A reader review from Amazon.com

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A reader review from Amazon.com

Post by Phil » Tue Aug 31, 2004 4:12 pm

Not sure who this is--if we know him or not--but he wrote a nice review on Amazon's site...

***** Oh wow... August 18, 2004
Reviewer: Jimmy Lin (New Brunswick, NJ USA)

Remember 1990 and what a desolate time it was for comics? The major companies weren't doing anything remotely interesting and had started the whole mess of needing to buy 5 titles to get a single story; Image hadn't come along to with creator-owned stuff yet; and Jademan had pulled out of the US market. Sure, there were a few bright spots - The Vertigo line was just starting, but overall, it was pretty bleak.

All of a sudden, Heavy Metal got a second wind and started publishing *good* stories again - full of life and vibrance and with plots and art that weren't afraid of nay-saying normalists. Nothing lasts forever, but for a few years, Heavy Metal was the place to go for interesting stories every month.

Reading *Flight* took me back to those days, back to when, as a jaded teen, I opened up Heavy Metal and was blown away by the vitality of the art and writing on the page.

Kazu Kibuishi's genius was to ask a bunch of his webcomics and artist friends to contribute to an anthology, which was intended for a small press release. Little did they know that Image Comics would see their work and be blown away enough to publish it, thus ensuring that a larger audience would read it.

*Flight* is a collection of stories, many of them having to do with flying, but not all. There's an action story involving a zeppelin; a wonderful mixed-media story about discovering people you've know for years; a nearly wordless piece about triumphing over fear (my personal fave, done by Dylan Meconis and Bill Mudron); a post-script by Scott McCloud; and a couple "Copper" pieces by Kazu himself (featured on his website www.boltcity.com).

These are comics, pure and simple. Graphic storytelling at its best by people who don't care about "rules" in art and who didn't wait for "permission" to make their own book. There's nothing trendy or throw-away in this book - no manga, no steroid-superheroes, no grim lines to be muttered in a badas$mofo manner. Little tales - some cute, some dark, some deeply personal, some poetic. All of 'em wonderful.

Pick it up. Pick it up and read it. And then give it to a friend. And then tell someone else about it. Because work like this deserves to be seen

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Post by Stick » Wed Sep 01, 2004 12:52 am

one of those things that give me a warm feeling in my belly. :)

oh wait. i have diarrhoea. i'll be back.

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Post by neil » Wed Sep 01, 2004 1:09 am

Wasn't he the fellow shooting the 24hr comics documentary at the con? I think we do know him... But yeah, this is great.

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