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Stray
Stray
by Scott Lobdell
Edition: Comic

4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This review is from: Stray (Comic)
Think of this as a TV pilot. You get just enough of an introduction to the characters to decide if you want more. Unfortunately someone obviously didn’t as this was ‘all she wrote.’

Here is a budding actress and an alien scientist, in the body of a dog, teaming up to save the world. Despite being released in 2001 it has that 80’s TV feel. The characters are likeable enough but it’s all prologue without a lot of meat.

The art is good with plenty of talented names. It has a very dynamic layout and colouring and you get the feeling this is a very personal project with plenty of excitement and ideas in the design stages.

Thumbs Up!


Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser
Fafhrd And The Gray Mouser
by Mike Mignola
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This volume, of which I believe there are no more, adapts Fritz Leiber’s award winning tale Ill Met in Lankhmar. Very much in the sword and sorcery tradition of Robert E Howard this abridgement clips along at a fair old pace. It looks very thin but is so stuffed with dialogue it is a dense but flowing read.

There is a lot of world-building that is accomplished without the need for tedious prologues or narration, and also the emergence of some wonderful characters.

Unusually for this type of fiction there are strong and independent women unafraid to speak their minds or chastise the male protagonists.

The art isn’t particularly deep or sophisticated. There are plenty of plain backgrounds, but the colour choices evoke the feel of the dank and treacherous city of Lankhmar.

Thumbs Up!


by Shaun Tan The Arrival
by Shaun Tan The Arrival

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


The Arrival 1st (first) Edition by Tan, Shaun [2007]
The Arrival 1st (first) Edition by Tan, Shaun [2007]

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


[The Arrival] [by: Shaun Tan]
[The Arrival] [by: Shaun Tan]
by Shaun Tan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


[(The Arrival)] [ By (author) Shaun Tan ] [March, 2008]
[(The Arrival)] [ By (author) Shaun Tan ] [March, 2008]
by Shaun Tan
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover
The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover
The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


by Shaun Tan The Arrival Arthur A. Levine Books
by Shaun Tan The Arrival Arthur A. Levine Books
by N/A
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover
The Arrival by Tan, Shaun (2007) Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Double Thumbs Up!, 18 May 2015
This is a beautiful book, both artistically and emotionally. It follows the classic story of an immigrant arriving in a strange country and making his way the best he can. Along the way he meets other immigrants who all tell their own story of the flight from war, persecution and slavery.

The wonder of this book is that it is completely wordless. The lack of speech or narration immediately opens us up to the terror and confusion of being a stranger in a strange land echoing the protagonist’s experience. This new destination is full of unusual food, architecture, animals and machinery to such an extent that it might be on another planet.

The art is superb, looking entirely hand drawn in grey and brown pencils. From little narrative panels to huge double page spreads this seems to be visual archaeology with the constant feeling you are looking into the past. Everything has a period quality to it and you can see many famous influences from Dore etchings to newspaper photographs.

This is a brave and accomplished piece that although it feels over too quickly, rewards you for going back and peering deeper into the pictures.
Double Thumbs Up!


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