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Wolf's Whistle, The
Wolf's Whistle, The
by S.J. Donaldson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing tale of a wolf with big dreams, 21 Aug 2011
This review is from: Wolf's Whistle, The (Hardcover)
It's refreshing to come across a graphic novel which is different from most of the other fayre out there. The Wolf's Whistle is one of them. First in a line of a series of storybooks (overseen by the team that have brought you the Nobrow anthologies) which take a different perspective on our most loved fairytale characters.

This is the story of a wolf who wants to be a comic artist and a superhero. Finding common friends at art school, he goes on to pursue his dream, only to find out that fate can sometimes be cruel.

Bjorn Rune Lie's artwork evokes the illustrative style of the 1950's with its flat colours and printed look. It's a short story, and perhaps for the recommended price, a little expensive. But the quality of the art, for me, makes up for that. Nicely written in a children's story book style, if you like good design but with a different edge, then I'd recommend this.


Blacksad
Blacksad
by Juanjo Guarnido
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cold War Noiresque Thriller...with animals?, 21 Aug 2011
This review is from: Blacksad (Hardcover)
I was recommended to read this graphic novel by a colleague of mine, He kept raving about the fantastic artwork and the gripping story. I purchased a copy from Amazon and duly read it. I was not disappointed.

On the surface Blacksad is a funny animal story in the tradition of mid twentieth century animation and comic art. But this tale runs deeper than this, for this is as much as an allegory of 1950's America with blacklisting, racial upheaval, cold war tensions and ex-Nazi scientists. On top of this is the excellent character, Blacksad, a black cat detective trying to get to the bottom of the three mysteries contained within this volume, ably assisted (or hindered) by Weekly, a ferret with hygiene issues. Think Walt Kelly's sharply satirical Pogo crossed with the noiresque writing of Raymond Chandler with a dash of cold war conspiracy.

The artwork is superb. Juanjo Guarnido's beautifully rendered, mellow watercolour and ink washes add to the mood of this story, while his ability to capture the gamut of expressions in his characters is some of the finest that I have seen.

If you enjoyed Bryan Talbot's Grandville, then I would strongly recommend this.


Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists
Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists
by Mark A. Simon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful tool for Illustrators and Animators alike, 30 Jun 2009
I bought this book a couple of years back and was pleasantly surprised at its content. It features a range of different actors sporting a range of expressions. Typically each model has been shot from a number of different angles for each expression. The book also contains a section on Phonemes which is a useful tool for animators. Other sections include a section of hats and a sequential expressions gallery. On the downside - some of the photos in this book are a bit blurry and the paper the book is printed on does not lend itself well to showing some of the finer detail of the heads - glossier paper would have worked better. It would also have been nice to have colour photos which tend to show light and shadow in a more naturalistic fashion. Nevertheless for the price you get pretty much what it says on the cover and a handy reference of faces in addition to your own.


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