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Becoming Andy Warhol

2.72  ·  Rating details ·  120 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Celebrated during his lifetime as much for his personality as for his paintings, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) is the man who invented Pop Art, the notion of 15 minutes of fame, and the idea that an artist could be as illustrious as the work he creates. With a unique, focused look at Warhol’s life, this graphic novel biography offers insight into the turning point of Warhol’s ca ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2018 by Abrams ComicArts (first published October 4th 2016)
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    Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This stylistic romp does nothing to perpetuate the artist's genius, something which I rather truly craved. But no matter, for we find out, ultimately that he's a hack with a miasma of strangeness so many NYC malcontents found appealing and ultimately even salvific (intimately & art world-wise). He does nothing for me, personally. And after this lush bio, the only artist I care an eye for would be Nick Bertozzi!

    Because "police files are our only claim to immortality..." (87)
    David Schaafsma
    "Police files are our only claim to immortality."--Warhol

    “The only time I ever want to be something is outside a party so I can get in.” --Warhol

    Not a real biography. A set of vignettes from the mid-sixties to sort of give you an idea of what Warhol might have been like in the time his career as an artist was just beginning to take off. It’s not an admirable portrait; it’s about a guy who was making good money as an illustrator who wanted to stop drawing shoes and become a celebrity. And he did.
    Rod Brown
    Mar 04, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Well, this is a mess that fails to satisfy on any level. The art is sketchy and sloppy, making it hard to distinguish characters. I had a hard time picking even Warhol out on some pages. The dialogue is just as vague and sketchy as it meanders toward a point. This is not an engaging story and certainly not a good source of information about Warhol outside the two page timeline at the front of the book. Most of the scenes presented in the body of the book just left me asking why is this happening ...more
    Brian Rothbart
    Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    This review is based on the e-book, so it was a little hard to make out all the details on the illustrations, but it was still a wonderful read.

    This graphic novel biography begins when Warhol’s is starting to change his career from an illustrator for shoes to an artist through his creation of the Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural for the 1964 World’s Fair. It details how Warhol stood up to his convictions, going against the art establishment into become one of the most iconic art talents of our tim
    Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: True fans of Andy Warhol with sufficient knowledge of his life and works
    This book offered a bit biographical background on Andy Warhol in a very accessible format, the graphic novel. As a biography it was very light and not quite so cohesive. I did learn a bit about Mr. Warhol but I think one would have to be fairly fluent in his bio to get a lot out of the book. It seemed to jump from event to event with little connective tissue. It also requires one to know the names of the people involved and a bit of their history in order to achieve a full understanding of even ...more
    Sep 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Confused, mushy storytelling and indistinct characters. Abandoned it.
    Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Don't read this expecting a true biography -- this is a curious series of vignettes that show pivotal moments in Andy Warhol's career, the interactions and influences that shaped his identity as an artist. Some of them are amusing, such as getting coached by a friend on how to give confounding interview answers! Others are downbeat, especially when we see many, many exampes of how easily Warhol would pick up and discard other people on his own climb to fame.

    Overall it's a bit confusing, and the
    Carol Taylor
    I picked this graphic book off a Washburn Library display that featured books about gays. I am familiar with Warhol because my son is a huge fan of his. This book covers his early years of becoming famous when he stopped doing illustrations for print advertising and switched to the works which made him famous. It was interesting to read a little about how this happened. However, except for the timeline at the beginning of the book, I thought it was hard to follow. I kept going back to the timeli ...more
    Yersinia Pestis
    Becoming Andy Warhol (2016)

