Finder: Talisman

Finder: Talisman

by Carla Speed McNeil
     
 

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Carla Speed McNeil is the writer/artist of four volumes of Finder, as well as the creator of the comic Mystery Date. She is the winner of the 1998 Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Promising Newcomer Award and the 1998 Ignatz Award for Best New Talent. See more details below

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Carla Speed McNeil is the writer/artist of four volumes of Finder, as well as the creator of the comic Mystery Date. She is the winner of the 1998 Friends of Lulu Kim Yale Promising Newcomer Award and the 1998 Ignatz Award for Best New Talent.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
The three issues collected here have been nominated for a handful of Eisner Awards. They've earned it; McNeil's voice is genuinely original, bursting with fresh ideas on every page. This story is about Marcie, a young girl who loses a beloved storybook, tries and fails to find the book and, struggling with the pain of losing those stories, becomes-or tries to become-a writer. What makes the tale come alive is the ceaselessly inventive social and personal background-a deft mix of family conflict, youthful introspection and canny social observations-against which McNeil tells of an alien world very much like our own. Everything is high-tech, but there's a little bit of magic, too. Reading printed books is "a rather archaic skill, like penmanship," now replaced by skull computers, literally plugged into jacks in the scalp. People are raised in social clans and movies include "mood tracks" that viewers can wire directly into their brains to intensely experience cinematic visuals with all their senses and emotions. Ultimately, this wonderful book is about the mesmerizing power of storytelling itself. McNeil's crosshatched black-and-white artwork is impressively facile, lovely and evocative, capturing the way people's bodies change over time and segueing smoothly through Marcie's fantasies of writing and return to reality. McNeil has a keen eye (and ear) for human interactions and acutely captures the inner lives of her characters. In a notes section at the end, she cheerfully describes how she drew or conceived many of the pages. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967369136
Publisher:
LightSpeed Press
Publication date:
05/15/2002
Series:
Finder Series, #4
Pages:
96
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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