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Publisher: Perennial Currents / HarperCollins
Release Date: October 12, 2004
ISBN: 0060568518
Format Reviewed: Paperback
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Genre:   Nonfiction / Art / Cartooning
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Brenda Weeaks
Reviewer Notes:  

Strangers in Paradise: Treasury Edition  
By Terry Moore

      This is a book for "Strangers in Paradise" (SiP) fans, as well as up and coming comic artists. Moore talks about himself as an artist and about a series which took on a life of its own.

     "The 'Strangers in Paradise Treasury Edition' is more than an overview of the comic book series, it is also a chance for me to share with you where my ideas come from, how I work and why a guy like me writes about people like Katchoo."

      That almost sums it up. Terry Moore has much, much more to say, and he does it with humor and intelligence. Moore includes quite a few out-takes from his series.

      Moore begins with his discovery of the Self Publishing movement and how it gave him courage to go forward with his own comics. Through examination of his own work, Moore tells how he discovered the two original characters that show up the most in his work, and how he decided to try satire in contemporary relationships. Moore shows some of his first comics with Katchoo, Francine and David. Readers also get a good look at Moore's first unpublished issue. One can see his characters slowly developing. The book includes cover art, the original series and the new series. As you read parts of the series, Moore explains the scenes and the characters. The Final Note isn't surprising, although why men think women who are lifelong friends eventually become lovers is beyond me. If you're looking for behind-the-scenes information about SiP, this is where you'll find it.