    La graphic novel si concentra sul periodo 1962-64, ma risulta poco incisiva nel modo di raccontare i fatti, soprattutto se paragonata a Warhol. L'intervista di Adriano Barone che, pur prendendo in considerazione tutta la vita dell'artista e quindi dovendo per forza di cose sintetizzare alcuni passaggi, riesce comunque a introdurre meglio personaggi e eventi. Inoltre in questo libro si percepisce un giudizio di fondo negativo su Warhol, che è in fondo solo uno degli asp
    Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: graphic-novel
    The art is really sloppy and not a style I personally enjoy. I couldn't tell the difference between characters, neither from the art or the dialogue, and it was difficult to understand what was going on in the plot because the art was so poorly rendered. If you already know quite a bit about Warhol (important people in his life, moments that led to his success) then you may enjoy this book as an interpretation and retelling of those stories. If you're not as familiar with Warhol (as I am) you ma ...more
    Mark Victor Young
    Not a fan of the artwork in this bio-graphical piece. Not terrible, but just seemed vague and New Yorker cartoonish. The visual storytelling was well crafted and the scene setting and transitions well executed. Dialogue good. Sense of time and place mostly good. I guess my main objection was to the man himself. He doesn't come off as sympathetic as the author intended, I don't think. Not at all likeable, which surprised me. Mostly a greedy, selfish little poser.
    Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Interesting. Enjoyed the format. A great introduction to Andy Warhol. A lot of information was conveyed with few words and terrific graphics. It really gives the reader a sense of how Andy grew into a celebrity artist.
    It was fine. I know a good amount about Warhol's life and career already - I'm not really sure who this book was aimed at, honestly, as it's an odd series of vignettes taken from his early career and then up through some years at the Factory. I dunno; just not my favorite thing this year.
    Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Very weak art. I did learn some things about Warhol that I did not know before (which is why I did not give this a 1). After reading this, I have even less respect for Warhol than I did before I started reading it.
    Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2017-read-books
    A very cool little book.
    Judy G
    May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    So well cartooned yet the story thread I think was too large as was life of Warhol.
    Elliot Chalom
    I don’t think I could write a better or more accurate review than this one: Read Rod's 1-star review of Becoming Andy Warhol by Nick Bertozzi
    Edward Sullivan
    A look at the turning point of Warhol’s career with the creation of the Thirteen Most Wanted Men mural for the 1964 World’s Fair.
    Danu Labda
    The art is cute, but there's not a solid narrative and no memorable scene.
    Mar 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    I was so excited when I saw this book, I love Andy Warhol. Andy was known for being quirky and odd but this took it beyond that. The book was hard to follow, normally I love graphic novels but this was all over the place. When I finally finish it was a relief to be over and done with. This was a big disappointment from a book I was looking forward to reading.
    Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Becoming Andy Warhol a book written by New York Times bestselling writer Nick Bertozzi and artist Pierce Hargan is the beautiful, captivating graphic novel of the first steps of this pop artist in the environment. It will be published by Abrams at the beginning of October.

    Black, white and purple the colors used for this graphic novel divided in chapters. You will find it surely interesting.

    Andy Warhol has been the most known artist of pop art of XX century and the most venerated icon of the sect
    Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: graphic-novels
    I really enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book when Andy is still doing shoe illustrations and not selling paintings. His mother lives with him and his assistants start getting jealous of each other as fame grows.

    The last 1/4 of the book Andy was just being a dick and creating a shitty persona to keep himself famous. And the book just ends there.

    The illustrations were perfect. I'm reading Isaac Mizrahi's Sandee comics (illustrator: William Crawley) and the story flow and silhouettes are similar.
    Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I’m not the intended audience for this book as I don’t enjoy or engage with graphic novels. I didn’t realise it was one when I requested it from NetGalley, but having been sent it I duly read it and found it original and well executed and an interesting personal interpretation of the early Warhol and his evolution as an artist. I’m not sure that it adds anything to our knowledge or understanding of him as man or artist, but anyone who enjoys the format will surely appreciate and enjoy it.
    Maggie Gordon
    Given my complete and utter lack of art history knowledge, perhaps I was not the audience for this book. I found that the narrative jumped around, and I have difficulty keeping track of the different characters, or why I should care about them. The art was quite nice though, which is what led me to pick up the volume in the first place. For people with an interest in this subject, the book seems well-researched; it just wasn't for me.
    Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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    Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Jonny Parshall
    A superb story. I started it with the assumption the art was inadequate, but changed my mind by page 2. The art is perfect.
    Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads
    Art work: 5*
    Story: Jumps around and is very erratic. It is dynamic, however, and gives insight into Warhol's personality from a whole new perspective.
    ✒ Noora
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    Oct 22, 2017
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