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NOBODY'S FOOL The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

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NOBODY'S FOOL The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

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The true story of the inspiration for Zippy the Pinhead. Recommended. By Bill Griffith. "The best graphic novel of the year!” - R. Crumb. The story of Schlitzie’s long career—from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows. Schlitzie is best-known for his appearance in the cult classic film Freaks. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie’s role in the film are central here. Bill Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow “freak,” and much more.

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"The best graphic novel of the year!” - R. Crumb. The story of Schlitzie’s long career—from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros. Circus to small-town carnivals and big-city sideshows. Schlitzie is best-known for his appearance in the cult classic film Freaks. The making of Freaks and Schlitzie’s role in the film are central here. Bill Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow “freak,” and much more.

This graphic novel biography provides never-before-revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture.

Special die-cut cover.

“The underlying message of Nobody’s Fool? I get it—underneath our grandiose opinions of ourselves we’re all pinheads and freaks! Nobody’s Fool is boffo!" - R. Crumb

“With dense cross-hatching and lively, expressive character design, Griffith’s art straddles the line between absurdity and realism. Griffith gets at the central paradox at the heart of freak shows: while exploitative and demeaning, the shows created a loving, tight-knit community... Much like in Freaks, the revelation found in this illuminating work is that the true monsters are the “normal” people who line up to laugh at or abuse Schlitzie.” - Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

“Bill Griffith is amazing. While continuing to create one of the best daily comic strips, he has also produced a tour de force graphic novel. Nobody’s Fool is wonderfully told with affectionate detail and exquisite pen lines—an obvious labor of love.” - Patrick McDonnell, Mutts cartoonist

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Item Code NOBFH
Publisher Abrams Comic Art
Publish Date 2019
ISBN 9781419735011
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 248pg
Color b&w
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