On the back cover:
From the migration, to the mob, to marinara... It's the Italian-American experience like you've never seen it before!
With the first installation of the Two Italian Guys comic series, Chris Yura introduces his cast of characters through an eclectic collection of stories. A fast-paced mafia vignette is followed by the main tale, which pulls the reader into the lives of the Contino family members. Immigrant father Francesco wants sons Frankie and Sammy to earn an honest living, but Sammy's tired of being just another blue collar chump and has his sights set on bigger things. And last but certainly not least, Two Italian Guys wouldn't be complete without cantankerous TV chef Lou Peppino, whose culinary skills almost make up for his lack of social skills. Almost. Lou and his crew of anthropomorphic veggies star in comedic interludes, presenting opinionated commentary as well as delicious Italian recipes from Lou's own kitchen. Striking a perfect balance between humor and hitmen, Two Italian Guys is sure to please.
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In his debut comic work Two Italian Guys, cartoonist Chris Yura pays homage to the grand history, grisly mob culture, and great foods that are Italian-America. Yura draws on his family's own past to weave a rich narrative that says goodbye to the old country and casts off for the land of opportunity. Transitioning into Depression-era America, we follow two first generation brothers who think they deserve more than dead end jobs and, if they ignore their father's advice, may have found the answer.
Raised in a culture that worships homemade meals and quality cuisine, Yura's nod to those who share his intolerance of bad food is evident in the short stories starring TV chef Lou Peppino. Lou may toss out more insults than instructions to his viewing audience, but he does reveal authentic, easy to follow Italian recipes to show that anyone can make something good to eat! Wittily strung together with a hearty helping of mob hits and pop culture references, Yura's straightforward style will appeal to everyone.Review:
Two Italian Guys is a small press comic book that has the production values of a hardcover picture book. But the language and innuendoes inside are strictly, Hey kids, adults only faire.
The book's landscape orientation delivers a pleasing format for the short comical adventures inside. The stories all play off Italian stereotypes wiseguys, pizanos, and goombas but everything's out on the table so no offensive, capish?
The main event is Two Italian Guys, the story. A tale of two brothers, first generation Americans, growing up and finding their place in an Italian neighborhood in Scranton, PA. The opening chapter of their continuing saga takes just half of the book's 38 pages.
The rest is filled with shorter stories: A couple of wiseguys, one of whom eats, shoots, and leaves. A chef trades quips with his entourage of anthropomorphic ingredients in two different adventures. Yura also throws in a few authentic Italian recipes and some phony advertisements to round out this entertaining package.
I like Yura's cartooning. He tells his stories in a straightforward style and his pages are packed with panels. The book is always amusing and entertaining, if not outright hilarious. It's delivered in an usually upscale package, but its contents are friendly and accessible. You could say it's like a good pizza, served at a fancy table. So whad'ya waiting for? Eat already!
Copyright 2010 Richard Krauss, Midnight Fiction --Midnight Fiction
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Descrizione libro Mangia Industry, 2010. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0984372709