American Elf, Book 4

The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka, January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2011

By James Kochalka; James Kochalka (Illustrator)
(Top Shelf Productions, Paperback, 9781603092654, 384pp.)

Publication Date: July 2012

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Description
It's the long-awaited return of James Kochalka's massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, American Elf. Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion that led Hi-Fructose to call him "an unrelenting force, sure to solve the oncoming energy crisis," and earned him the title of Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. And it's only gotten better over time In this collection, spanning the years 2008-2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, celebrates American Elf's 10th year, pitches a TV show to Hollywood, releases a GameBoy album, travels to France, creates his own video game, considers quitting the strip, plays everything from Lego Star Wars to Skyrim, digs deeper into his psyche, and kind of causes himself to have a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile, Eli starts elementary school - and a band, Oliver learns to walk and talk (and sing), James & Amy celebrate 15 years of marriage, and the family adopts a new cat, Nooko.



About the Author
James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. "Dragon Puncher Island" won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. Following a rich career in indie comics, "The Glorkian Warrior "is his first book with a traditional publisher.

James Kochalka is the first Cartoonist Laureate of Vermont. He's the author and illustrator of several popular children's book series, including Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher. "Dragon Puncher Island" won an Eisner Award in 2012 for Best Publication for Early Readers, but he's also won the Harvey Award and four Ignatz Awards for his books for adults. Kochalka lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two sons. Following a rich career in indie comics, "The Glorkian Warrior "is his first book with a traditional publisher.
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