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Speaking of second seasons, sad that Netflix cancelled those hour Daredevil stories? Just get used to it. Werner Herzog is even jumping on that Lightsaber action. Segar by Segar and Maresca. Self-published "Ditkoesque" by Daniel Clowes. Poochytown by Jim Woodring. Fantagraphics "If The Game" from Tales of the Mysterious Traveler no. Angloid by Alex Graham. Kilgore Parallel Lives by Olivier Schrauwen. Fantagraphics Ski Mask Jerry Vol. Self-published Dying of Thirst by Jon Mastantuono. Secret Prison. My gosh, what a year for comics it has been.
Sticking strictly to new English-language comics in print an arbitrary stipulation , the following list of a dozen captures some of what I found so delightful about comics this year. More selections and further commentary can be found at my KinderComics blog. The Prince and the Dressmaker , Jen Wang First Second A sumptuous fairy tale of crossdressing and dressmaking, of gender nonconformity and romance, rendered with grace and emotional acuity by a topnotch cartoonist.
You can see the John Stanley percolating in these comics—and much more. One problem: I want another volume, and I want it now. The romantic pair at the center are worth rooting for, but so is their crew of friends: a great cast. By turns tender and breathlessly suspenseful, this is an intimate epic.
Flocks , L. Nichols Secret Acres A memoir about growing up queer among fundamentalists, and a meditation on how our identities come from the communities, or flocks, around us though we may contest or even reject their terms. Zen-spare and lovely, and almost as distilled as cartooning can get — but, always, always, sounding great depths. This year they were particularly great, and knocked me for a loop. Free and frank, and beautifully rendered in pages that break all sorts of rules. Raw, physical, evocative work, recalling the hard work of birthing itself, and gloriously, often tenderly, sometimes comically, unguarded.
Weinstein has a genius for remembering through comics. More, please! A true novel, this is a layered story of surviving in the corporate world, of feckless roommates who are also treasured friends, and of fighting with, or against, yourself. Funny and confounding—haunting too. Girl Town , Carolyn Novak Top Shelf A breakthrough collection of stories supercharged with desire and unspoken, often conflicted, feelings.
Wonderful drawing and pacing; slippery, sometimes elusive endings. My god, can Novak cartoon. I read this in one fevered sitting in a coffee shop, right next door to the comic shop where I bought it. I reread it in that same sitting. Cuteness has never been more bothersome. This is a timely, funny, ultimately breathtaking fable. Once again, Davis starts with prickly satire but then shifts into humane sympathy, engaging her satiric targets compassionately and thus complicating or overturning everything I expected. And the book is splendidly designed, in an intimate format that can barely fit in the images yet works perfectly.
I know Davis is brilliant—how is that she can keep on delivering such stunning surprises? I tend to avoid talking about what books I think were the "best" of any given year, because that's a level of subjectivity and more importantly, a level of finality that I'm not comfortable with. That critic's exposure to comics as a whole gets substantially lower when you consider all the various ways creators are making comics in You are just as likely to find comics on your Instagram feed as you are your local bookstore. That's encouraging for the health and growth of the medium, but it also makes this exercise feel like a bunch of hand waving.
With that in mind, there were books published in that I found transporting. These comics made you exist in their world, made you play by their rules. As contributors to The Comics Journal round up the most notable comics published in , I wanted to focus on those works rather than be prescriptive about what was "best. By Haruichi Furudate Viz 9. An Invitation from a Crab by Panpanya Denpa 8.
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Die Laughing by Andre Franquin Fantagraphics 7. Happiness by Shuzo Oshimi Kodansha Comics 6. Inside Mari by Shuzo Oshimi Denpa 5. Degen Koyama 3. With that in mind, I think we all sought out ways to understand or cope with whatever realities we were grappling with this year. In my case, I read a lot of nonfiction to help with my understanding of the world at present, but I also explored some truly beautiful and thoughtful comics to help in other ways.
Compared to Edena , these are less polished but more personal and philosophical. I turned to these books often and I think it was just to vicariously feel the wind in my hair as I tag along to catch a glimpse of the furthest reaches of imagination. Still the best there is. Just as we are inclined to look back at these lists to take a sampling of where we were and what we were reading, this book is a valuable glimpse into where America was during the tumultuous '60s and '70s.
