Blue

Blue

by Pat Grant
     
 

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"Pat Grant is serious about comics." -- Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics

"Blue is everything a good comic can be." -- Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia

"An affecting coming-of-age graphic memoir." -- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life
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"Pat Grant is serious about comics." -- Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics, Reinventing Comics, and Making Comics

"Blue is everything a good comic can be." -- Shaun Tan, author of The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia

"An affecting coming-of-age graphic memoir." -- Paul Gravett, author of Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life

"Complex and beautiful... an uncommonly sophisticated look at prejudice and localism." -- Andy Khouri, ComicsAlliance

"While this graphic novel is strongly rooted in its Australian setting, the thorny questions of cultural identity, assimilation, and inexorable change are applicable to any place that sets up divides between people. So, to everywhere." -- Ian Chipman, Booklist

"Stunningly accomplished...a surf-punk-scored reflection on old friends and the roots of racism. Grant's Blue is a wholly original, enormously entertaining comic, heralding a new talent that we may be enjoying for decades to come." -- Noel Murray, The AV Club

"Grant's dialogue is keenly observed and the cast's grinning, scowling, spitting faces are enormously expressive. Where Blue succeeds most, though, is its sense of place." -- Martyn Pedler, Bookslut

Blue is the debut graphic novel of Australian cartoonist Pat Grant. It's a fascinating blend of autobiography and fiction with a sci-fi twist: in a seaside Australian town struggling with alien tentacle-creature immigration, a trio of aimless teenagers skip school to go surfing, chase rumors of a dead body, and avoid dealing with their own fears.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Christian, an Australian man, reminisces about a day in his teens when he and his friends skipped school to go surfing but got distracted by tales of a dead body on the train tracks. The corpse turns out to be one of two extraterrestrials that heralded the eventual mass immigration of blue, tentacled aliens that occupy Christian's adult life. This seems to be a very personal story for Grant; though obviously fantastical in content, he closes the volume with explanations as to which details came from his own life, and of the history of the Australian surf comics footnoted in the story. The themes about the transformation of culture and the change in viewpoint between adulthood and childhood find resonance with the presence of the aliens, and the tone is well managed. However, the connection between the plot minutiae and the purpose of the work might escape some readers, as may the aesthetics of the artwork. The grotesque figures—along with the local slang and general vulgarity—will not appeal to everyone, and serves somewhat to conceal the careful execution of some technically proficient storytelling that explores and reveals both the concerns and the unreliability of the narrator.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603091411
Publisher:
Idea & Design Works, LLC
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
27 MB
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