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Picking up where they left off, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics present the third volume of strips from the massive Achewood archive. As with the previous collections, author Chris Onstad includes extensive character backstories, thorough strip annotations, the celebrated alt-texts, and many print-only extras in the classic Achewood style. TIME magazine named back-to-back I Picking up where they left off, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics present the third volume of strips from the massive Achewood archive. As with the previous collections, author Chris Onstad includes extensive character backstories, thorough strip annotations, the celebrated alt-texts, and many print-only extras in the classic Achewood style. TIME magazine named back-to-back Ignatz Award-winner Achewood its 2007 Graphic Novel of the Year, and legions of devoted fans consistently report that it makes them feel the way Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes did when they were young.


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Picking up where they left off, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics present the third volume of strips from the massive Achewood archive. As with the previous collections, author Chris Onstad includes extensive character backstories, thorough strip annotations, the celebrated alt-texts, and many print-only extras in the classic Achewood style. TIME magazine named back-to-back I Picking up where they left off, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics present the third volume of strips from the massive Achewood archive. As with the previous collections, author Chris Onstad includes extensive character backstories, thorough strip annotations, the celebrated alt-texts, and many print-only extras in the classic Achewood style. TIME magazine named back-to-back Ignatz Award-winner Achewood its 2007 Graphic Novel of the Year, and legions of devoted fans consistently report that it makes them feel the way Bloom County and Calvin & Hobbes did when they were young.

30 review for Achewood Volume 3: A Home for Scared People

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leigh Anne

    Cats and dogs are rude, man. Rude as fucking hell. The long-running bromance between Ray and Roast Beef is the centerpiece of this volume. Beef's depression also moves closer to center stage, as seen most strongly in the wildly improbable storyline where the poor boy steals a rocket ship and flies himself to the moon. Onstad has a way of weaving bizarre moments like this into a mostly realistic strip in such a way that they feel perfectly plausible (of COURSE somebody in Achewood would have a roc Cats and dogs are rude, man. Rude as fucking hell. The long-running bromance between Ray and Roast Beef is the centerpiece of this volume. Beef's depression also moves closer to center stage, as seen most strongly in the wildly improbable storyline where the poor boy steals a rocket ship and flies himself to the moon. Onstad has a way of weaving bizarre moments like this into a mostly realistic strip in such a way that they feel perfectly plausible (of COURSE somebody in Achewood would have a rocket ship, and of COURSE it would have a sex poster labeled "Fuckin'" on the bathroom wall). Philippe, the underage otter who really shouldn't be raised by this crew, and Todd (everybody's favorite delinquent squirrel) make guest appearances as well, with cameos from Vlad, Liebot, Pat, and Teodor. But back to the Ray/Roast Beef show: the introductory / supplementary essays explore the long-running friendship, and include an interview Onstad conducts with his characters that comes across as perfectly reasonable considering he's technically talking to himself. Ray, who comes from money and has opinions about everything, is constantly coming up with get-rich schemes, business ventures, and other adventures that meek, adoring Roast Beef goes along with, because what else is there to do? He'd rather be programming, or brooding over having never kissed a lady, but left to his own devices Roast Beef tends to end up...well, stealing rocket ships and flying them to the moon. They anchor each other in ways only long-time best friends can, and underneath all the trash talk, sex talk, bro talk, and absurd talk, there's a real affection there. The kind you express through arm-punching and sharing beers. Achewood is definitely a boys' club: the only woman present at this point in time, Ray's long-suffering girlfriend Tina, is a one-dimensional foil to show off just how clueless Ray is about women. Molly has not yet appeared; once she does, the strip takes on a gentler (but weirder) approach to relationships (time travel, anybody?) and rescues Roast Beef from The Depression, but for now it's all booze, bros, and rude titties (from porn, not Tina). The best way to booktalk Achewood is to call it the testosterone-fueled adventures of a pack of foul-mouthed animals and gauge the direction of your rec based on that response. Those already hip to the webcomic will probably ask for it by name, but this is an optional purchase for all but the largest graphic novel collections, due to its niche audience. Recommended for dudes struggling with The Depression and anyone who will be more amused than offended by this send-up of masculinity and its woes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Steven Werber

