The Understanding Monster – Book Three

2015 DEBUT The Understanding Monster – Book Three
Book Author(s) Theo Ellsworth
Publisher Secret Acres
Book List Price 21.95
All-Ages Appropriate Yes
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At this year’s Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Secret Acres unveils Theo Ellsworth’s the Understanding Monster – Book Three, and reveals the all-new edition of Capacity.

The first book of the Understanding Monster trilogy was both a Best American Comics 2014 selection and a Lynd Ward Prize Honor Book. The highly anticipated third book completes Theo Ellworth’s epic adventure, which the New York Times calls “an urgent (and often very funny) attempt to explain a coocoo-rococo cosmology made up of garbled fragments of role-­playing games, Transformers episodes, relaxation exercises and horror movies.”

Eleanor Davis, author of How to be Happy, writes:

“Theo Ellsworth’s comics don’t make normal sense; they make a sort of super-psychic sense. His stories are filled with pure terror, pure hope, and pure, weird, unwavering love.”

In the Understanding Monster – Book Three, our hero, Izadore, awakes to find his mind, body and soul reunited. The last Monks of the Imaginary Man lead him on a journey beyond Toy Mountain to discover the true nature of the relationship between creativity and reality.

Adding to the excitement, Theo Ellsworth’s classic, Capacity, will be re-released alongside theUnderstanding Monster Book Three. Returning for a third printing in a deluxe and unique stitched, softcover binding, a limited quantity of this new edition of Capacity will include a signed and numbered artist plate tipped into the book.

Counted among the best books of its original publication year by the Chicago Tribune, the Village Voice and the Huffington Post among many others, Capacity is part autobiogrpahy, part mythology and totally beautiful. Just try to remember: this all really happpened!