Friday, April 20, 2012

Flights of Fantasy

The best part about anthologies and short story collections is finding an author you wouldn't have encountered otherwise.  And then devouring everything else that author or artist has ever written.  So pick up a copy of Flight, any of the volumes, and dive in.  There's something for everyone in this collection of indie comics edited by Kazu Kibuishi. 

The library has several comics by artists who've contributed short stories to Flight.

There's Doug TenNapel (he created Earthworm Jim!) who has written Ghostopolis, Bad Island, Tommysaurus Rex, and many others.  His stories are kooky but full of action.  I cannot just sum up any of his books, but they remind me of the crazy stories my brothers used to make up.  Only better.  Just don't tell my brothers I said that.

Vera Brosgol, a Russian immigrant who's worked with Nickelodeon, who published her first graphic novel last year. Anya's Ghost is creepy ghost story about a teenaged immigrant who accidentally finds & befriends a ghost with a questionable past.  

Michel Gagne, who's worked at Disney, Pixar, and Warner Bros (which explains why his art looks familiar), and his book The Saga of Rex.  It's wordless, beyond adorable, and all about aliens and fuzzy critters.  Unbearably cute fuzzy critters.

Gene Luen Yang has been making comics since 1996 and has written several graphic novels. American Born Chinese and Level Up both deal with being Asian American, stereotypes, and fitting in. They also have some truly cool surreal bits like a trio of creepy obsessive angels & the Monkey King from Asian folklore.

Sonny Liew, who has illustrated Iron Man, My Faith in Frankie, and Malinky Robot, also drew Re-Gifters, a comic about a short-tempered girl in a Korean martial arts competition.  Just one problem - she has to compete against her crush!

Kazu Kibuishi, the creator & editor of Flight, also created the Amulet series.  After her father's death, Emily and her family find themselves living in her great-grandfather's weird house which, of course, is a secret entrance to a world filled with robots and tentacled creatures.   

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