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The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story Collector's Edition (Anglais) Relié – 19 novembre 2013

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"Tiwary's writing is clever, nuanced, and surprises in a story that could have been told drably, and Robinson's artwork is beautiful, moving smoothly through washed out painting and hard-lined comic illustration." --The Creators Project --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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The Fifth Beatle is the untold true story of Brian Epstein, the visionary manager who discovered and guided the Beatles - from their gigs in a tiny cellar in Liverpool to unprecedented international stardom. Yet more than merely the story of "The Man Who Made the Beatles," The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the struggle to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. Brian himself died painfully lonely at the young age of thirty-two, having helped the Beatles prove through "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" that pop music could be an inspirational art form. He was homosexual when it was a felony to be so in the United Kingdom, Jewish at a time of anti-Semitism, and from Liverpool when it was considered just a dingy port town. This collector's edition of this groundbreaking graphic novel features a textured cover and a section of bonus materials including unique Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers.

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Great art, terrible writing 4 mars 2014
Par Victor Bianchin de Oliveira - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I was immediately attracted to this book when I saw some pages on the internet and realized how beautiful it was. I bought it and waited patiently figuring this would finally tell the story of Brian Epstein in a proper way.

Turns out the art really is amazing. Andrew C. Robinson's drawings are not only beautiful and full of detail, but they're also painted with splendid colors that make the pages jump out at you. He is a master of light and shadow and each page has such beautiful contrast that you just have to stop and admire it. Also, his art retains a certain "60s feel" to it that is just perfect for the theme.

The bad thing is, Vivek Tiwari's writing is not up to it. His script feels rushed and disconnected, and some points of Brian's story go by mostly ingored (his childhood and his discovery as a homossexual, for instance). There are holes in the plot (The Beatles are introduced as a trio and the whole Pete Best's demise thing is completely ignored; then Ringo appears out of nowhere). A lot of characters are portrayed in a charicatural, almost cartoonish way, like Brian's parents, who appear as a smiling, mechanical, conflict-free pair of robots. And what to say of the Beatles, who only speak in punchlines? A lot of times, I felt I was reading a parody rather than a serious biography.

Only worth buying for the art.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 THE FIFTH BEATLE: FIRST ON YOUR WISH LIST! 27 novembre 2013
Par Robert Pendarvis - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'd been looking forward to reading this book for many moons now, following various sneak preview posts and tidbits on facebook and elsewhere. I've been a fan of artist Andrew Robinson's work for literally decades, having had the great pleasure of being one of his "teachers" at the Savanah College of Design. Now that I think of it, we even had the occasional opportunity to collaborate (Andy provided exquisitely rendered illustrations for a number of movie reviews I wrote for the school newspaper).

I mention all this just to clear the air in the spirit of "full disclosure." After all, one's suspicions are always raised when you read an unapologetically RAVE review like the one I'm posting here.

First of all, even though the story of Brian Epstein was thoroughly researched by author Vivek Tiwary, this is far, far from a straightforward narrative. Choosing instead to go with a more expressionistic, surreal approach, The Fifth Beatle takes quite a few liberties with both the story and the storytelling, and the reader is all the better for it. I can still remember the disappointing feeling I had while reading 1977's Marvel Super Special Number 7: The Beatles Story, written by David Anthony Kraft and drawn by George Perez and Klaus Janson. Despite being a fan of all three creators, it was sadly obvious that their by-the-numbers hack job didn't come close to capturing the essence and excitement of all-things Beatles. It read like it was produced by a committee, without a shred of creativity or inspiration. It was nothing more than "product," not remotely to be confused with art.

But The Fifth Beatle is something different, something new. This is apparent right from the start, via an almost wordless five-page opening sequence, portraying Brian's private struggles to find personal happiness (looking for randy sailors down by the docks) in contrast with Liverpudlian teenagers seeking the communal joys of a Cavern Club concert appearance by The Beatles. Robinson uses a limited palette of blues and greys to suggest the limited options and quiet desperation of life in Northern England in general, and Brian Epstein's closeted life specifically. Of course, once Brian's path intersects with The Beatles, the color palette opens up considerably, with all the appropriately powerful symbolism this historic pairing deserves.

