Similar in tone to the legendary comic series Duplex Planet, Lapp s first graphic novel is a collection of stories about his work as an art teacher in an inner city Toronto youth drop in centre His students are full of stories which they are eager to share These include a family who picks worms at night on their knees, Vietnamese refugees, rope jumping girls, Venus flytrSimilar in tone to the legendary comic series Duplex Planet, Lapp s first graphic novel is a collection of stories about his work as an art teacher in an inner city Toronto youth drop in centre His students are full of stories which they are eager to share These include a family who picks worms at night on their knees, Vietnamese refugees, rope jumping girls, Venus flytraps, bullies and tamagotchis With a warmth of line and a uniquely charming storytelling style, Lapp s comics evoke the work of Chester Brown, and his black humour that of Joe Ollmann.
Drop In Similar in tone to the legendary comic series Duplex Planet Lapp s first graphic novel is a collection of stories about his work as an art teacher in an inner city Toronto youth drop in centre His st
I have conflicted feelings about this work. Dave Lapp shares stories from his time working at an art drop-in centre for kids. His stories feel honest and unflinching in their portrayal of his experience but the stories are told through an outsider's lens. Lapp seems removed from the kids and people he includes in his book and, as such, it feels like he depicts them as though they are "other" from him. Some of the stories he includes, such as a homeless person following him to the subway, express [...]
Drop-In may be labeled a graphic novel, but it's actually a graphic collection of short ethnographic and autoethnographic vignettes. Each piece chronicles Lapp's experiences working as an art instructor with children and teens in several drop-in centres in Toronto. Dave Lapp's book lives in an interesting intersection of anthropology, practitioner inquiry, and visual art. It thus raises a lot of interesting questions about how an observer/researcher chooses to represent his subjects of study and [...]
I picked this up in Brookline when I went to Johann's housewarming. Ben and I drew a florescent animal dance troupe while a grandma looked over our shoulders and told us how cool it was. It was cool. I spent Thanksgiving Day in bed feeling awful and reading this book. I don't know if it contributed to me not being able to get out of bed, or finally getting up. It's about a guy who works at a drop in art center in a city and the characters he meets day to day when he is open to the action.
It's accurate to say that I devoured this book. One of the reviews of it in the Toronto Star, I believe, notes that Lapp often is a passive presence in these vignettes, that he passes judgment with his very helplessness in the face of the social conditions in which he works. At first that bothered me, but I also totally empathize. It reminded me of some of the experiences I've had in my previous job. But nothing as intense as is in here.
Realistic portraits of troubled kids and teens at a local drop-in centre and the earnest, helpful white guy who delivers art therapy to those who need it most. Lots of unlikable people and some micro-narratives with poignant or humourour moments.
A quick read with an array of vignettes about a drop-in art center in inner-city Toronto, told from the perspective of an middle class kid who takes on a job there. He describes hilarious and disturbing stories about the adults and kids who frequent the center and the neighborhood around it.
I liked this; it reminded me of some of my own experiences working with children.
Depressing with a light hearted ending. I really liked it. Pretty heavy though.
some interesting story lines, nicely drawn, but no "wow" factor for me.
I like the premise but I am not quite sure - other than a series of vignettes - what Lapp wants to say with this book!
Boring & this drop-in worker is racist as hell