When you consider what he fought for decades ago and the present state of affairs, it makes you wonder where this rage and defiance is today? For Mr. Douglas, he might have felt compelled to address the realities of his life and the injustices he faced. For us, it seems that too many comics that came out this year were decidedly against allowing the world into their art.
This book is a powerful testament to creating art that comes into the world with the goal of transforming it for the greater good. Blackbird Days by Manuele Fior was another highlight from this year. Seeing this collection come out from Fantagraphics was a nice surprise. Comics writers need to pore over those pages if they ever want to make something that takes advantage of this medium's unique powers, and not just use their comics as bland pitch documents for tv shows.
Alberto Breccia is a comics art god. Mort Cinder from Fantagraphics is one of only a few English translations of his work but his entire body of work is challenging and worth looking at. Comics, if done well, should allow for the purely abstract to not only express what is incommunicable with words, but to show what may be otherwise incomprehensible to the mind. This self-published anthology is really uniformly good, while also showing the great diversity of talent and vision coming out of our small corner of Toronto, Ontario.
Fans of mainstream giants like Frances Manapul, Ramon K Perez, and Tonci Zonjic get a unique opportunity to see what these guys do when given a bigger playground. Garlandia by Mattotti and Kramsky from Fantagraphics is a real delight. Those seeking escapism can find it simply by scanning over the gorgeously rendered floating creatures, undulating curves of landscape and energy.
Each page is a variety of viewpoints and angles on incidental and character detail, held in a latticework of setting and narrative information to create an immersive and lively condensation of time into two dimensions. This is real comics journalism focused on telling the stories of those without a voice in our media. Kugler avoids including himself and his feelings about the subjects; choosing to focus on the refugees themselves. To read these stories is to catch a glimpse into the complex lives of real people swept up in a larger global event.
If mainstream journalism expressed some of the humanity and beauty as is contained in this book, we might be on the road to a better world. Both collections are crucial in terms of gender diversity. Too many indie comics are timid by comparison. For me, Sabrina is an exquisite corpse — despite what the Man Booker committee and the hype machine say. As for the virulent drivel oozling from the empty skulls of the Mindless Ones — you know, the comic book mainstream — I am enjoying the indie-ish comics that Brian Michael Bendis is making for DC: Scarlet, Pearl and Cover.
The writing is smart, the drawing sharp and distinctive without a scent of Neal Adams clones or manga-nese. They remind a bit of why I got myself shackled to the spin-rack at Westville Market way back in I did not include great Chloe Perkis, G. Duncanson, and Walker Tate because they have been published in anthologies by larger publishers such as Best American Comics or NOW but you should check them out. Norman is one of the best comics artists working today. The way Schulert represents and expresses is entirely new.
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Reading it, I felt like I was living in Houston, riding its public transportations, and fighting with its dampness with my friends. Welch transforms physical humidity to emotional freshness with alluring green pages. Berg has been showing the potential of the gridded page and the texture of comics like no other. All of sudden, several young and creative comics artists are coming up in Vancouver. You may know ddoogg collective.
You should know Lukic. We need to discuss more on the relationship between words and images and comics. Her works are like magic. Howell makes the rawest, most visceral comics. Adhouse Hartley Lin created a stunning graphic novel. The cartooning is flawless, with incredible attention to detail. The story is about Frances, a young legal clerk pulled into the orbit of the menacingly charismatic executive Castonguay. It has some familiar beats about trying to hold on to an authentic self without getting lost in a messy corporate world of petty power struggles.
But the execution elevates the story. Brat by Michael DeForge. Brats are artists. Our titular brat, Ms. Once the hero of all brats, Ms. Is she still relevant? D embarks on a new project, that, at first glance, appears as a mysterious terrorist plot. Finally, her big performance turns the audience, an entire town, everyone, to become brats! The results are at first predictable: graffiti, property damage, zoo animals on the loose, and at least one death the Mayor gets eaten by a lion.
But then, the loss of collective control produces a kind of utopia. In the aftermath, the town rids itself of instruments of control that turned out to be unnecessary. Banks and police?
