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Mary Tyler MooreHawk

Mary Tyler MooreHawk

by Dave Baker

ISBN 978-1-60309-536-5 - Diamond: DEC231104

Jonny Quest meets Infinite Jest! This mind-bending book—half graphic novel, half postmodern mystery, and 25% footnotes—is a thrilling tribute to the ways we build meaning out of disposable pop culture.

WHO IS MARY TYLER MOOREHAWK? How did she save the world from a dimension-hopping megalomaniac? Why was her TV show canceled after only nine episodes? These are just a few of the questions that young journalist Dave Baker begins to ask himself as he unravels the many mysteries surrounding the obscure comic book Mary Tyler MooreHawk. However, his curiosity grows into an obsession when he discovers that the reclusive creator of his favorite globe-trotting girl detective... is also named Dave Baker.

WHAT IS MARY TYLER MOOREHAWK? A compilation of long-lost gee-whiz adventure comics in which the world’s strangest family fights to avert Armageddon… and a bundle of magazine articles from a dystopian future where physical property is banned and entertainment is broadcast on dishwashers. It’s a document-based detective story that weaves back and forth between worlds, touching on everything from corporate personhood to mutant shark-men to the nature of fiction and reality itself. It’s a show you don’t remember… and a book you won’t forget.

WAIT, IS THIS REAL? Good question.

-- a 276-page, full-color hardcover graphic novel, 6.625” x 10.25”

Mary Tyler MooreHawk is a uniquely immersive psychedelic odyssey, etched in energetic and detailed linework and bursting with surreal invention and mind-boggling concepts. Strap yourself in and take a deep breath.” —Bryan Talbot, creator of The Adventures of Luther Arkwright

“America has a new sweetheart and media darling, but only Dave Baker has managed to ink her to a long-term deal and capture the Mona Lisa–like enigma that is...Mary Tyler MooreHawk.” —E.M. Rauch, creator of Buckaroo Banzai

“Part sprawling adventure series, part manic satire of fandom, this deliciously overstuffed... whirlwind will entice fans of Philip K. Dick and David Foster Wallace.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Mary Tyler MooreHawk is easily one of the most intriguing new graphic novels of 2024." — IGN

"...a dense, fascinating work." — The Beat

“Mary Tyler MooreHawk emerges as a beacon of optimism, reminiscent of classic adventure characters like Nancy Drew and Jonny Quest, setting the stage for a narrative that challenges the norms of contemporary comics." — ToonsMag

“A multimedia masterpiece that has a lot to say about art, the pursuit of creativity, and cults of personalities. Come for the bubblegum pink sci-fi adventure; stay for the avant-garde art and discussions on the ownership of ideas… Mary Tyler MooreHawk is everything I never knew I needed in a graphic novel. It’s a philosophical, speculative triumph. Rating: A huge 5/5 Stars." — Back Shelf Books

“It’s unlike that you’ve ever read a graphic novel quite like Dave Baker’s Mary Tyler MooreHawk before. This sprawling adventure tale is both a heady pulp adventure and a formally inventive work with more layers than you’d expect. (It would fit comfortably beside the work of James Stokoe and Tom Scioli on your shelves.)” — Vol. 1 Brooklyn

“It’s a book that I just had to read over multiple times, and I mean that in the best way…a fractal of a book with crevices and corners for any reader to slip into.” — Nu Comics

"What were we just saying about pushing the boundaries of comics? With Mary Tyler MooreHawk, cartoonist Dave Baker asks all others to hold his beer. His impossible-to-classify comic is the kind of ambitious storytelling that drives readers to the mountain tops, ready to start a new religion, which would be very on-brand for this story in particular." — Comic Book Couples Counseling: "The 30 Best Comics of 2024 (So Far)"