Giraffes on Horseback Salad by Josh Frank, adapted by Tim Heidecker, and illustrated by Manuela Pertega

I received this graphic novel as a review copy from Quirk books, and I didn’t know much about it. I knew it was an adaptation of a Salvador Dalí screenplay, starring the Marx brothers, but I had no idea what it really was, or the work that went into it. 

This was beyond wild. It is based off of journals; bits and pieces left by Dalí that was supposed to become a film. The author worked his butt off to find the pieces, have them properly translated, turn them into a full story, and have that illustrated. I don’t always read the “about the story” bit in books, but I wouldn’t have been quite as invested if I hadn’t. 

Hard work aside, this is what would have been a film about the Surrealist Woman. She is, as her name suggests, surreal. She can (and does) bring her happiness, feelings, and dreams into reality. It’s incredible what she does, and our main character Jimmy falls in love with her. 

Her creations are fun for a time, but they become taxing as they take up more and more space, especially as her happiness grows. Jimmy’s ex-fiancé is unhappy about all of this, and has taken it upon herself to chase Jimmy and the Surrealist Woman down, ending their creations. 

This book was incredible. It was beautifully illustrated, and I was blown away by the story. I can not recommend this highly enough; it’s gorgeous, well written, and clearly a work of passion. You can preorder yourself a copy on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Quirk Books!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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