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No longer necessary. These things were just accrued, stratified historical layers of a society weighing us down. Once you release the brat, it all falls away. What happens day after brat Armageddon? DeForge alludes to it. Our hero remains rich, so even if some banks are gone, wealth remains. Her former intern, Citrus, is now a star delinquent. Delinquency still exists. Maybe we need a bigger temper tantrum? Or the more things change, the more they remain the same. Blammo by Noah Van Sciver. Kilgore No one does the one-artist anthology like Noah Van Sciver. Blammo is the heir of the ''90s single-artist anthology comics like Eightball , Optic Nerve , or Dirty Plotte.
Every issue fills me with joy and nostalgic pangs for that time.follow url
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Tinderella MS Harkness. Kilgore MS Harkness has emerged as a vital member of the Minneapolis comics scene. Her incredible work ethic has already yielded many mini-comics and her first graphic novel, Tinderella. Self-deprecating, self-abasing, fearless and fun, there are few books out the like it. I was repelled by its quiet abandon, its cold artwork, and its meandering repetitions. But halfway through, something flipped in my brain. I did a and absolutely fell for this book. Both books revolve around damaged characters trying to recapture something utterly lost and unrecoverable.
Passing for Human by Liana Finck. Passing for Human is beautifully told, via a series of re-starting narratives. Her drawing style is raw and resembles doodles, but she is fearless and can draw anything with it. A complete world emerges: tiny houses, animals, humans and their lost shadows. Mythical, magical, and absorbing. It was another reminder of the incredible versatility of the one-artist anthology format.
It enabled the artist to experiment, take detours, and continue on a primary narrative at the same time, while producing regular work, on a somewhat regular schedule. Julie filled every page of Dirty Plotte with incredible one-page bizarre experiments, ongoing stories My New York Diary , and small one-off masterpieces of short comics. Anti-Gone by Connor Williamsun. Koyama It took me a while to finally read this book.
When something is hyped, I tend to tune it out. It hits close to home. We are these characters. We are empty beings, getting stoned, floating easy as the world burns. Beautifully executed. Near perfect graphic novel. Arsene Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen.
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Fantagraphics Olivier Schrawen has an incredible ability for the absurd. Arsene, ostensibly a Schrauwen ancestor - gets involved in an absurd folly - a Utopian city in the middle of a tropical jungle. The book comes with explicit instructions to pause reading between certain chapters: a week, two weeks. I followed the directions to the letter, and I must say it enhanced the reading enormously. It perfectly suited the book.
When Arsene and crew reach the jungle site of the utopian city, the absurd world had wormed itself into my unconscious, providing the perfect imaginative fuel for the finale to come. Eddy Current by Ted McKeever. It remains one of the best comics I read this year. The groundswell of activism in the comics community particularly regarding human and labour rights. The Ignatz Awards Ceremony. John P. PS yes some of these titles are by pals but they are good books despite that fact:.
Fantagraphics Little Stranger by Edie Fake. Fantagraphics Parallel Lives by Olivier Schrauwen. Bonus entries! Oni Onibi , by Atelier Sento. Ghost Stories, by Whit Taylor. Magical Beatdown Vol. I have gotten back into doing more interviews, with some that I feel are among my best yet, and some that kind of fell flat. This list is in no way definitive for , but I stand behind my enjoyment of all the books listed. This is my childhood in a book.
I have a lot of love for Breyfogle's Batman work. It still continues to delight and be extremely easy to read. Alan Grant's writing is the perfect accompaniment. Smooth writing that was much easier to get into than the verbose Claremont x-men that made no sense to me. I think a lot about Breyfogle as a unique artist doing a really crazy dynamic style that bucked against contemporary conventions.
I love Anna's comics. Anna is about twenty steps ahead in synthesizing comics and art for the 21st century. I was slow on getting his work. I had picked up an album of his at SPX back in , got a beautiful drawing and then it sat on a shelf. With this book, I mad up time and ingested everything I have.
Really smart work that lets you think and leaves you uncomfortable. I had read Tommi's previous book for 2dcloud and enjoyed it, but wanted more. This book delivered. I love their drawing, These figures existing together, allowing them to have this weird agency connectedness.