Throughout the book, the art works its magic in subtle and not-so-subtle ways, much the same way the best music of The Beatles combined instantly accessible melodies with innovative arrangements and unique sounds (backwards guitars, sitars, tape loops). His images of Brian and The Beatles are equal parts larger-than-life caricatures and sensitively nuanced character studies. The page designs and panel layouts, while always serving the needs of the story, are also never afraid to take chances, constantly taking advantage of Andy's innate sense of graphic design, along with his painterly "anything goes" mindset. Any fan of his illustration and comics art needs to be aware that this book is overflowing with some of the most outstanding artwork of his career--and the collector's edition is packed with bonus pages showcasing original penciled art and preliminary character designs sketches, along with Andy's comments about his process. For many, this will be reason enough to purchase a copy (or two) of this book.

Most of the art in The Fifth Beatle was produced by Andy Robinson, but celebrated comic artist Kyle Baker contributes a brief, but very effective sequence that reads like an never-aired episode of The Beatles 60s cartoon show, detailing The Beatles' bizarre, horrific treatment while on tour in the Philippines.

Some critics have harped on some of the clunkier aspects of the script, such as the frequent use of Beatles' songs within the dialogue between characters. But I'd rather focus on how author Vivek Tiwary chose to craft a more poetic, magical realist tale of the true story of how one man's fierce determination to love and to share love, ultimately led to a worldwide lovefest for the music of The Beatles and everything it represents. "All You Need Is Love," the 1967 anthem of the "summer of love" itself, has also often been criticised for its naive message, but history has proven that most people strongly disagree, rightfully understanding that, yes, all you really DO need is love. Vivek's script for The Fifth Beatle is just the right amount of pyschological probing and heartfelt stargazing. The brutal reality of his tortured private life is there for all to see, but so is his easily empathetic need to be loved, and his need to bring love to the rest of the world.

For a more "accurate" account of Brian Epstein's life before and after The Beatles, you'll need to search elsewhere. But if you're interested in reading a beautifully imagined and gorgeously illustrated story that uncovers the truth behind the truth, look no further. Plans are already well underway to adapt The Fifth Beatle into a motion picture, but this graphic novel stands on its own, a labor of love for all concerned, and a moving tribute to a relatively unsung hero in The Beatles' saga.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Heart and Mind of the man behind the myth. 29 octobre 2014
Par Juan Ramon Umana Fernandez - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
One of the most beautiful Comics I've ever read or seen,

Most of the times you hear about The Beatles is about the band, the songs, the rivalries or even the effect they had on society as a rock band or as a pop culture icon. Never about the work of the men and women behind who allowed this to ever take place to begin with.

The Fifth beatle takes a look at the era, the music, the industry and the manager who read through all this in order to ensure his boys would become the icons we know them for today. In a tragic and lonely road for the man who brought a smile to the world and without whom the celebration of the beatles and their work wouldn't have happend and how, as you might have guessed it, there's something to be said about the man behind the myth and how much credit and admiration he deserves as a person and as architect of pop music and rock and roll for years to come.

To put it bluntly, as much as John, Paul, George or Ringo are regarded as genius and legends to our history, they would have never been seen or heard on their own, if it wasn't for Eptein's intervention and work behind the desk to push them to become what they are.

If you are a history aficiondo the book is perfect for you, as well as a Beatles Fan and good story telling. But most importantly, as an anecdote of people in the ever changing landscape of the 60's-70's and the drama that was felt on those days and how some cope with it.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Epstein fans - pass on this trash 6 mai 2017
Par Marthaoo - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The drawings are absurd. the script is stereotypical. Big hype when this book came out. It is truly awful. Pass.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful Beautiful Read 9 novembre 2014
Par Mr. Kyle Reis - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Holy Andrew C Robinson!!!!! If the story was trash, this book would receive a five star rating alone for the art. I cannot say or express enough how gorgeous of a book this is. It is breathtaking.
That isn't to take away from Vivek Tiwary's story which is equal parts engaging, interesting, funny and ultimately tragic. This is by far one of the best Original Graphic Novel's I have ever read, and it should go down with all of the other classics like Watchmen or Persepolis.
Even if you aren't a fan of The Beatles, this story will draw you in and hook you.
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