- Posted by Johanna on May 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Mark Kalesniko broke through as a major talent just after the turn of the millennium with his Mail Order Bride, the story of how a Korean woman in the title situation found her independence. Now, his next work is a bit more industry-focused. Freeway (Fantagraphics, $28.99, MAY10 1014) focuses on the thoughts and fantasies of an animator on his way to work, showing us how dreams clash with bureaucratic company realities.
I’ve been looking forward to Faith Erin Hicks’ work on Brain Camp (First Second, $16.99, MAY10 1030) since I saw her preview of it earlier this year. She’s not the writer — the story’s from Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan, who earlier did City of Spies, another graphic novel from the same publisher — but the concept, about spooky goings on at a retreat meant to produce prodigies, sounds fascinating as well.
NBM is printing Networked: Carabella on the Run ($12.99, MAY10 1072), based on the webcomic by Gerard Jones and Mark Badger posted at Privacy Activism. It’s about a blue-skinned girl who learns how much other people can find out about us online. I agree with the concept — people don’t know how much information is available about them without their consent — but I’m not sure how well the sketchy art will translate to paper, and the material seemed to err a bit too much on the side of message over story. But I only read a few panels, and they talked about reworking the art a bit, so I’m probably worrying with no basis. It’s a stunning idea for a graphic novel, regardless.
The book of the month will be Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (Oni Press, $11.99, MAY10 1089), the conclusion of the outstanding series by Bryan Lee O’Malley. We should see Scott finish defeating Ramona’s evil exes, and I hope the two reconcile in time for a happy ending. It’s been wonderful seeing O’Malley’s development over these six years, with all this creativity and imagination being captured for years of re-reading.