Summary

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. This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.

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IDW
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American Elf 1999

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. This first collection includes the strip's beginnings at the end of 1998 and all of 1999. In here, James launches American Elf, rents a new apartment, cares for a sick kitty, visits Portugal, buys an iMac, and drinks a lot.

American Elf 2000

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 2000, James greets the new millennium, teaches his first class, plays a rock show for Courtney Love, drinks a lot, eats pie in the shower, and gets punched by a fan!

American Elf 2001

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.

American Elf 2002

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.

American Elf 2003

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.

American Elf 2004

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.

American Elf 2005

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.

American Elf 2006

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.

American Elf 2007

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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.

American Elf 2008

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.

American Elf 2009

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.

American Elf 2010

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.

American Elf 2011

In 2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, makes the TV news, prepares for the Rapture, realizes the terrorists won 9/11, opens for Gogol Bordello, and battles some of his darkest thoughts. Meanwhile Amy gets a butt concussion, Eli helps the police catch a suspect, Oliver sings “Love in an Elevator,” and the whole family travels to Comic-Con!

American Elf 2012

In 2012, Amy finally finds a video game she likes, Oliver kisses God, and Eli decides to grow elf ears. Meanwhile, James writes his own animated series, falls in love with Star Fox, sings with his dying father, wins the Eisner Award, wonders if he’s too old for rock & roll, and decides to do the unthinkable: bring American Elf to an end.

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