Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush
by Luis Alberto Urrea and Christopher Cardinale


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
Paperback
  • $17.95
  • 20% off for Members: Get the Club Price
    $ 14.36
Add to Cart
+ Add to Wishlist
In Stock.

FREE Shipping for Club Members
 
> Check In-Store Availability

In-Store pricing may vary

 
 
New & Used Marketplace 26 copies from $4.99
 
 
 

More About Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea; Christopher Cardinale
 
 
 
Overview
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 announces--on 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 adaptation...may have found the ideal way to present magical realism graphically."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781933693231
  • ISBN-10: 1933693231
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press
  • Publish Date: June 2010
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Literary

 
BAM Customer Reviews