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Richard McGuire is a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. He has written and illustrated both children's books and experimental comics, including the seminal work Here. His work has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Le Monde and Liberation. He has written and directed two omnibus feature films, designed and manufactured his own line of toys, and is also the founder and bass player of the band Liquid Liquid. His most recent book is Sequential Drawings, published by Hamish Hamilton.

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From now on, McGuire will be known as the author of the novel Here, because it's a work of literature and art unlike any seen or read before. A book like this comes along once a decade, if not a century -- Chris Ware * Guardian *
Promises to leapfrog immediately to the front ranks of the graphic-novel genre -- Jennifer Schuessler * New York Times *
Exquisitely drawn . . . dizzying. To hold it is to covet it -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
All comics are somehow sheet music of time, but Richard's book is a symphony. I can't think of too many works that totally justify the odd share of attention comics have gotten in recent years, but this is one of them. * Art Spiegelman *
A meditation on "impermanence" . . . emotionally compelling yet unsettling * Atlantic *
A gorgeous symphony * Kirkus *
Beautiful, mesmerizing, a dazzling experiment in form . . . both bleak and vivid and more a work of art than a comic book * Starburst *
The concept is stunningly simple, and in laying bare the universality of existence - its beauty, ugliness, and mundanity - it is utterly moving * Booklist *
McGuire adds lavish color and some plot, but he preserves the captivating, uncanny sense of love, anger and tragedy flying across the centuries while staying in one place. -- Mark Athikis
One of the most engaging graphic novel experiments in book form I've ever seen * Los Angeles Times *
Here heightens our awareness of how much has gone before and is still to come * Independent (Best graphic novels of 2014) *
Rarely does a conceptual work seize the emotions like Here. Every moment seems insignificant compared with the massive sweep of time, and yet the most trivial actions take on an aching poignancy * NPR *
Almost overwhelmingly poignant. His masterful sense of time and the power of the mundane makes this feel like the graphic novel equivalent of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life * Publishers Weekly (starred review) *
Completely wonderful * Metro *
You begin to appreciate McGuire's extraordinary command of history and pacing . . . the non-chronological arrangement seems faithful to how consciousness really works * FInancial Times Weekend *

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