Flight, Volume 2

Flight, Volume 2

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by Kazu Kibuishi
     
 

The graphic novel anthology that solidified the stature of the FLIGHT series as one of the most thoughtful, beautifully rendered works in the field.

"Last year, the first volume of Flight introduced a squadron of talented young cartoonists whose anime/animation influence struck a fresh note among jaded comics readers. This edition shows substantial

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The graphic novel anthology that solidified the stature of the FLIGHT series as one of the most thoughtful, beautifully rendered works in the field.

"Last year, the first volume of Flight introduced a squadron of talented young cartoonists whose anime/animation influence struck a fresh note among jaded comics readers. This edition shows substantial growth while introducing some veterans, such as Jeff Smith (Bone) and Doug TenNapel (Creature Tech)...The sheer force of creative energy on display is impressive." — Publishers Weekly for Flight, Volume Two (starred review)

"The first Flight anthology was one of those universally-beloved comics, and the second volume is maybe a little bit better." — The Fourth Rail for Flight, Volume Two

"The quality is simply outstanding. It's probably safe to say that among its 432 pages, Flight has something to offer just about everyone." — Comixfan.com for Flight, Volume Two

Authors contributing to Flight, Volume Two include: Michel Gagne, Doug TenNapel, Catia Chen, Jake Parker, Sonny Liew, Khang Le, Neil Babra, Don Hertzfeldt, Jen Wang, Kazu Kibuishi, Hope Larsen, Becky Cloonan, Matthew Woodson, Kean Soo, Phil Craven, Rodolphe Guenoden, Doug Holgate, Rad Sechrist, Justin Ridge, Herval, Bannister, Clio Chang, Ryan Sias, Johane Matte, Jeff Smith, Giuseppe Ferrario, Ben Hatke, Amy Kim Ganter, Joana Carneiro, Kness, Richard Pose, 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:
9780345496379
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/10/2007
Series:
Flight Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
494,288
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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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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