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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Fies, Brian (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?
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"Whatever happened to the World of Tomorrow?, the long-awaited follow-up to Mom's Cancer, tells the story of a boy's relationship with his father. Spanning the period from the 1939 World's Fair to the last Apollo space mission in 1975, it depicts an optimistic and ambitious era fueled by industry, engines, electricity, rockets, middle-class pop culture, and the atom bomb...A lively trip through a half century of technological evolution, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? is also a perceptive look at the changing moods of our nation - and the enduring promise of the future."--P. [4] of cover.
Authors: Fies, Brian
Title: Whatever happened to the world of tomorrow?
Publisher: New York : Abrams ComicArts, 2009.
Characteristics: vi, 201 p. :,chiefly ill. (chiefly col.) ;,27 cm.
Summary: "Whatever happened to the World of Tomorrow?, the long-awaited follow-up to Mom's Cancer, tells the story of a boy's relationship with his father. Spanning the period from the 1939 World's Fair to the last Apollo space mission in 1975, it depicts an optimistic and ambitious era fueled by industry, engines, electricity, rockets, middle-class pop culture, and the atom bomb...A lively trip through a half century of technological evolution, Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? is also a perceptive look at the changing moods of our nation - and the enduring promise of the future."--P. [4] of cover.
ISBN: 9780810996366
0810996367
Statement of Responsibility: Brian Fies
Subject Headings: Technological innovations Comic books, strips, etc. Fathers and sons Comic books, strips, etc. United States History 20th century Comic books, strips, etc. Comic books, strips, etc. United States.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Technological innovations
Fathers and sons
Comic books, strips, etc.
LCCN: 2008060020
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I rarely comment on books, but I just had to with this one. Awesome read!

Jun 20, 2012
  • eecaad rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent. Very well-written and it made me rethink aspects of modern technological and psychological development that I otherwise wouldn't have.
Also, I just played Fallout 3, so it's a nice complement to the game.

I found this book very useful in explaining how people viewed science and the future to my kids.

Jan 28, 2011
  • DEWLine rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I was referred to this one via sequentialtart.com comics review by Suzette Chan. Positive review, and I'm pleased to say her assessment was right on the mark! Worth the time, and thanks for adding this to the collection!

Oct 19, 2010
  • cartoon_goblin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brian Fies’ graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? looks at technology and visions of the future throughout the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of a boy and his father. It begins in 1939, at the New York World’s Fair, the boy young, wide-eyed and optimistic. The narrative jumps forward around 10 years each chapter, the boy growing at the slow rate of traditional comics characters, the father barely aging at all. As time goes on, the boy becomes more disillusioned and disenchanted with technology and the promise of a better world, matching the zeitgeist of that decade.

I loved this graphic novel. The artwork is clean and engaging. In each chapter, Fies has a comic book read by the boy which perfectly captures the look and spirit of comics of that decade. And the thoughts on technology, optimism and hope for the future really connected with my own. Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? is sweet, smart, a little somber, but ultimately uplifting.

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