I think Tommi is making really vital work confronting physical sexuality in a new way. But really, you get lost in these big pages. Fantagraphics The conclusion to a long journey to translation for this signature work of the Belgian great, but the silhouette march of his characters toward oblivion will never end! A very strong statement on a particular style of cartooning.
Fukushima Devil Fish by Susumu Katsumata. Devilman: The Classic Collection Vols. What does war do? Youth In Decline A formidable argument for the small-scale stapled comic book as a vessel for communicating an experience: childbirth in this case, the images both tiny and massive, the circumstances miscellaneous and deep as anything. Grip Vol. Fantagraphics In which some pals of the famous comic book character Frank board the cosmic bliss train, leaving our man to wander a noticeably disheveled world of cartoon surprises.
Space Academy by Mickey Zacchilli. How is Mickey Z. It is a mystery! Ghost emoji! Grip by Lale Westvind. Perfectly Acceptable Press The easiest choice for best comic of the year I can remember ever making. I read it so many times it's already looking beat up.
It's so beautiful and fun and immediate that I experience it more like listening to music I love than a comic I love. As if he had been training for this big event. Shit Is Real by Aisha Franz. And the indignities of the near future depicted here are funny and spot-on, like a laundromat that requires a membership number that you don't have. Prison Pit 6 by Johnny Ryan. Fantagraphics The series wraps up by narrowing its focus and doing just a few things over and over repeatedly with near endless variation.
This is peak narrow-band creativity in the same way that Gucci Mane was in the late 00's where he was wasn't rapping about more than three or four things across hundreds of songs, but was getting more out of those three of four things than you would ever think possible. I almost never read weekly comics month to month. In the first issue an upper-class British vampire is sent off to Colonial India to cover up his bloodlust and quickly pays for his arrogance and dismissive attitude towards the locals at the hands of a powerful creature.
Ram V tackles the complex issue of colonization while his art partners draw lush scenery and put on a clinic on how to properly use the standard 9-panel grid. Too often, comics divides itself up by age boundaries. Howard and Hernandez murder that concept by pairing up for an amazing dark comedy featuring aging women assassins who are brought back together again when one of their kids goes missing. This new series features an author analogue who is insecure, addicted to porn—but not made out to be a hero.
A bonus is several Ito original shorts, featuring a kid who lives in a dimensional nexus house, where the bodies of his friends from another timeline are buried, killed by one of his evil doppelgangers. Demented and depraved, and with no legacy of a Comics Code echoing in the background, horror manga is the best source for unrestricted guts and gore, and I love every minute of it. Every time I make one of these year end lists, I mea culpa the shit out of it -- "I know there are good books I didn't get to" -- "gosh my reading was so bad this year" -- but this year it's for real.
This year I had a kid, and my "haven't read yet but I swear I'm getting to it" pile quadrupled in size. But my capacity to care about anything not directly related to keeping my baby alive completely evaporated as well, so you get no apologies from me. Just a bunch of comics I liked. Mother's Walk, by Lauren Weinstein Youth In Decline You don't need to have a kid to grasp the enormity of Lauren Weinstein's talent but I'd be lying if I didn't acknowledge that her story in Frontier hit me at the exact right moment for maximum effectiveness.
But do you know how many times I've reread Goddess of War? A new longform printed work from Weinstein was never not going to be at the top of my list. Grip , by Lale Westvind. Perfectly Acceptable Lale Westvind's Grip was a revelation. I wish I could say that I was on that train early but I needed good ol' Jog to draw my attention to it. I'd seen Hyperspeed to Nowhere and an early Hot Dog Beach , and liked them, but I didn't divine what Westvind was capable of -- Grip has sent me back on a Westvind deep dive, so powerful is its hallucinatory energy that it gives me new eyes to see all her older work.
Young Frances, by Hartley Lin. Adhouse It's been a true joy to see the collected Young Frances get the reception it deserves. Unlike Frontier , which as a quarterly pamphlet is reserved for the real heads, Young Frances got reviewed in the New York Times and is available in regular bookstores. Dear Missy, by Daryl Seitchik. Paper Rocket I think Daryl Seitchik is one of the most exciting cartoonists of the last few years, and her output hasn't dissuaded me from that opinion.
