Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli

ASTERIOS POLYP, “a beautiful, staggeringly brilliant piece of literature” (Contra Costa Times), is now on sale.

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The triumphant return of one of comics’ greatest talents, with an engrossing story of one man’s search for love, meaning, sanity, and perfect architectural proportions. An epic story long awaited, and well worth the wait.

Meet Asterios Polyp: middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames. In a tenacious daze, he leaves the city and relocates to a small town in the American heartland. But what is this “escape” really about?

As the story unfolds, moving between the present and the past, we begin to understand this confounding yet fascinating character, and how he’s gotten to where he is. And isn’t. And we meet Hana: a sweet, smart, first-generation Japanese American artist with whom he had made a blissful life. But now she’s gone. Did Asterios do something to drive her away? What has happened to her? Is she even alive? All the questions will be answered, eventually.

In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli’s extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.

Asterios Polyp is David Mazzucchelli’s masterpiece: a great American graphic novel.


“It’s as if John Updike had discovered a bag of art supplies and LSD.”
Entertainment Weekly

“The comics world is abuzz over Mazzucchelli’s first solo book, Asterios Polyp. Rightly so: It’s terrific.”—New York Magazine

“One of the greatest comics of all time.” —Comic Book Resources

“Asterios Polyp will cause comic-book buffs to swoon, sure, but the narrative—after a fire, an arrogant architect slowly begins to rebuild his own life—makes it much more than a pretty picture book.” —Modern Tonic

“Mazzucchelli’s funny, harrowing and thought-provoking graphic novel is a remarkable portrait of an architect who is forced to build a new life for himself.” —San Francisco Chronicle Best Books of the Year

“Each panel is a moment in the story that when connected to other panels becomes part of a scene or sequence that is rich in storytelling and fertile with ideas, inquiry, and themes.” —ComicBookBin, A+ review

“This fan of the novel is an ever bigger fan of the magic that happens in comics, and only in comics, when text and art work together to create something wholly, wonderfully new. In books like Jimmy Corrigan—and the just released ASTERIOS POLYP by David Mazzucchelli, it happens on every. Single. Page.” —NPR.ORG

“A dazzling expertly constructed entertainment . . . that is a satirical comedy of remarriage, a treatise on aesthetics and design and ontology, late life Künstlerroman, a Novel of Ideas with two capital letters . . . ” —New York Times Book Review
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