Flight

This beautiful color anthology sums up its theme in its title.

Most of these young cartoonists began doing comics online. As a result, readers may not be familiar with their names, but they will be impressed by their talents. A flip through the book reveals a wide variety of approaches, topics, and styles. Especially notable is the use of color, with subtle effects and impressive skill on display.

The first story, by Enrico Casarosa, takes the title literally, ending with a lovely two-page image of a seaplane taking off. Some have characters building flying machines or taking airplanes around the world or engaging in blimp piracy. Others aren’t so literal, involving flights of imagination.

Vera Brosgol’s “I Wish…”, about a teenage girl who grows wings, is a favorite. The dialogue between her and her friend is expressively realistic. Derek Kirk Kim provides a modern twist on a fable with “The Maiden and the River Spirit”.

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Phil Craven’s “Deep Blue” is a charming story of a penguin overwhelmed by crowds of his species. Seeking release, his creative solution inspirationally blends diving and flying. “The Bowl”, by Clio Chiang, graphically and wordlessly illustrates how an epitaph is a poor substitute for all the events of a long, rich life.

Jen Wang’s “Paper & String” covers kite-flying in a range of diverse art styles, including paper collage and found images of yearbook pages and newspapers. Its theme of escape through artistic creation makes it the highlight of the book.

This is a volume to savor, where the art is a visual feast to enjoy. There’s already a second collection, with more planned to follow. More information is available at flightcomics.com.


9 Responses to “Flight”

  1. Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] “Emma” (art by Vera Brosgul (Flight)) flashes further back, with a kid Zero finding a friend at an unexpected location: the comic store. It’s set in 1989, and the comic book titles of the time, dropped into the dialogue, make it sound like a modern golden age. What memories! Emma’s the niece of the store owner, and she’s completely lovable. She constantly says what’s on her mind, only belatedly realizing that she might sound rude and apologizing. She’s ostracized by other kids because they think comics are weird. She’s all big eyes behind glasses and closed-up body language. And she’s read everything in the store. [...]

  2. Villard Graphic Novels » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] imprint, is moving into graphic novels with several strong choices. They’re republishing the Flight series of anthologies, Elk’s Run is out very soon from them, and they’re also putting [...]

  3. Wire Mothers » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] familiar with the work of artist Dylan Meconis, but I’m told she has contributed to both Flight and Girlamatic. Her style here is cluttered (appropriate to the period) but still clear to read, [...]

  4. Demo » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Demo, writer Brian Wood (DMZ, Channel Zero) and artist Becky Cloonan (American Virgin, Flight) team up for a jaded look at the world through a variety of character studies of broken lives. [...]

  5. YA Book Interviews Include GN Artists » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] from comics are Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Kazu Kibuishi (Flight), Svetlana Chmakova (Dramacon), and Eddie Campbell (The Fate of the Artist). [...]

  6. miseter13 Says:

    i love these books a+++++++++

  7. The Middleman » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] If you want to try the comic, due out later this month is The Collected Series Indispensability, which reprints all three collections so far at the price of two. There are preview pages of some of the comics at the Viper Comics website. The network doesn’t seem to be afraid of the comic connection — in the TV site store, they have listed, in addition to the usual logo merchandise, collections of Astro City, Flash, Mouse Guard (all mentioned on the show) and other series not mentioned (like Flight). [...]

  8. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] best-known for editing Flight, but in this, his first long-form work, the pacing sets this story apart. The opening scene, which [...]

  9. Coming of Age With First Second: Anya’s Ghost, Level Up, and Zita the Spacegirl » Comics Worth Reading Says:

    [...] Ben Hatke (Flight Volumes 2 and 3), $10.99 US Book site Publisher [...]




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