Dear Missy , the latest in the funny, angsty, poignant adventures of her middle school heroine, beautifully printed in full color, shows some of the same structural experimentation as Caryatid, her new non narrative poetry comic. Both are essential new works, and Seitchik is only becoming more important to watch. Image One of the things I do a lot less frequently as a new father is spend time wandering through the comic store, pulling things off the shelf, sampling, exploring, finding new stuff. So the few times I did get to linger, and something caught my eye, loom large in my memory of the year.
I grabbed Twisted Romance 1 because of the Katie Skelly cover, and I kept coming back because of an amazing lineup of creators doing work in a genre that comics hasn't served well in decades. Other highlights in included Fielder by Kevin Huizenga, the best mid career American cartoonist working, and the continued blessed presence of NOW , which has made me realize just how poor was the time between the last issue of MOME and the first issue of NOW. A year without an Eric Reynolds-edited anthology is like a Kabuki without makeup or a Day without Doris.
It simply shouldn't be. Two more round out my list. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Tempest is as funny, violent, and overly referenced as Moore and O'Neill have ever been, but it really makes it on the list because it's the only comic I'm aware of this year in which Woody Allen gets shot through the head on panel.
And lastly, while I despise everything the cartoonist stands for and believes, I'd be lying if I didn't confess that this cartoon by Ben Garrison made me laugh harder than anything else in Top Shelf I live with Carolyn and wrote the forward to this book, so it's a little weird for me to put this on a year-end list. BUT I think this book is so amazing, and worth talking about. Carolyn has a gift for capturing the subtleties of female friendships, and her art gets better daily. The book is getting a lot of praise. You should read it. Self-published Emma is one of my closest friends, so again I feel a little weird recommending this book as part of a theoretically less-biased "best of" list.
Let me tell you though, this book is good and Emma is going places. It's really queer, very punk, and full of magic. You should check it out. Image I also reviewed this one for TCJ! Right here! Koyama Mickey's space opera is collected on beautifully gritty paper by Koyama Press. It's so funny and good and energetic and cute. Please read it. It's perfect. Self-published Victor is part of an up-and-coming wave of transmasculine cartoonists that's going to completely dominate comics in a few years. He's a genius, he's my friend, he's a sweet angel, I love him and his art.
This book is really beautiful and I'm so amazed by it. Perfectly Acceptable I've said it before and I'll say it again Margot is the greatest living artist. Someone give Margot a million dollars to continue making work like this please. A mind-boggling idea that should spark illuminating conversations. I loved working with Jordan Crane—I felt I had met my match in terms of perfectionism in production values. The book underwent a long series of very subtle changes but as a result, I think the final result is a gem, carbon that has been condensed into a diamond.
Libraries are gobbling it up, and it got nominated for the prestigious Texas Blue Bonnet Award. Simple stories are charmingly brought to life by a masterful cartoonist. I loved digging up the wealth of information about Latin American culture for the back matter. A few others, I reviewed for newyorker. Parallel Lives , by O. But later in the book the hand of the creator intervenes.
Rivers flow, flowers bloom, people kiss, and children are born. So that's five, the top of my list. Here are a few more comics in various forms that caught my attention:. Parrish manages to create her own style though, which varies from color to black and white, but is always resolutely modern in how much the reader is asked to fill in the narrative. One small reservation though: I wish First Second had made an effort to stay closer to the well-integrated French handwriting.
The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang First Second Seeing that I keep an eye out for good kids comics, this is an original story by an accomplished cartoonist that reads as genuinely felt. I can only imagine that Jen Wang will get better and better as she keeps going. I find her drawing charming and her storytelling compelling. But I love the existence and the energy of The Nib, and their first print issue has all the diversity of style and approaches to content, long and short, serious and humorous that make the website such an exciting place to visit.
Nancy , by Olivia Jaimes GoComics I find it heartening to see an old classic brought to the present in a thoughtful way. Producing a daily strip is a massive undertaking but it can lead those who have the ideas, the penmanship and stamina to unique heights of creativity. Back when I first met him, Liniers already had his sights set on syndication in the US. In the wonderfully ironic moment we live in, he got his wish right before all our newspapers have become extinct.
