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Mister Bookseller is a short comic by Darko Macan (translated from the original Croatian by a helpful blogger) about a bookseller who stocks almost every book in the world.
posted by CrunchyFrog (21 comments total) 42 users marked this as a favorite

That's beautiful, man. Thanks.
posted by SansPoint at 10:44 PM on September 5, 2008

Reading this prompted me to track down and purchase a copy of my favorite book from childhood (The Alligator and his Uncle Tooth by Geoffrey Hayes, if you must know) that I lent to a girlfriend and never saw again. Until she left with that particular book, loss had never been so personal or profound.

This was a great dramatization of regret. Shoot, made me spend four dollars and two minutes looking for a book, after all. Very well done; my compliments to the author and poster.
posted by Graygorey at 10:45 PM on September 5, 2008

Thank God, another bookseller comic. Just when I was getting worried with the glut of librarian comics, a fresh breath of air hits my screen.
posted by redsparkler at 12:23 AM on September 6, 2008

posted by redsparkler at 12:25 AM on September 6, 2008

This was great: it's a nice reminder of why I have the best job in the world. Time to throw together my lunch, then it's off to open up the bookstore...
posted by Kinbote at 5:06 AM on September 6, 2008

Olsen's Standard Book of British Birds (expurgated edition)
posted by kcds at 5:22 AM on September 6, 2008 [1 favorite]

That was wonderful. Thanks very much.
posted by languagehat at 7:50 AM on September 6, 2008

Oh, that's really sweet. Fantastic illustrations.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:29 AM on September 6, 2008

kcds: Is that the one by Farles Wickens with four Ms and a silent Q? Why don't you try W.H. Smith?
posted by The Bellman at 8:55 AM on September 6, 2008

Is that the one by Farles Wickens with four Ms and a silent Q?

(I believe you mean "Mmmmarles Pickensq")
posted by LooseFilter at 10:02 AM on September 6, 2008


That was just beautiful in so many ways, I don't even know where to start. So... I won't... I'll just go read it again.

Thanks for posting that.
posted by vertigo25 at 10:03 AM on September 6, 2008

Bellman: I haven't got any money, and I can't read
posted by kcds at 10:23 AM on September 6, 2008

This is great. Now I have to find a copy of "mystery of the orange cat", and it seems it won't be easy.
posted by radiobishop at 12:23 PM on September 6, 2008

radiobishop, if you don't mind having it in German, this might help.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:52 PM on September 6, 2008

The original Czech title seems to be "Tajemství oranžové kočky".
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:54 PM on September 6, 2008

I highly recommend Macan's work on Grendel Tales with the sadly late Edvin Biukovic. On the surface it's a kickass tale that manages to be affecting without being maudlin, but when you go deeper Macan deftly uses Matt Wagner's post-apocalyptic future to comment on the conflicts in the former Yugoslavian countries of the early nineties.

Thanks for the post, CrunchyFrog, that was lovely.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:01 PM on September 6, 2008

thanks a ton for that. haven't read it yet, but i really like his art and the only other thing i've read of his is the grendel tales comics. which are really, really good and highly recommended.
posted by andywolf at 7:36 PM on September 6, 2008

uh, what AA said.
posted by andywolf at 7:37 PM on September 6, 2008

Lovely comic, CrunchyFrog. Thank you for sharing it.
posted by Georgina at 4:13 AM on September 7, 2008

Thanks for that.
posted by ersatz at 7:14 AM on September 7, 2008

Wow, Darko Macan ending up on Metafilter favorites page? Pretty impressive. He's one of my favorite writers artists publishers people in Croatia. Besides writing, drawing, editing and publishing lots of fantastic comics, books and magazines, he's just an overall great guy. :)

For anyone interested in more of his work, here is his blog, and uh, another blog of his, and oh look, yet another blog (but this one is mostly his sketches, so everyone not speaking Croatian might understand it a bit better than the other two), and let's not forget the blog dedicated to Macan's comic magazine, QStrip.

If you happen to understand Croatian, you can follow his web comics Martina Mjesec, Mister Mačak and Sergej.

He wrote several young adult and science fiction novels, which are all great (and to prove this I can send you my copies of his books if you want and understand the language ;)).

Sorry for this infomercial, but I just love this guy. :)
posted by gakiko at 9:39 AM on September 7, 2008

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