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FUNERAL OF THE HEART Paperback – 24 Apr 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; 01 edition (24 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560978880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560978886
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,032,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This book is appalling. The drawings look like they were done by a five year old, the stories have no weight to them and are the meanderings of an inexperienced and clueless writer. To be honest, it's mostly just large, unsightly drawings of unrealistic humans with no expressions followed by entire pages or white writing on black. Hayes uses the scratchboard technique to tell her boring stories and it's only this that warrants mentioning Thomas Ott and Frans Masereel. Ott and Masereel are real talents, creating unforgettable images and crafting brilliant stories with their work. In fact even just mentioning the two in relation to Leah Hayes is doing them a disservice. If you're interested in comics and/or scratchboard stories/pictures done well then avoid this book completely and check out Thomas Ott and Frans Masereel. What were the publishers thinking?
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Powerful - but oh, so bleak. Not a comic so much as somewhat ham-fisted prose made kind of tolerable by the accompanying, equally rudimentary graphics
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I have a very soft spot for the work of Thomas Ott, the graphic artist par excellence of the scratchboard, whose masterwork, Dead End, deserves to be read by anyone interested in comics. I was enticed into buying this book, Funeral of the Heart, solely from the publisher's short blurb in Previews and by the fact that Leah Hayes is another exponent of the scratchboard. To surmise that you will like her work because you might like Thomas Ott's is like saying that you will like Neal Adams's work if you like Gary Panter's (or, perhaps more appropriately, vice versa) just because they both work in the medium of comics. So when I opened the book for the first time I was taken aback and originally wanted to put the book straight onto eBay, unread, and chalk it up to experience. If there can be polar opposites in the field of comics using scratchboard then Leah Hayes and Thomas Ott occupies those positions. Ott's work is almost wordless and he takes away from the board what would normally be left bare if you used a normal pen or brush; Hayes' work is wordy, laboriously so with whole pages painstakingly handlettered, where for the most part what is taken away being what a normal pen or brush would put down. There is no denying the amount of work put in to the drawings and there are some pages of the book which really stand out (such as the gnarled hand of the dead grandmother, or the page with the duck being embraced). However, it is the melancholic sadness of the stories which are most affecting. All five stories take place in a non-specific time and geographical location which makes them easily identifiable with and understandable. They are almost like haunting children's stories which refuse to conclude with a happy ending (and are all the better for that).Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre 16 Jan. 2010
By Selib - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're purchasing this product please note that it does not really fit into the category of a graphic novel. This is a collection of five short stories with minimal character development and unsatisfying plot resolutions. There are "graphics" followed by pages of paragraphs. The stories end abruptly perhaps purposely to enhance the sense of futility they bring. If this book had more depth of feeling it might be better. If you're looking for a quality graphic novel I would suggest "A Contract with God" by Will Eisner.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dirge 17 May 2010
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is appalling. The drawings look like they were done by a five year old, the stories have no weight to them and are the meanderings of an inexperienced and clueless writer. To be honest, it's mostly just large, unsightly drawings of unrealistic humans with no expressions followed by entire pages or white writing on black. Hayes uses the scratchboard technique to tell her boring stories and it's only this that warrants mentioning Thomas Ott and Frans Masereel. Ott and Masereel are real talents, creating unforgettable images and crafting brilliant stories with their work. In fact even just mentioning the two in relation to Leah Hayes is doing them a disservice. If you're interested in comics and/or scratchboard stories/pictures done well then avoid this book completely and check out Thomas Ott and Frans Masereel. What were the publishers thinking?
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