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Sun, 29 Jan 2006

Comics, Graphic Novels, Manga

ed. Byron Preiss, Howard Zimmerman,
Year's Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga
St, Martin's Press

This is a nice treat for comic and manga lovers as well as people interested in illustration generally. If you're already a fan then this book might point you towards things you might like to buy and if you're just vaguely interested, it gives quite a number of nice samples of different people's work on something like comic book paper and with lots of colour.

Graphic novel fans might not be quite as impressed as they're used to glossy productions and there seem to be no examples of French work and there is a very rich and long time running graphic novel scene there.

Anyway, it is a nice sampling, with all sorts of styles on show, from humorous to scarey, and from uplifting to vaguely psychotic. Also, the variety of drawing and presentation styles is interesting and even exciting. There is a lot of talent on show.

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