Flight, Volume 1

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Originally published by Image Comics in 2004, Flight, Volume One launched this graphic novel series with a resounding bang. Since then the Flight series has steadily increased in popularity–and now all of the Flight backlist will be coming to Villard!

Flight, Volume One received a great boost when graphic novel hero Scott McCloud praised the quality and artistry of the book in an afterward entitled THE YEAR COMICS TOOK FLIGHT. Little could readers know at the time how prophetic ...

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Overview

Originally published by Image Comics in 2004, Flight, Volume One launched this graphic novel series with a resounding bang. Since then the Flight series has steadily increased in popularity–and now all of the Flight backlist will be coming to Villard!

Flight, Volume One received a great boost when graphic novel hero Scott McCloud praised the quality and artistry of the book in an afterward entitled THE YEAR COMICS TOOK FLIGHT. Little could readers know at the time how prophetic McCloud’s words would prove to be.

“Regardless of where it’s shelved, this book belongs in every library.” — Library Journal on Flight, Volume One

Authors included in Flight, Volume One are: Bengal, Bill Mudron, Catia Chien, Chris Appelhans, Clio Chiang, Derek Kirk Kim, Dylan Meconis, Enrico Casarosa, Erika Moen, Hope Larson, Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, Jake Parker, Jen Wang, Joel Carroll, Kazu Kibuishi, Khang Le, Neil Babra, Philip Craven, Rad Sechrist, and Vera Brosgol.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With truly stellar art from masters of the field, this fantasy anthology is a must for comics connoisseurs and a delight to readers who like pretty stories. Fanciful tales of children, monsters, fairy-filled forests and imagined worlds create an enchanted escape. Some of the stories are entirely wordless, while others are told from a child's point of view. Tony Cliff's "Old Oak Trees," recounts how the author's grandmother found a sort of "Wind in the Willows" gang of talking animals who live and love and play cricket in the local woods. Ben Hatke's "The Edge" follows two brothers who find out who really lives at the edge of the world. Kean Soo's almost heartbreakingly winning "Jellaby" is an account of a girl and a monster at a tea party. Multiple Academy Award-nominee Bill Plympton tells the story of "The Cloud," a little puff of vapor who just wants to float into representational shapes, but is squelched by its elders. Editor Kibuishi's contribution is also charmingly drawn but far from lighthearted; it details what happens when boys playing soldiers turn into men. Flight mixes the influences of comics, animation and classic children's illustration into a timeless fantasy. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA - Lisa Martincik
The third volume of the popular Flight anthology series sees a switch in publishers but little other difference. Readers still get more of the short, inventive, and beautifully illustrated stories that graced previous volumes. No theme connects them. In Michel Gagne's wordless Underworld, a brave young fox follows butterflies down a hole to find a strange and perilous world. Two children try to alleviate boredom by sharing tea with a large, perplexed purple dragon in Jellaby: The Tea Party by Kean Soo. Editor Kibuishi contributes a tale of two boys who go from playing war to living it in The Iron Gate. Contributors range from established pros like Bill Plympton to names relatively new to the medium, with a few making return appearances from earlier books. This collection bursts with amazing color and sharp, clean art. The care put into these works is obvious, and the range of subject matter and storytelling style makes for fascinating reading from a technical perspective. Old or new creator, everything gleams with competence and polish. As for content, stories run the gamut: joy, disappointment, wonder, and bittersweet sadness. Many, although not all, venture into the realms of science fiction, fantasy, talking animals, or outright strangeness. Others are grounded in simple reality. Some concepts are stronger than others, however, and the overall effect is rather evanescent. Not every story is entirely satisfying on its own, but as a package, the book is a great anthology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345496362
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/10/2007
  • Series: Flight Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 202,161
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kazu Kibuishi was 24 years old and working full-time in the animation industry when he began developing the idea of doing Flight. He began contacting his friends in the animation, comics, and graphic novel world to see if they would want to join the project. Little did he know that it would draw him into comics full-time. He now works from his home studio in Pasadena, California, creating and promoting Flight and his popular young adult comic Daisy Kutter, which was nominated as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults -- the only graphic novel on the list in 2005.
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