Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead

Bill Griffith / Aug 25, 2019

Nobody s Fool The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead Nobody s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie s long career from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows which is one of legend Today Schlitzie

  • Title: Nobody's Fool: The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead
  • Author: Bill Griffith
  • ISBN: 1419735012
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nobody s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie s long career from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows which is one of legend Today, Schlitzie is most well known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks The making of Freaks and Schlitzie s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book In researching Schlitzie s lif Nobody s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie s long career from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows which is one of legend Today, Schlitzie is most well known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks The making of Freaks and Schlitzie s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book In researching Schlitzie s life 1901 1971 , Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow freak, and much This graphic novel biography provides never before revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 256 pages Expected publication March 19th 2019 by Abrams ComicArts More Details ISBN 1419735012 ISBN13 9781419735011 Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Nobodys Fool The Life and Times of Schlitzie the Pinhead by Bill Griffith Release date Mar 19, 2019 Enter for a chance to win one of 50 advanced reader copies of Nobody s Fool by Bill Griffith Nobody s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie s long c Enter for a chance to win one of 50 advanced reader copies of Nobody s Fool by Bill Griffith Nobody s Fool follows the story of Schlitzie s long career from Coney Island and the Ringling Bros Circus to small town carnivals and big city sideshows which is one of legend Today, Schlitzie is most well known for his appearance in the cult classic Freaks The making of Freaks and Schlitzie s role in the film is a centerpiece of the book In researching Schlitzie s life 1901 1971 , Griffith has tracked down primary sources and archives throughout the country, including conducting interviews with those who worked with him and had intimate knowledge of his personality, his likes and dislikes, how he responded to being a sideshow freak, and much This graphic novel biography provides never before revealed details of his life, offering a unique look into his world and restoring dignity to his life by recognizing his contributions to popular culture Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 38 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 16, 2018 Chad rated it it was ok Shelves 2018, edelweiss Honestly, this could have been edited down to about 50 pages There s so much time spent with the various sideshows Schlitzie worked at that they just blur into the same few pages on repeat I know Griffith decided to do this because his character Zippie the Pinhead is based on Schlitzie But a better story would have been to give us the history of all the people to have appeared in Tom Browning s Freaks This was the most interesting part of the book and what I was interested in most Unfortuna Honestly, this could have been edited down to about 50 pages There s so much time spent with the various sideshows Schlitzie worked at that they just blur into the same few pages on repeat I know Griffith decided to do this because his character Zippie the Pinhead is based on Schlitzie But a better story would have been to give us the history of all the people to have appeared in Tom Browning s Freaks This was the most interesting part of the book and what I was interested in most Unfortunately, it was only a small subset of the 250 page story Received a review copy from Abrams and Edelweiss All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned. flag 12 likesLike see review Nov 04, 2018 Theediscerning rated it really liked it A strong four stars for this serious, but entertaining, graphic novel biography The subject was microcephalic, and deemed a pinhead in the parlance of the carnie side show He was stuck with a career in a dress, with the simple act of standing on a stage and being gawped at as a freak until he did become one of the most famous Freaks in history, in the film of that name which Tod Browning chose to follow Dracula with The awkward thing for some people was that he seemed to enjoy every A strong four stars for this serious, but entertaining, graphic novel biography The subject was microcephalic, and deemed a pinhead in the parlance of the carnie side show He was stuck with a career in a dress, with the simple act of standing on a stage and being gawped at as a freak until he did become one of the most famous Freaks in history, in the film of that name which Tod Browning chose to follow Dracula with The awkward thing for some people was that he seemed to enjoy every minute, being perfectly happy scrubbing dishes, listening to music and eating anything except salad, it seems As is perfectly fitting, the creator never judges his subject, nor any of the many people that ultimately profited from him To its detriment the book does get hung up on who his employers were at any particular time, and it does seem a little scattershot the justification that some bits of the timeline and indeed even his origins are missing from knowledge goes only partway to excusing the jumpiness The artwork is excellent throughout, with a lot of craft in every image, and the book can certainly be appreciated for conveying the humanity and story of the subject This in no way borrows from the side show approach, but gives us a view of our hero with the clarity and decency all of us would wish for flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 17, 2018 Geoffrey rated it really liked it Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Yes, the man known as Schilitze spent most of his life as an attraction in sideshows where he was paraded as an exotic spectacle Yet at the same time, he enjoyed no small amount of success and in fact seemed to enjoy it very much Also, it can t be denied that his character and spirit deeply touched those who knew him, especially in light of the lengths that many took to take care of him This man s long career, to say the least, is a Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Yes, the man known as Schilitze spent most of his life as an attraction in sideshows where he was paraded as an exotic spectacle Yet at the same time, he enjoyed no small amount of success and in fact seemed to enjoy it very much Also, it can t be denied that his character and spirit deeply touched those who knew him, especially in light of the lengths that many took to take care of him This man s long career, to say the least, is a fascinatingly complex one, and it receives exactly the respectful and