Flight, Volume 1

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Volume One of Flight features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.
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Overview

Volume One of Flight features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Most of the stories in this gorgeous color anthology are about flying, but the title also refers to its contributors starting to take wing. The 21 young American cartoonists in the book-some of them still in college-met through their Internet comics; a few of them have never been published in print before. As Scott McCloud notes in his afterword, though, they're the future of comics. Many of them have assimilated manga and fine-art influences into their work; several use dazzling computer color techniques that have more to do with animation than traditional print comics. The sense of visual imagination at work owes almost nothing to traditional branches of comics art; there aren't many domestic or plebeian scenes. Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away), with his sense of wonder and formidable skill, is a touch point for many, but not in an overbearing way. Most of the contributors are clearly en route to solid comics careers, although a handful are still working out how to make their narratives as confident as their images. Highlights include Clio Chiang's "The Bowl," an ingenious, wordless variation on the classic three-wishes story that draws its visual language from cel animation; Jen Wang's "Paper & String," a lovely short story constructed out of collaged kite paper; Khang Le's "Outside My Window," a bittersweet childhood fantasy rendered in sketchy watercolors; and Derek Kirk Kim's "The Maiden and the River Spirit," a wry commentary on an Aesop fable. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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This themed short story collection has a little bit of every style of comics in it. Created by more than twenty up-and-coming comic artists, the collection focuses on the adventure of flying. Whether it is Copper's flying of the airplane he built, which falls apart mid-flight in Maiden Voyage by Kazu Kibuishi, or the adventures of Timber, a flying squirrel who proves that he is tall enough to fly to the neighboring roof in Beneath the Leaves-Jump by Rad Sechrist, the collection uses flight to explore the feeling of freedom, excitement, and escapism. An epilogue written by Scott McCloud rounds out the collection with an imagination of what the future will think of Flight and its talented online artists from the webcomic world. From story to story, the color art changes from muted to bright tones. Each artist has an individual style, adding to the freshness of this collection. The stories themselves are mostly brief interludes, causing the reader to want for more in some cases. The audience for this collection will vary because some stories would be fine for elementary age readers, whereas others have more mature themes. This amazing collection showcases the new talent of the comic industry, but the melding of many artistic styles still creates a cohesive collaboration. Libraries with larger graphic novel collections might not see this one circulate as well as the superheroes or manga, but they will want to add it to their collection to show patrons what some of the fresh faces of comics can do. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S G (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades10 to 12; Graphic Novel Format). 2004, Image Comics, 208p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Library Journal
This outstanding anthology, in beautiful full color, showcases 23 remarkably varied takes on the theme defined by the title, from the glory of a seaplane liftoff to a tribute to flights of imagination. The young cartoonists here, many of whom got their start in webcomics, present a hugely diverse range of styles, with storytelling ranging from accessible and endearing to obscure but compelling, and art evoking many American, Japanese, and European comics and animation antecedents. Highlights include Vera Brosgol's "I Wish...," in which a woman who has dreamed of flying grows wings; Jen Wang's collage-based "Paper and String," which brings two women together through a shared love of kites; and Phil Craven's sweet "Deep Blue," in which a cute penguin finds a way to act out its dreams of flying. But the book maintains a high degree of artistic quality virtually throughout. A couple of scenes, including a depiction of childbirth, may keep this out of some teen collections. But regardless of where it's shelved, this book belongs in every library. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582403816
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication date: 8/11/2004
  • Edition description: Not Appropriate For Children
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 10.28 (h) x 4.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2004

    Flight rules the shelves!

    I have had the good fortune to read this book before it reached print and have to say it is the finest art and Heartfelt storytelling that a graphic novel can provide. Within it's pages you will find talent from all over, from the animation industry to comics. even new and amazing talent that you will find here for the first time ever. This book is the dawn of a new era for comics...Watch...as comics take flight!

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