It's the long-awaited return of James Kochalka's massively influential and deceptively ambitious autobiography, American Elf
. Every day of his life is captured in a single comic strip, sometimes profound and sometimes silly, but always full of the earnest Kochalka passion. In this collection, spanning the years 2008-2011, James becomes Cartoonist Laureate, celebrates American Elf
's 10th year, pitches a TV show to Hollywood, considers quitting the strip, plays everything from LEGO Star Wars
, and kind of causes himself to have a nervous breakdown. Meanwhile Eli starts elementary school and starts a band, Oliver learns to walk and talk (and sing), James and Amy celebrate 15 years of marriage, and the family adopts a new cat, Nooko!