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Flight: Volume Two (Flight Graphic Novels): 2 [Paperback]

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1 April 2007 Flight Graphic Novels (Book 2)
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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in modern graphic short stories. 24 Jan 2008
By E. Lavelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Flight is a compliation of comics and short stories featuring the best in modern graphic design. The stories are sweet and often a bit heart warming, not for ones who prefer their comics full of gore. Comes in a super thick high quality, paperback with glossy pages, you'll find yourself turning page after page and staring in wonder. Would make a really excellent gift for the artist or art lover in your life. Flight is truly spectacular!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite volume of the series 17 May 2010
By Ryan Agadoni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For those unfamiliar with the series, Flight is a compilation of short stories by a wide range of artists. Typically, these are solo jobs, with the artist handling all duties. The subjects vary, though many take place in fantastic other-worldly places. Some stories are funny, some are serious, some are sad, some are about simple joy. The quality is almost entirely very high: great stories married to terrific illustration. There are very few duds to be found (only one comes to mind for me in this book).

My favorites from this volume: Solomon Fix by Doug TenNapel (wonderful illustration style, great humor and characters, great minimalist color -- would like to see more of this world); Dance of the Sugar Plums by Don Hertzfeldt (simple drawings married to weird scenes scripted on post-it notes); Laika by Doug Holgate (really charming story about a dog shot into space); The Ride by Rodolphe Guenoden (beautiful illustrations with excellent story-telling). There are many other great selections as well, but those are my picks.

If you're a fan of anthologies that display the talents of a diverse selection of very creative people, give this one a shot.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Reader for the Those Folks Looking for Something Different 10 Oct 2011
By ObiWanShinobi - Published on Amazon.com
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As a huge fan of independent comics, one of the big issues I have is that a lot of the work out there is hard to access or really enjoy, as it's either too small to "find", and/or too far out there to really justify a purchase. This anthology does a fantastic job of compiling a fascinating variety of good, solid and most importantly, imaginative works from lots of small time one-off illustrators/writers.

The result is a fairly substantial "grab-bag" of assorted goodness. Most of the pieces are only a couple of pages long, so there's room for a lot of different flavors. And while throwing a lot of different work into a single anthology is in-and-of-itself not a Herculean Task...having all that material generally organized in a way that's both worthwhile and engaging is. And that's where this book excels...the quality of the work in here, and the way in which is presented is both refreshing and rewarding.

There is definitely something for everybody in here, and I would be hard-pressed to say that the "something" in that statement is limited to any one single "thing".

If I were attempt to seriously list out major works whose unique style might be reflected in this here collection.... I would maybe venture to say something like "If you like Bone, Amulet, Bloom County/Outland, etc.... you'd enjoy this" but it's really hard (in the best way possible) to simply reference any any one particular thing that gets at the majority of the work in here.

So if you're a fan of independent comics, and like unique visual/writing styles that actually have some substance to them, and are looking for a nice Sunday read ...well then I am going to go right ahead and highly recommend you pick this up...you'll be glad you did!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, light comics anthology 13 Aug 2011
By Sibelius - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This anthology of whimsical comics clocks in with 30+ stories spread out over 430 pages. While the quality of art is of fairly high quality the stories themselves are a somewhat mixed bag.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, really stunning!! The launch of Rex, and Jeff Smith too!! 14 Sep 2013
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Flight, volume two, picks up where the first left off, which is to showcase amazing young illustrators telling strange stories vaguely (or directly) related to flight and flying. This is a hefty one of 430 pages that contains the work of 33 artists telling their stories.