detailed coverage that it deserves in Nobody s Fool Bill Griffith has crafted a wonderfully exhaustive and absorbing biography that can be enjoyed by any reader regardless of whether they ve heard of its unique cultural icon of a subject or not flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Dubi rated it really liked it In 1980, during a hazy week long visit to Amsterdam, in addition to Van Gogh and the Dutch Masters, we discovered a comic book featuring Zippy the Pinhead Now he s a nationally syndicated strip in many daily papers, running for decades, but at that time he was unknown beyond the narrow world of underground comics Once we stumbled upon him, we had a new hero, quoting Zippy for the rest of the trip and for many years to come.Bill Griffith was a student at Pratt in Brooklyn in 1963 when he went t In 1980, during a hazy week long visit to Amsterdam, in addition to Van Gogh and the Dutch Masters, we discovered a comic book featuring Zippy the Pinhead Now he s a nationally syndicated strip in many daily papers, running for decades, but at that time he was unknown beyond the narrow world of underground comics Once we stumbled upon him, we had a new hero, quoting Zippy for the rest of the trip and for many years to come.Bill Griffith was a student at Pratt in Brooklyn in 1963 when he went to see a screening of Freaks, the cult film made in 1932 by Tod Browning, best known for directing the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula Although it would be some years before Griffith started writing and drawing Zippy, he remembers that screening as the inspiration for the character who would become the cornerstone of his career.This graphic, er, biography, let s say, because it s not a graphic novel, is the story of the real life inspiration for Zippy Schlitzie Surtees, possibly born Simon Metz in the Bronx, one of the most endearing title characters of Freaks and a lifelong denizen of traveling circus and carnival side shows The bow in his hair, the muu muu, the five o clock shadow, the non sequiturs, and the endearing personality Zippy got them all from Schlitzie.One of the many revelations in Nobody s Fool, assuming Griffith is presenting the best possible real life research into Schlitzie, is that Zippy s manner of speaking is in fact based on how Schlitzie spoke In Freaks, his speech is garbled beyond recognition, but elsewhere in life, according to this book, he made himself understood, even if he what he said didn t make sense Zippy is gifted with a broader vocabulary, but he basically talks like Schlitzie.The artwork is stunning I am not by any means, despite my youthful fascination with Zippy, a reader of graphic literature or comics Within my limited exposure to the form, I remain amazed this many years later with Griffith s ability to communicate through his drawings The written portion is, as I know from Zippy, straightforward and matter of fact, rarely if ever betraying any condescension or judgement.My only criticism is that a significant portion of this fairly lengthy for a graphic work book is a compendium of Schlitzie s side show appearances, especially during his latter years I get that this is the best documented portion of his life maybe the only reliably documented portion of his life , but even the artwork starts to grow repetitive with each new show he appears in.The other side of that coin is that we get only rare glimpses into Griffith s own life, even the moments that inspired Zippy He does depict his initial exposure to Freaks including a few boffo pages replicating scenes from the movie , and he also shows his initial creation of Zippy But rather than show us every Schlitzie side show, it would have been nice to see the progress of Zippy s development in subsequent years.Worth singling out, especially in the context of the artwork and the overemphasis on his career, is the section about the one time Schlitzie did not perform When his guardians, the Surtees, died, their daughter had him committed to a psychiatric hospital For a number of pages, Griffith depicts Schlitzie s nine month stay through a series of panels that are all drawing, no words The dark and despairing circumstances of life in the pysch ward are just perfect, and devastating.If you re a fan of Zippy and his creator Griffy, or a fan of Freaks, or a fan of graphic novels, this is totally in your wheelhouse If you re not in one of those categories, you may yet like this one of a kind look into a world gone by flag Like see review Katie Shepard rated it really liked it Nov 18, 2018 Philip Gayle rated it it was amazing Jan 30, 2019 Jan 12, 2019 Molly rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019, netgalley, graphic novel, buy this book, sideshows, nonfiction Bill Griffith brings his talents to the story of Schlitzie Surtees, perhaps the best known pinhead in all of sideshow history you might recognize him from the Tod Browning film Freaks Griffith draws on historical documents, interviews, and to piece together a biography of Schlitzie that is at turns humorous, heartfelt, and downright harrowing I didn t know that he was briefly and miserably confined to a county hospital before being returned to the care of Ward Hall and another sid Bill Griffith brings his talents to the story of Schlitzie Surtees, perhaps the best known pinhead in all of sideshow history you might recognize him from the Tod Browning film Freaks Griffith draws on historical documents, interviews, and to piece together a biography of Schlitzie that is at turns humorous, heartfelt, and downright harrowing I didn t know that he was briefly and miserably confined to a county hospital before being returned to the care of Ward Hall and another sideshow manager There aren t many details included regarding Schlitzie s passing, but it was touching to see that a group of fans got together to purchase a headstone for his grave some years afterward A really fascinating and worthwhile read and an essential one for folks interested in the history of sideshow exhibitions flag Like see review BeckBe rated it really liked it Oct 23, 2018 Helen Geng marked it as to read Sep 16, 2018 Katya Kazbek marked it as to read Oct 11, 2018 Emily A Bushel of Books marked it as to read Oct 18, 2018 Emily marked it as to read Oct 21, 2018 Robin marked it as to read Nov 07, 2018 Lisanne marked it as to read Nov 20, 2018 Tina added it Nov 21, 2018 Dru Munsell marked it as to read Dec 13, 2018 Edward Sullivan marked it as to read Dec 18, 2018 Brent marked it as to read Dec 20, 2018 Kate marked it as to read Jan 14, 2019 Kevin Hogan marked it as to read Jan 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    1. Honestly, this could have been edited down to about 50 pages There s so much time spent with the various sideshows Schlitzie worked at that they just blur into the same few pages on repeat I know Griffith decided to do this because his character Zippie the Pinhead is based on Schlitzie But a better story would have been to give us the history of all the people to have appeared in Tom Browning s Freaks This was the most interesting part of the book and what I was interested in most Unfortu [...]


