Mr Mendoza's Paintbrush
A Graphic Novel


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Mr Mendoza's Paintbrush
A Graphic Novel

by Luis Alberto Urrea (Author)
Christopher Cardinale (Illustrator)



ISBN: 9781933693231


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Mr Mendoza's Paintbrush: A Graphic Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea and Christopher Cardinale (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781933693231)

"Urrea's delightful tale of morality and meaning is rendered masterfully by Cardinale's boisterous illustrations, their bold outlines providing heft to the surrealism... An enchanting exploration of life's myriad mysteries. Kirkus Review, April 15, 2010

"This lovely comics adaptation of a short story by major Latino writer Urrea may have found the ideal way to present magical realism graphically. Publishers Weekly, May 3, 2010

"VERDICT: Cardinale's colorful, wood-block-style art paints this lively tale about Rosario and its townspeople with nostalgia and humor. A gem." Library Journal, May 15, 2010

"Urrea's... short story has now been superbly adapted as a graphic novel by Cardinale." Jonathan Hunt, July 1, 2010

"Christopher Cardinale's muted earth tones and beautiful woodblock style mix fantasy with gritty reality; children and adults alike will be beguiled by this book." San Francisco Chronicle

"Christopher Cardinale's broad-brush art complements the story and gives it an air of magical realism. The art can be enjoyed independent of reading the tale." David Steinberg, June 27, 2010

"The richly colored artwork captures the town and its citizens in bold black lines filled with the heat and magic of Mexico. The quiet, lyrical text tells of urban legends and teenage lust tempered by guilt, and it's beautifully woven into the graphics" Sadie Mattox, July 1, 2010

"The [story] has now been turned into a graphic novel... vibrantly illustrated in a bold, woodcut style by Brooklyn cartoonist and muralist Christopher Cardinale." Steve Bennett, July 11, 2010

Be careful growing up in the green, wet, mango-sweet Mexican village of Rosario, where dead corpses rise up out of the cathedral walls during July when it always floods; where vast silver mines beneath the town occasionally collapse causing a whole section of the village to drop out of sight; where a man with a paintbrush, to wit Mr. Mendoza, is the town's self-appointed conscience.

Magic realism, you say to yourself. Luis Urrea affirms to the contrary, "Not magical realism. It's how kids grow up in Mexico. Especially if you're a boy." And the part about Mr. Mendoza is really really true: he brandishes his magical paintbrush everywhere, providing commentary to singe the hearts and souls of boys who are looking to get into trouble. If he catches you peeping at the girls bathing in the river, he'll steal your pants and paint PERVERT on your naked buttocks. And one day, he performs a painterly act which no one in Rosario ever forgets!

Luis Alberto Urrea is the author of the widely acclaimed novel The Hummingbird's Daughter and a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction for The Devil's Highway. Inducted into the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Luis was born in Tijuana, Mexico to a Mexican father and an American mother. This is his first graphic novel and a riveting book, like Vatos, which young adults will love.

Christopher Cardinale is a muralist and artist with a social message. His large-scale murals against globalization and war can be seen in New York, Italy, Greece and Mexico. He lives in Brooklyn. He is a regular contributor to the zine World War Three.

Mr. Mendoza, Mexico s self-described king of graffiti, blesses the small town of Rosario with his sardonic wit. Deflate your pomp or float away! he paints on the body of an unexpectedly exhumed monk. No intelligent life for 100 kilometers, he proclaims on the sign that announces Rosario s boundaries. The residents of Rosario tolerate or enjoy Mr. Mendoza s commentary as best they can. But the town goes crazy when Mendoza announceson the side of a pig Mendoza goes to heaven on Tuesday. Each new declaration from Mendoza drives speculation about his future. Suicide? Cancer? Syphillis? All the theories were in play until the Tuesday when Mendoza transformed his life with art. "Mr. Mendoza s Paintbrush" was originally written as a short story by Luis Alberto Urrea, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for "The Devil s Highway" and an Edgar Award winner for his short story Amapola. It was published in 2002 as part of his collection "Six Kinds of Sky." Artist Christopher Cardinale, whose graphic essays have appeared in the seminal magazines "World War III" and "Punk Planet," adapted the short story to the graphic novel form. And critics are raving about the outcome. "The Bloomsbury Review" says, "Mr. Mendoza s Paintbrush" is a rich gift, an off-center, enigmatic tale with a well-coupled balance of narration and art. Urrea and Cardinale are a match made in heaven. And "Publishers Weekly" adds that this lovely comics adaptationmay have found the ideal way to present magical realism graphically. "


ISBN 1933693231
ISBN13 9781933693231
Publisher Cinco Puntos Press,U.S.
Format Paperback
Publication date 01/06/2010
Pages 64
Weight (grammes) 372
Published in United States
Height (mm) 277
Width (mm) 213