    Did you like Zippy the Pinhead? This may be for you. More surreal than absurdist though...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Onstad takes another trip down memory lane with another collection of early Achewood. The comics content is five stars because, well, it's Achewood. Onstad's side commentary in this one is weirdly self-deprecatory for a set of strips that while it's definitely early stuff, isn't THAT bad. The best part of these collections, though, is still Onstad's long-form text pieces that accompany the comics, which are just crammed with great lines themselves. (I can't remember the exact line now, but at on Onstad takes another trip down memory lane with another collection of early Achewood. The comics content is five stars because, well, it's Achewood. Onstad's side commentary in this one is weirdly self-deprecatory for a set of strips that while it's definitely early stuff, isn't THAT bad. The best part of these collections, though, is still Onstad's long-form text pieces that accompany the comics, which are just crammed with great lines themselves. (I can't remember the exact line now, but at one point Beef describes Ray's high school career as "Ray was so bad in school that when he was all done they retired the F." Ray's response? "Just like Jordan.") It's a little sad to be writing this now, with Achewood not having updated since April, possibly never to return again, but it's nice to know that we'll always have these books to try and encapsulate Achewood.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Another beautiful Dark Horse edition of one of my favorite web comics ever. This collection takes us back to the early days of the strip in 2002, and while the strip has evolved quite a bit since then, there is still plenty in these early strips to remind me why I love Achewood so damn much. Nicely reproduces the alt text under each strip, along with some annotation from Onstad (which is occasionally too self-deprecating, but usually worthwhile), and some new prose pieces that are just lovely. N Another beautiful Dark Horse edition of one of my favorite web comics ever. This collection takes us back to the early days of the strip in 2002, and while the strip has evolved quite a bit since then, there is still plenty in these early strips to remind me why I love Achewood so damn much. Nicely reproduces the alt text under each strip, along with some annotation from Onstad (which is occasionally too self-deprecating, but usually worthwhile), and some new prose pieces that are just lovely. Note - This collection includes one of my favorites: http://achewood.com/index.php?date=06...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Damon

    I'm bummed that Dark Horse seems to have dropped these collections after the 3rd one. Achewood is probably the best ongoing webcomic, and these hardbacks are a really beautiful way to enjoy it. There's a lot of really funny original backmatter added, as well as creator commentary on each strip - much more pleasant than sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time. Great stuff. This volume leaves off in October of 2002, though, so there's a lot more to go. I'm bummed that Dark Horse seems to have dropped these collections after the 3rd one. Achewood is probably the best ongoing webcomic, and these hardbacks are a really beautiful way to enjoy it. There's a lot of really funny original backmatter added, as well as creator commentary on each strip - much more pleasant than sitting in front of the computer for hours at a time. Great stuff. This volume leaves off in October of 2002, though, so there's a lot more to go.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrz Worf

    Still the funniest, smartest, weirdest strip currently running. Occasionally transcendent. These anthologies of older material are nice because they are sidesplitting from time to time, but also because it's nice to see Onstad getting control of his strip and his characters. There's a definite charm to the older work, but this particular book may be for those who are already convinced. Still the funniest, smartest, weirdest strip currently running. Occasionally transcendent. These anthologies of older material are nice because they are sidesplitting from time to time, but also because it's nice to see Onstad getting control of his strip and his characters. There's a definite charm to the older work, but this particular book may be for those who are already convinced.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    Onstad continues to be weird and funny. A Home for Scared People doesn't measure up to The Great Outdoor Fight but it's a lot more engaging than Ugliest Guitar. Someday I hope to learn where Todd got his tiny little van. Good stuff. Onstad continues to be weird and funny. A Home for Scared People doesn't measure up to The Great Outdoor Fight but it's a lot more engaging than Ugliest Guitar. Someday I hope to learn where Todd got his tiny little van. Good stuff.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Documents the point where Achewood hits its stride.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Duncan Moore

  10. 4 out of 5

    C

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  12. 5 out of 5

    Seth

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grayson

  14. 5 out of 5

    D

  15. 5 out of 5

    Onfim

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kelty

  17. 4 out of 5

    Branson Reese

  18. 4 out of 5

    Erniehearn

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raggy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ben Baker

  21. 5 out of 5

    Clayton

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iain Harlow

  23. 4 out of 5

    Avi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Boardman

  25. 4 out of 5

    CJ

  26. 4 out of 5

    Piers

    The storylines start to lose focus a little bit, but the additional text about Ray and Roast Beef's relationship is gently heartbreaking. The storylines start to lose focus a little bit, but the additional text about Ray and Roast Beef's relationship is gently heartbreaking.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David B

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justin Rogers

  29. 5 out of 5

    Craig Ferguson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charity

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