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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life-but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate.In 2001, James watches his music career take off, has travel nightmares, tries to start waking up earlier, spends Comic-Con unable to speak, experiments with a GameBoy Camera, worries about a crazed fan, and James and Amy consider having a baby.
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Welcome to the digital edition of James Kochalka's award-winning, influential, and totally addictive autobiography, AMERICAN ELF! It's a simple idea -- every day, James draws a comic strip capturing a moment from his life -- but gathered all together, these moments take on rich new meanings. Both silly and profound, AMERICAN ELF is a portrait of human life lived to the fullest, infused with the trademark passion and magic of Vermont's Cartoonist Laureate. In 2002, James gets a cute little fever, starts to go bald, jams with Eddie Campbell, launches AmericanElf.com, goes skinny-dipping at Comic-Con, buys a house, and finally decides to have a baby.
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In 2003, James rescues a duck, grows a beard, loses his fear of death, meets Daniel Johnston, gets fired from Vice Magazine, buys a house, invents a new grilled meat, gets bitten by the mayor, wins the Ignatz Award, is transformed by Amy's pregnancy and the birth of their son Eli, and decides that life is "harder, but better" with a baby.
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In 2004, James settles into fatherhood, gets an intern, signs a record contract, discovers the digital camera, almost invents dubstep, tours his massive American Elf book, jams with Craig Thompson, watches an old friend move away, loses an Eisner, wins an Ignatz, and learns important lessons from baby Eli.
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In 2005, James invents Dragon Puncher, tells bad jokes, takes a vow of happiness, gets his website hacked, writes a children's book, releases a new album, teaches Eli to talk, launches his first class at the Center for Cartoon Studies, and defends Jar Jar Binks.
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In 2006, Eli learns to swim, starts preschool, and invents new swears (like "pump duck"), while James gets fan mail from little kids, sells a song to FOX, launches a major new album, "fixes" a found painting, and writes a Christmas carol... plus he and Amy struggle with the idea of having another baby.
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In 2007, James exhibits 150 tiny paintings, gets dropped by his label, and films the movie MARS, while he his family invent their own language, control each other with imaginary video game controllers, tell long-distance bedtime stories, battle a milk dragon, and fall in love with new "werewolf baby" Oliver.
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In 2008, James tries to be a better daddy, is reduced to tears by Cormac McCarthy, asks his senile father to write a poem, paints with raspberry juice, meets Samuel L Jackson, tries to snap 5-year-old Eli out of a video game trance, and records some truly amazing dreams.
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In 2009, James falls pretends he won at the Angouleme Comics Festival, reveals an incredibly painful secret, has a mental breakdown, and promises to come back to life if he ever dies. Meanwhile Eli starts first grade and almost kisses a girl, Amy becomes the most powerful mommy in the universe, the family welcomes new kitten Nooko, and toddler Oliver tries to teach it to draw.
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In 2010, James makes his feature film debut, dances in an airport bathroom, grinds his teeth, struggles through movie, TV, and game development deals, watches his parents grow old, tries to stop yelling, and realizes the movie Inception is how he feels all the time. Meanwhile Amy hits a landmark birthday, Eli wows the family with his emotional sophistication, and Oliver gets popcorn up his nose.
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