Wally Gropius

Be the first to review this product

Availability: In stock

$18.99
OR

Quick Overview

Superficially resembling 1960s teenage humor comics, Tim Hensley’s graphic novel Wally Gropius is actually an acute satire of power, celebrityhood, and modern culture that tells the story of the titular character, who bears a closer resemblance to a teenaged Richie Rich or a classmate of Archie Andrews at Riverdale High than he does the famous Bauhaus architect whose name he shares.

Wally Gropius

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

More Views

  • Wally Gropius

Details

Wally is the human Dow Jones, the heir to a vast petrochemical conglomerate. When the elder Thaddeus Gropius confronts Wally with the boilerplate plot ultimatum that he must marry “the saddest girl in the world” or be disinherited, a yarn unravels that is part screwball comedy and part unhinged parable on the lucrativeness of changing your identity.

Hensley’s dialogue is witty, lyrical, sampled, dada, and elliptical — all in the service of a very bizarre mystery. There’s sex, violence, rock and roll, intrigue, and betrayal — all brought home in Hensley’s truly inimitable style. Created during an era when another well-off “W” was stuffing the coffers of the morbidly solvent, Wally Gropius transforms futile daydreams and nightmares into the absurdity of capital.

Originally serialized in Fantagraphics' house anthology Mome, the story is presented here in a larger format with additional, previously unseen material. “One of my favorite ‘graphic novels’ of all time. Hilarious and utterly unique, Wally Gropius is a work of unassuming genius that rewards on ever-deepening levels with each rereading.” — Daniel Clowes

Check out this 6-page .pdf excerpt.

Additional Information

Author Tim Hensley
Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Page Count 64pp
Publication Size 10 x 12.5
Publication Notes hardcover, color
Publication Date May 19, 2010
ISBN 978-1606993552

You may also be interested in the following product(s)

Hotwire Comics Volume 1

Hotwire Comics Volume 1

$19.95
Hotwire Comics Volume 2

Hotwire Comics Volume 2

$22.99
The Doofus Omnibus

The Doofus Omnibus

$16.95
Wilson

Wilson

$21.95

Product Tags

Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.