    2. A strong four stars for this serious, but entertaining, graphic novel biography The subject was microcephalic, and deemed a pinhead in the parlance of the carnie side show He was stuck with a career in a dress, with the simple act of standing on a stage and being gawped at as a freak until he did become one of the most famous Freaks in history, in the film of that name which Tod Browning chose to follow Dracula with The awkward thing for some people was that he seemed to enjoy every A strong fou [...]


    3. Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Yes, the man known as Schilitze spent most of his life as an attraction in sideshows where he was paraded as an exotic spectacle Yet at the same time, he enjoyed no small amount of success and in fact seemed to enjoy it very much Also, it can t be denied that his character and spirit deeply touched those who knew him, especially in light of the lengths that many took to take care of him This man s long career, to say the least, is a Note [...]


    4. In 1980, during a hazy week long visit to Amsterdam, in addition to Van Gogh and the Dutch Masters, we discovered a comic book featuring Zippy the Pinhead Now he s a nationally syndicated strip in many daily papers, running for decades, but at that time he was unknown beyond the narrow world of underground comics Once we stumbled upon him, we had a new hero, quoting Zippy for the rest of the trip and for many years to come.Bill Griffith was a student at Pratt in Brooklyn in 1963 when he went t I [...]


    5. Bill Griffith brings his talents to the story of Schlitzie Surtees, perhaps the best known pinhead in all of sideshow history you might recognize him from the Tod Browning film Freaks Griffith draws on historical documents, interviews, and to piece together a biography of Schlitzie that is at turns humorous, heartfelt, and downright harrowing I didn t know that he was briefly and miserably confined to a county hospital before being returned to the care of Ward Hall and another sid Bill Griffith [...]


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