyline or plot In all honesty not a book to really enjoy,a think piece than anything Shows a lot of today s problems in a comic book format which is cool But this wasn t for me really And I m okay with that.I recieved an advanced copy of this from Netgalley.com and the publisher


  8. Gregory Gregory says:

    This is definitely a good idea for a series for Showtime, Starz, or HBO This series is based on the real world and has a very good representation of people from various walks of life and backgrounds The Muslim couple is my favorite because it shows the trouble in their marriage and other issues after being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for being a suspected Terrorist which he wasn t a part and dealing with the emotional, mental, and physical scars from that experience Another story had dealt w This is definitely a good idea for a series for Showtime, Starz, or HBO This series is based on the real world and has a very good representation of people from various walks of life and backgrounds The Muslim couple is my favorite because it shows the trouble in their marriage and other issues after being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for being a suspected Terrorist which he wasn t a part and dealing with the emotional, mental, and physical scars from that experience Another story had dealt with a Police Officer forcing a young African American male to spy on his uncle illegally This isn t fiction, but what really happens in the real world To those who prefer only fiction, this isn t the book for you I love superheroes, its also good to be exposed to material that challenges you and make you think For those who will be confused about the names of the people in the book, they are people who have been victims of Police Brutality and challenges the reader to read Between the World and Me by Ta Neshi Coates which is an excellent book and a must read.I definitely recommend Material, its a book that is needed in the world and nation we live in right now


  9. Ben Brennan Ben Brennan says:

    Would be so easy for a book like this to be so, so bad but Kot succeeds in distilling his political and philosophical concerns into an immensely readable and as far as I m concerned, innovative comic More books like this in the mainstream please.


  10. Mark Mark says:

    Four stories of post modern American life told in parallel with no obvious connecting theme There s plenty to chew on but I m left feeling alienated and detached rather than drawn into these character s worlds.


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