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best of the year

Hey, I hear from Joe Gordon at the Forbidden Planet blog that he's just posted my interview.
Go have a look!. :-)

Edit: Here are links to the reviews I mentioned in the interview:
The Arrival by Sean Tan
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham.

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_w_o_o_d_
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Good choice of books. I loved "three shadows" and "the arrival". This Bob Graham book also looks interesting... The art reminds me a little of Sempé
jabberworks
Jan. 5th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the link! I love Sempé's work in Le petit Nicolas books, and I just bought a copy of Catherine Certitude by Sempé and Patrick Modiano; I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it looks great.

I think I've seen much more dramatic and remarkable books this year than the Bob Graham book. But I think what struck me about that one was how it was just quietly good, and not trying to be overly clever, just a well-told story for children, that's also accessible to adults and people who might not read comics that often.

The comics crowd didn't make a big deal over the Graham book because it's not particularly daring or artsy, but I think it pushes boundaries in a more subtle way. It's the kind of book that will sell as a picture book and get people into reading comics almost without noticing they're doing it. (Satoshi Kitamura, Posy Simmonds and Raymond Briggs also manage to pull this off.) I think we need more of these kinds of books so we can gradually push British readers into accepting and appreciating the kinds of comics that French, Belgian and Japanese children and adults read regularly.

Edited at 2009-01-05 02:50 pm (UTC)
phlebas
Jan. 5th, 2009 04:57 pm (UTC)
I still have to read The Arrival - picked it up a little while and it's still on the pile so far. Looking forward to it though - it seems to come very highly recommended.

Wasn't it a unicorn in Blade Runner?
jabberworks
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think you're right. Yes, 'The Arrival' is an amazing book! It's the kind of book that would take most people most of their lives to produce, but Sean Tan keeps putting out fab books on a regular basis. He must be a total workhorse.
jabberworks
Jan. 5th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry, work unicorn.
phlebas
Jan. 6th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hee.
Has he done many books, then? I hadn't heard of him apart from The Arrival being recommended by everyone, but then stumbled upon The Red Tree in a bookshop while looking for something else and it's quite beautiful.
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