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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Flight, Volume 3


Flight, Volume 3

Authors/Illustrators:

Chris Appelhans• Matthew Armstrong • Neil Babra • Bannister • Chuck BB • Catia Chien • Tony Cliff • Becky Cloonan • Phil Craven • Matthew Forsythe • Alex Fuentes • Michel Gagne • Rodolphe Guenoden • Steve Hamaker • Paul Harmon • Ben Hatke • Azad Injejikian• Kazu Kibuishi • Khang Le • Reagan Lodge • Johane Matte • Bill Plympton • Dave Roman • Israel Sanchez • Rad Sechrist • Kean Soo • Yoko Tanaka • Joey Weiser

Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN-10: 0345490398
ISBN-13: 978-0345490391


Flight, Volume 3 is one of the most visually arresting, sumptuous books I’ve ever seen. The art is simply glorious. Every page is a step into a dream of illustration by various illustrators, artists, and animators. As if this feast for the eyes in is this third volume in an astounding series weren’t enough, the writing and storytelling is this book are simply phenomenal.

Underworld, animator Michael Gagne's tale of a heroic young fox who battles a serpentine beast underground is undeniably eloquent and touching. It is told visually and amazed me to no end at just how much could be said without words.

In The Cloud, longtime animation veteran Bill Plympton tells the story of a little cloud who just wants to float along into different shapes who’s elders try and get him to conform to their rules. Plympton makes a great statement in this story about standing out and marching to your own drum. I loved it and wanted more.

One of my favorites was Kean Soo’s Jellaby a heart wrenching story of a little girl having a tea party with a monster. Simply beautiful.

Kazu Kibushi is the editor and driving force behind the book and deserves to be commended for this sublime volume. This book is highly recommended and should be on every library’s shelf.

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