Habibi by Craig ThompsonPosted: August 5, 2017 Filed under: Books, Comic | Tags: Books, Comic, Craig Thompson, English Leave a comment
An utterly moving yet harsh, cruel and absolutely unexpected graphic novel by Craig Thompson, a much praised comic book artist whose earlier novel Blankets I conveniently missed and now will catch up for sure.
Despite the fact that its almost 700 pages are full of gruesome violence, horrendous child abuse, victimization of women, lust for the underaged, slavery, female torture and executions, self-mutilation, pain and agony, Habibi is but a precious gem. A story of love that goes beyond hardship, beyond pain and suffering, beyond hatred and loss of manhood, beyond the will of cruel rulers and the deeds of cruel men.
It's a roller coaster of Thompson's vivid imagination and no less disturbing imagery, married and intertwined with quotes, fables and passages from the Bible and the Quran.
One of a kind. A brilliant piece of storytelling.
The Nobody by Jeff LemirePosted: June 26, 2017 Filed under: Books, Comic | Tags: Books, Comic, English, Jeff Lemire Leave a comment
A short small town story about a sad and lonely invisible man, a botched experiment, a typical mad scientist fiasco, a lineman roaming snowy streets and a local teenage girl growing up and becoming friends with the fellow.
Beautiful art by Jeff Lemire, as always – but overall, that's just a trifle, which lacks intensity and depth of Lemire's other graphic novels, especially Essex County.
30 minutes and done.
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian TamakiPosted: May 14, 2017 Filed under: Books, Comic | Tags: Books, Comic, English, Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki Leave a comment
A brilliant meditative growing up story, written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by her cousen Jillian.
Soft, gentle, developing slowly around feelings rather than actions, it's like a short long-form prose, повесть in Russian literary terms. A girl feels awkward, in doubt, happy, sad, light-hearted, in love, naw, she has a crush, jealous, disappointed, snappy, mean.
Good book, all in all. A perfect read on a bench in park, when the sun is finally heating up the air from this year's cold late spring.
Roughneck by Jeff LemirePosted: May 13, 2017 Filed under: Books, Comic | Tags: Books, Comic, English, Jeff Lemire Leave a comment
A beautifully composed and well paced a small town tough guy story written and drawn by Jeff Lemire, high contrast black and white colored in various shades of blue.
A short gripping tale, this one. Artistic merits outweigh complexity of the story 3 to 1. Yet, for me, it was a total page turner for one hour. No wonder some call Lemire the Stephen King of comic books, all thanks to the way he keeps you glued to the pages.
Like 'em when they're like this.
Овраги. Девять дней в Санкт-Петербурге Филиппа ЖирараPosted: December 4, 2016 Filed under: Comic, Non-fiction | Tags: Comic, Филипп Жирар, Philippe Girard, Russian Leave a comment
Видимо, слава Guy Delisle не даёт многим спать. Овраги – это затертая копия пхеньянского травелога, девять ничем не знаменательных и бледных дней путешествий квебекского автора комиксов по хипстерскому Питеру.
Прочитать за полчаса и забыть.
Голубые таблетки Фредерика ПитерсаPosted: June 12, 2016 Filed under: Comic, Documentary, Non-fiction | Tags: Comic, Frederik Peeters, Russian Leave a comment
Неожиданно нашёл на полке купленный год или два назад и взапой, за час, с сигарой и чаем, прочитал этот короткий трогательный роман в картинках.
Наилучший подход – даже не знать, о чем он, совсем не смотреть на рецензии и краткое содержание на обороте, когда начинаешь читать – тогда его тонкость, нежность, сомнения, страхи, переживания, предрассудки будут максимально выпуклы, неприкрыты, будут резать как нож. Я читал именно так.
А Земфира неправа, вот.
The Dead and the Dying. A Criminal edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean PhillipsPosted: September 27, 2015 Filed under: Comic, Fiction | Tags: Comic, Crime Fiction, Criminal, Ed Brubaker, English, Sean Phillips Leave a comment
Part three of the Criminal series is a beautiful three-part story told from three different angles.
Ed Brubaker's storytelling gets better by each part, it seems. Coward was ok, Lawless was good, and this one even better.
No point retelling the storyline here, though. Never saw a point in that.
Lawless. A Criminal edition by Ed Brubaker and Sean PhillipsPosted: September 26, 2015 Filed under: Comic, Fiction | Tags: Comic, Crime Fiction, Criminal, Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips 1 Comment
Part two of the Criminal series is entertaining, like all of Brubaker's noir graphic novels. To me, they all have the feel and touch of Westlake, Chase, and the likes of them. Brubaker is one of their kin for sure.
In essence, I'm convinced that comic books are a great medium for crime fiction, something quite on par with the great black and white noir movies. Even the ones with color, like this one, not just Frank Miller's Sin City.
This particular chapter is as good as others – it lacks one thing only – a gory finale, with blood splattering everywhere, and everyone, good, bad, innocent and guilty, moving their bodies in a well rehearsed John-Woo-of-the-80s dance of bullets and brains. On the other hand, I'd say not all good crime books end in death and suffering. So, maybe not too bad for a change, huh.
Dotter of her Father’s Eyes by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan TalbotPosted: June 22, 2015 Filed under: Books, Comic, Documentary, Non-fiction | Tags: Books, Bryan Talbot, Comic, English, James Joyce, Mary M Talbot Leave a comment
Bought it in Sipur Pashut bookstore in Tel-Aviv – a short one, less than one hundred pages, an-hour-and-half kinda read. At the beach, where else.
A strange story. It’s part memoir, part fictiotionalized drawn narrative about Lucia Joyce, James Joyce’s daughter, from her birth through career in dancing, at the backdrop of her tough relations with her mother Nora, and ending with Lucia being confined to a mental institution.
The story is told in juxtaposition with the memoir of Mary Talbot herself, a daughter of a renown British Joycean scholar, and her difficult relationship with her own father.
What gives this book special flavor of sorts is the fact that the drawings are made by Bryan Talbot, the cartoonist who is also Mrs. Talbot’s husband. A family enterprise, so to say.
Overall conclusion is that the pictures were great, but for me, it didn’t went anywhere past my beach read. Maybe it will, for devoted Joyce fans, but not for me. But I also suspect, it might just as well sparkle their anger. Who knows, huh.
Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time by Hope LarsonPosted: May 8, 2015 Filed under: Comic, Fiction | Tags: Books, Comic, English, Hope Larson, Madeleine L'Engle, Science Fiction Leave a comment
I haven’t read the original A Wrinkle in Time, so hard for me to compare. Seems like a decent sci-fi story for teenagers, beautifully drawn and all.
But I won’t give it more than that, a children’s book, an old and renowned one, but still.