I Am Sorry
Art and Apologies
by Jack Bender
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Pub Date 12 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 17 Aug 2023
Girl Friday Productions, Flashpoint
I. Am. Sorry.
From Jack Bender, lead director/executive producer of the TV series Lost along with many other acclaimed shows, comes I Am Sorry—an unexpected and wholly unique take on what it means to be human.
Through the lens of his original paintings, paired with intimate and occasionally satirical atonements, this out-of-the-box book is provocative, raw, and universally relatable. Bender’s art illuminates people of all ages and from all walks of life, proposing that perhaps our biggest mistakes are our greatest opportunities to heal.
I Am Sorry is a perfect coffee table book and an extraordinary gift.
A Note From the Publisher
“This is great and original work.” ―Stephen King
“We live in a time when even apologizing has become politicized, but leave it to Jack Bender to find the humanity and beauty in three simple words. Equal parts hilarious, profane, and profound, this book is one I can guarantee that you will NOT be sorry to have read.” ―Damon Lindelof, cocreator of Lost and creator of The Leftovers and Watchmen
“I Am Sorry is the latest gem from my favorite artist, whose illustrations tell entire stories that will amaze you. A necessary book.”
―Mary-Louise Parker, author of Dear Mr. You and Golden Globe, Emmy, and Tony award–winning actress
“Jack Bender, in his inimitable style, turns a plaintive refrain into a vibrant and moving apologia. I Am Sorry is both brilliant art and heartbreaking allegory.”
―Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager and author of Born with Teeth
“Dark, beautiful, intense. The best work yet from one of my favorite visual storytellers.”
―Brian K. Vaughan, award-winning writer of Y: The Last Man and the Saga comic series
Jack will discuss the book and its launch when he does publicity for his TV series From in April 2023.
As a director and producer, Jack has spoken all over the world to a variety of groups. With support from his celebrity friends, he plans to do bookstore events in major cities along with speaking and celebrating the book in places like the 92nd Street Y.
Howard Stern is a major fan of From and has been a fan of many other shows including Lost, that he has done. Jack plans to schedule an interview on his show.
Anticipated Instagram Live with Jennifer Garner
Anticipated media buy in entertainment and art publications
Average rating from 8 members
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
I had no idea who Jack Bender is but I really liked the cover artwork on this book. He has a unique style, some of which I enjoyed and some less so. This is a quick read. Makes a good coffee table book.
This was a very quick read which left me wanting more. I loved the artwork and the messages/apologies. This is definitely a coffee table book, but a decent one.
The cover and title of this book piqued my interest. At 96 pages, it is an easy and quick read in which Jack Bender combines his art with apologies for something the person represented in the picture did or didn't do. Some were funny, some dark, some sentimental, etc.
Three small words but sometimes they're very difficult to say. Is there someone you should apologize to?
My thanks to Flashpoint for allowing me to access a DRC of this book via NetGalley. It is to be published on 9/12/23. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and have been freely given.
I Am Sorry: Art and Apologies by Jack Bender - a Coffee Table book featuring art and post secret confessions of mistakes and wrongs the author or others have experienced. Saying I Am Sorry in the world today is an art long forgotten. Too many people are busy Gaslighting each other that the art of an apology-admitting what you did and saying you are sorry and then not saying something stupid that negates the apology- is so far down the rabbit hole the rabbits are charging rent.
My interest was piqued by this new to me author not because he was the Director on Lost or involved with The Sopranos or Game of Thrones. It was more niche projects he directed that drew me in because who could forget Under The Dome and The Last Ship if you watched them. They were must watch T.V. and I loved them.
This book's dedication gut punched reminding yet again how we've lost John Ritter - a brilliant actor gone too soon. I knew then and there this book would have me nodding and sighing.
Who knew I am Sorry for ... statements could make you cringe, laugh, stare at artwork in sadness, giggle recalling a day in your past.
The one that mentioned "Late night conversations kept you up". Well, that hits me very different than the author intended. My late night conversation was a Sunday night that a group of friends who came over for a Christmas party that went past midnight and a very angry 5th grader came stomping out to yell "Go to bed! I have school in the morning!". Much giggling ensued and the side eyed of said 5th grader made us guffaw.
There is a particular picture that goes with a statement about rehab. It really made me stop and think. If one takes their time with this book, that is the purpose. Yes, some of the statements are off the cuff. But most are for meditating, marinating a minute. I thought about the times I'd go driving by myself and end up somewhere. But I'd find my way home. That thought was prompted by a page from this book.
I think some people would find the art in this book off putting but that's because they just don't care for it. Fans of Lost will want this book immediately.
I am giving this 4 stars. I really did enjoy this and I would read more like this from this author and artist.
Thank you to NetGalley, Girl Friday Productions, and Flashpoint Books for this Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.