This is the definitive collection of the webcomic Cooper by Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the amazing Amulet series of Graphic novels. This volume enclosed the archive of the webcomic, a few new comics, a special introduction by the artist on how the series came about, and a step by step guide to how Kazu creates a cooper comic.
Cooper is the story of a dog and his boy, just trying to make their way in the world and find their place. Cooper is curious, creative and adventurous, and Fred his dog is fearful and disillusioned. The stories grew out of some of the darkest days in Kazu's life, and yet the comics always seem to end on a note of hope and expectation.
The artwork is amazing. To me it reads like Calvin and Hobbs - a little older, more mature and more productive and helpful. The variety of layouts and designs is stunning. From single-page story lines to multipage pieces it is visually stunning, with a wide variety of pallets and feel, yet always remaining true to a form and style. This will be a book I go back to again and again, sometimes just for fun, sometimes, when life gets difficult, to remind me to hope and try again. It is inspiring, and I am terribly glad I read it.
on 29 January 2010
The Copper book takes you trough years of the authors personal development in beautifully rendered fantasies and daydreams. Even though most of the drawings can be seen for free at the author's website, seeing them in a nice hardcover print adds a lot to the experience.
Also, there is a nice piece of background tekst at the end of the book about the author and his process of creation.
Print quality is excellent, the cover with bas-relief lettering looks splendid. Remarkably cheap for such a work of art, that spans so many years. Absolutely recommended.
Absolutely wonderful! This was a joy from start to finish for me. I loved the characters, the artwork, the storytelling, and the lovely feature at the end where this brilliant writer and artist takes us through his creative process. I love the Amulet series too and am always on the lookout for his work. Brilliant.
on 31 January 2012
Like the other books by this author (Amulet series), this is a wonderfully crafted story, with wonderful images. Perfect for engaging the relunctant reader. Young son could not (and would not) put this down till finished. Hope there will be more to follow.