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The Nao of Brown [Hardcover]

Glyn Dillon
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17 Sep 2012
Nao Brown is Hafu : half Japanese, half English. She suffers with OCD, but not the hand-washing, overly tidy type that people joke about. Nao suffers from violent morbid obsessions and a racing, unruly mind. She works part time in a designer vinyl toy shop, whilst struggling to get her own design and illustration career off the ground. She s looking for love the perfect love. But in meeting the man of her dreams, she realises that... dreams can be quite weird. Nao meditates in an attempt to quieten her mind and open her heart and it s through this that she comes to realise that things aren t so black and white after all. In fact, they re much more... brown.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: SelfMadeHero (17 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838423
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 20.1 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...mental illness is the engine of Glyn Dillon s lushly rendered, passionately digressive graphic novel THE NAO OF BROWN --The New York Times

Covering more than 200 pages, The Nao of Brown is an impressive piece- the result of three years of hard work. --Amanda L. Andrei, Asian Fortune News

We were won over by Dillon s exquisite pen and water colour drawings and highly original narrative, which encompasses both romance, psychological intrigue, quiet observation of human tics and epic sci-fi fantasy. --Esquire

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Glyn Dillon's comics illustrations have appeared in several works from Vertigo, including The Sandman. He has also worked as an artist, animator and designer in television. He lives in London, England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best graphic novel for years 15 Oct 2013
I saw a little of Glyn Dillon's work (in Deadline, Shade the Changing Man, and Sandman) in the '90s, and never forgot it: in the general school of Jamie Hewlett and Philip Bond, not too serious, but infectiously happy and full of deeply cool characters - you felt sort of hip just reading it.
I would have been nostalgically happy with more of the same, but Glyn Dillon has developed like a lunatic: his already exceptional art has evolved into really beautiful line-and-watercolour work, which just the same reads as fluently and grippingly as any comic; and he now seems to be an excellent, thoughtful writer, not trying to impress or condescending, but immersed in telling a warm, sensitive story about complex, surprising, and completely plausible characters. It is very satisfying to register for yourself the very many unlaboured internal connections and references he has troubled to make. Nao Brown is, I suppose, one of the deeply cool young people from his old work; but he is now interested in her thoughts and outlook...which turn out to be so utterly detached from her elegant, confident exterior that even the central romance of the story hardly seems to touch her (she seems more startled than anything when Gregory's thoughts seem eerily in tune with her own). Even with this seriousness, the story manages to seem light and happy.
It is very terrible to think that such an excellent and purely enjoyable comic might not find an audience. Unless you are totally opposed on principle to small-scale dramas, I guarantee you will not regret looking into this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 14 Sep 2013
By Vp
Having worked in mental health for many years this book provides a really insightful depiction of a type of OCD which is often not very well known. The art is also beautiful. I can't find fault with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!! 16 Jan 2013
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This is a truly wonderful book, it has the most wonderful watercolour artwork and is consistently beautiful all the way through. But unlike many comics isn't let down by the story which is strange and lovely. i was truly entranced finished in one epic sitting and then had to re-read it and found a whole new layer of meanings visual clues etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A quirky Buddhist graphic novel 28 Dec 2012
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This is clearly written from the heart and beautifully drawn. The subject matter isn't for everyone, but if you're interested in Buddhism, OCD or Japanese anime (especially if you tick all three boxes!) this is the book for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best graphic Novel of 2014? 23 Oct 2013
Best Graphic Novel of 2014? It just might be.

Definitely worth shoving under the nose of anyone who says graphic novels and comics are just for kids.

It's a deep and emotional story complimented by some stunning artwork.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 22 Oct 2013
My first thought is that I'm not too keen on the use of the word 'haafu' to describe mixed race Japanese people, and wouldn't recommend anyone using it. But some mixed race Japanese people do use it, so it's not out of character for Nao Brown in the story to do so.

That aside, this is a beautiful book, and one to read over and over again. There's a study guide to it by that the author recommends, but doesn't fully endorse here [...] for anyone struggling. I struggled with the correct meaning of Nao's constant ranking of things out of ten. Anyone else doing so should look at the washing machine settings on the front cover. ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introspective look at our thoughts 19 Mar 2014
By rubi
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Interesting work and beautiful and strong drawings with a very actual illness.
I liked it very much. made me think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can always tell... 17 Mar 2014
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You can always tell when you’ve really enjoyed a graphic novel when you begin to read and continue without pause – until the end of the story when you look up and feel the need to gaze out a window. That is exactly what happens with Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown.

This graphic novel goes beyond its expectations with expressive watercolours quickly absorbing this reader into the psyche of the main character ‘Nao’ – a half Japanese half English artist, struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and tormenting violent thoughts. We are taken into Nao’s murderous imaginings in which she humorously gives marks out of 10 over the perversity of her mind – 8 out of 10 for snapping a taxi driver’s neck, 9 out of 10 for stabbing her Buddhist teacher with a pen. It is in this particular scene, ironically set in a meditation centre, that we are introduced to one of the main themes of the book, the philosophies of Buddhism. Nao frequents this Buddhist centre to try and calm her anxious thoughts, and to open her heart as she takes part in drawing the “Enso”, the ink drawn circle. This shape symbolises enlightenment and mindfulness, and of being in the moment, which later her boyfriend Gregory – a washing machine repair man compares to the machine and consequently a shape that touches on a meditation of his own life.

Without giving too much away, Nao of Brown also contains a neatly interwoven story about a half-man, half-tree creature with a conker for his head named Pictor. Pictor’s lives in a different world and contrasts visually well with Nao’s story.

In short, Glyn Dillon has created meandering and tenuous links that chain together an honest, tender and ‘beautifully violent’ observation of life, slowed in a river of simple plot, panelled in the apt medium of the comic book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a solid introduction to the modern graphic novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful to look at but the plot is all over the place
Nao Brown is a Hafu : half Japanese, half English. She’s in her 20s. She shares a flat with a nurse. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Philtrum
2.0 out of 5 stars Lovely artwork, but the flow of the story isn't as good
I loved the artwork and the colours used in this book. Those who value unconventional things may enjoy this, but unfortunately, I've got to say that I didn't particularly like it,... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Vero Leonie
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Novel of the year.
Not going to bore you with a lot of piffle, it's an outstanding read, brilliantly written, and fab art. You will not be let down by this. Buy it.
Published 7 months ago by Scogy
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!
Beautiful to read and beautiful to look at. I laughed, I cried and didn't want it to end. It stays with you long after you have finished it.
Published 8 months ago by S Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Artists out there, prepare to drool.
Personally, I can't think of a single flaw in this book. Having taken roughly four years to create, you can really see the care Dillon poured into this book. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yasmine Rana
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money on this book
The drawings are cleveerly made , but the artist should have had a better script. Why not write about things that conserns us all? This is just arty farty nonscense. Read more
Published 17 months ago by P. R
5.0 out of 5 stars Right here, right Nao
When I finished reading this book, I just sat for a while, holding it and gazing at the front cover. Read more
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