I was in Paris recently where someone told me that the French now publish more comics than books. That certainly would work for me. Crumb's Dream Diary. Cartoon Research- Jerry Beck, etc. Super-smooth wordless visual storytelling slowly eases the reader into a realm of ideas and symbols akin to a leftist Steve Ditko comic. This collection of science-fiction comics qualifies, and the precise drawing maintains the posture of dignity needed for it to work.
While the clear lines and pastel colors might make you think of Moebius, Moebius never made a comic telling us that in the future, someone will be performing Scatman John covers to a resentful audience. This comic radiates energy with every part of its being, rendered in a mixture of Jack Kirby, Gilbert Hernandez, and Victor Moscoso, printed vividly to make the effects achieved seemed even more unreal, tactile and pulsing with life. This comic captures the feeling of being in an optionless funk, walking around to the same three or four places, and looking too closely at tiny things as a way of imagining yourself elsewhere better than anything else, without replicating the monotony or romanticizing the fantasy.
I really loved the cartooning in this, the way images would be composed around this sort of flattened perspective that allows the reader to take in a page with a single image as if it were a collection of panels and look at pages with multiple panels as a single image. A pretty dark worldview is revealed via its punchline, a reminder that your best attempts at empathy might not be appreciated by people whose sense of guilt interprets it as condescending. I thought about this comic all year. The implicit violence of the premise, and the weirdness with which Huffman approaches it, feels critical of political realities without building up the mythology around that stuff further.
Grip by Lale Westvind Perfectly Acceptable. Book of the year and the decade? The hype is real! Inspired comics merriment from a bona fide genius. Top Shelf A long-awaited collection of the immaculately designed and playfully scripted work of tour de force artists and siblings, Peter and Maria Hoey. Xak's Wax by Brian Blomerth.
Anthology Editions - The height of riso excess. A gleefully scuzzy paean to the blissful aimlessness of surf culture. I have recommended this book often since it was first recommended to me just a few months ago. This is a book to read in sequence, but also to flip through at random, for the beautiful line-work, page designs, and lyrical prose.
Sara Berman's Closet is an inventive, moving tribute to a mother, and grandmother, who curated her life as though it were a work of art, and whose life, in turn, has been re-mixed and re-curated, with love and dedication, by her progeny. The Goat Getters by Eddie Campbell. And the old-time slang was fun to sling around the house too, though my wife thought it was the bunk.
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Marvel I love that this book exists, and is truly fun to read for all ages. Marvel Call me old-fashioned, but I like that this book is back on the stands. Vaughn and Marcos Martin. Reading books by two master at their craft at work is a pleasure. The stuff at The Nib , generally speaking.
I am in competition with no-one. I went digital for most single issues a while ago tiny apartment, too many long boxes but Copra 's still something I get in the mail. This last installment is a giant-size Copra Versus , focusing on its villains. It spends half its time on tough guy pre-action posturing and the other half trapping its characters in a mundane hotel and seeing what happens. I hope it never ends. I have next to no interest in Wizard magazine, but I love Jim and Ed, and they have a great onscreen chemistry. Bonus points for live recording sessions and other behind-the-scenes material.
Richie Pope exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art. What a treat to see this retrospective work one of the better illustrators within comics. From thumbnails to finished pieces to actual comics! If you were lucky enough to be there for the interview during CCX, count yourself even luckier. Topics The Nice Guys. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.
Also in this time, Jupiter was rising in the east. The Moon was in its waxing crescent phase approaching a harmonious aspect with the Sun sextile while also very close to the beautiful Venus in Libra. This is a beautiful combination of Solar powers with other supportive configurations.
Inlaid with Ruby. Renders him that wears it to be renowned, amiable, acceptable, potent in all his works, and equals a man to kings, and princes, elevating him to high fortunes, allowing him to do whatsoever he pleaseth Helping one to get in touch and exercise personal power and expression, and gravitate to places of honor and recognition. Whoever uses this seal will not be confronted by anyone, and his fame will rise to the height of kings.