How the World Was
How the World Was
A California Childhood
First Second, Paperback, 9781596436640, 159pp.
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
In 1994, French cartoonist Emmanuel Guibert befriended an American veteran named Alan Cope and began creating his new friend's graphic biography. "Alan's War" was the surprising and moving result: the story of Cope's experiences as an American GI in France during World War II.
"How the World Was" is Emmanuel Guibert's moving return to documenting the life of his friend. Cope died several years ago, as Guibert was just beginning work on this book, but Guibert has kept working to commit his friend's story to paper. Cope grew up in California during the great depression, and this remarkable graphic novel details the little moments that make a young man's life...while capturing the scope of America during the great depression.
A lyrical, touching portrait, "How the World Was" is a gift for a dear friend in the last moments of his life... and also a meditation on the birth of modern America.
In 1994, a chance encounter with an American World War II veteran named Alan Cope marked the beginning of a deep friendship and the birth of a great biographical epic.
Another of Guibert's recent works is "The Photographer." Showered with awards, translated around the world and soon to come from First Second books, it relates a Doctors Without Borders mission in 1980 s Afghanistan through the eyes of a great reporter, the late Didier Lefevre.
Guibert lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.
Praise for Alan's War:
"This epic graphic memoir spans oceans and generations, with a narrative as engrossing as the artistry that illustrates it." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Guibert’s fluid, simple but assured linework captures the personalities of Cope and his friends, elevating the material to a far more affecting level." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review