The set opens with an amazing wordless story (many of the subsequent pieces in this volume are wordless as well) about a young space fox engaging with a cool flying space fox that splits his planet in two, the first of a fantastic series about Rex by Michael Gagne that continues until Volume Seven. Wow! "Solomon Fix" shows a young dogy preparing for a weird afternoon tea, dealing with the anxiety of having visitors. Yes, very strange indeed, and some wild, edgy architecture and physical comedy. Wonderful stuff. "Robot Sparrow" shows some wild, innocent stuff - a robot learns how to dream by interacting with a migrating sparrow. Oooo-kay.... "Dead Souls Day Out", a Malinky Robot Story, shows what happens in a future wasteland when two urchins run into some money. "Monster Slayers" has some nice artwork, but not much of a story; it's about luckless monster slayers hired to slay a tentacled well-monster in the desert. "The Golden Temple" by Neil Babra continues the story of a young Indian emigre who returns to his native land, this time wryly interacting with a cousin in another part of India from wherever it was that he had his glass of water in Volume One. Aaaaahhh... Don Hertzfeld's bold stick figure drawings are eery, efficient, and more than just a little creepy! "Destiny Express" is a well-drawn, but very quietly naive pice set in a train station of the interaction between an old conductor with a guilty past and a young artist who wants to become trapped in time. Great drawings!! "The Orange Grove", a spooky little manga-like piece in black and white (and orange) tells the tale of a young romance, of a fisher-boy falling in love with an actress girl, his fisher-father trying to keep his son away from her play, the weird whale tale that sets up their reunion (she's moving away). Sweet storytelling, and great art by the editor of Flight, Kazu Kabuishi. "Weather Vain" by Hope Larson is a cute, illustrative tale of weather systems and romance. Very creative!! Coloured in white and blue, with weather symbols in the red margins, it's very nice indeed. "Heads Up" is wild tattoo-ish art by Becky Cloonan (not sure what the story is about, though...). "Tendergrass" is beautiful wordless cornfield snake autopsy art done in sepia. "For Rachel". Wow!! "Last Things Last" is more wordless art by Kean Soo (initially), a bald man and a dog haunt a wake and engage in reunions and mourning. Nice doors, tables, chairs, vases, sunsets, human interaction, emotion. "Cellmates" is about a young man in jail, the spot of sunlight on the floor, and a neighbour rat. Sad what a life can devolve to. "The Ride" is totally wordless, about a bicycle race between a laborer and a sexy woman who leads him into town. It's lascivious and sinister and darn beautiful and expressive. Wow! "Laika" is a cool wordless comic about the Soviet space dog's alternate future exploring strange mutant worlds. "Ghost Trolley" is about a ghost trolley in a strange Ghibli architected world-of-wonder. Groovy greatness. "Wilford's Stroll" has a puppy dog wanting to go out in the rain, his lazy/sexy mistress just wants to snooze - they come across the cloud-cleanser, who takes them for a ride. Nice! Very Lilo And Stitch, especially the young mistress. "Impossible" is another funky/sexy tale of a beauitful young lady and her dog going on walks in the park, imps prevent her from actually talking to the hunk she likes who hangs around by the pond. Beautiful, but... yawwwwnnn!!!! "Dust On The Shelves" is a cool 20-plus year story about two young French BD-lovers falling in love with each other, their identities permanently attached to the BD shop that they met in, everyone growing older (dating, love, marriage, adulthood, parenthood...). Nice. "This Time" is a cool adventure by Clio Chiang that shows a young flower thief building a monument to the boy she admires. Nice!! "Blip Pop" is a cool Heavy Metal-like freak world comic about a young green-skinned hipster ("This street used to be "cool" and weird but now it's just so normal." She buys some bubble juice that makes her float and fly with the cloud beings, who save her from a certain death. It's just like a Shonen Knife album cover. "Moustrap" by Johane Matte is a nutty story about a freaky Egyptian cat that defies a mouse that enters her world - but it's a magic mouse that turns a pond into the universe. Nice. "Sirius and Betalgeuse" is a seriously cool story about our two planet-hoppers/eaters as they bounce around the solar system. Wonderful stuff by J Smith, who did Bone. "The Flying Bride" is stylish stuff in sepia showing a damsel in Victorian distress, bullied by her suitor, saved by a group of flying-car weirdos, carried off by a gorilla. Weird!! Great anthropomorphic action, though - really something to rival Indiana Jones stunts!! "Plank" is a short tale about the world's cutest little red-pigtailed girl pirate. "Icarus" is about the young Greek family that wants to fly (but still ends up on Minos anyway). "A Test For Cenri" is about a young dragon fighter, it's very much like some sort of anime story of a warrior-in-training. Yawwn... "La Sonadora" is a similarly- adolescent tale of fairie daughters of a fairie grandmother who's become corrupt and wants to suck the energy from the stars, until she's saved by a solar squirrel. Silly. "Skyblue" is an enchanting tale of a young pixie who dances with butterflies. It sounds lame, but it's drawn in a beautiful way that evokes 1970s album covers and a trippy Heavy Metal take on things. Nice. "Beisbol" tells the tale of a young Cuban ball player, Francisco Sanchez, and his relationship with a kindly old former pro, who gives him his first real baseball. Also nice (and we see a bit more of Francisco in later volumes of Flight). The final page is about the salmon running in my home town of Mississauga. Extra nice!
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