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Flight: Volume Fourby Kazu Kibuishi
Synopses & Reviews
A full-color graphic anthology of short stories by some of the hottest creators in the field, Flight: Volume Four is the newest addition to a great success story in graphic novel publishing.
Since 2004, when the first Volume of Flight burst on the scene, the publication of subsequent volumes has become a highly anticipated annual event. Artists are constantly contacting Kibuishi (the editor of the Flight volumes and himself a contributor), asking to be included in the next volume of Flight. So it's no wonder Flight has ascended so rapidly in the graphic novel universe, becoming a fan favorite and developing a rabid following. Each contributor's story in the anthology represents a labor of love, and that fact shines through in the overall quality of the series.
"Even as the Flight anthologies grow larger — this volume has about 80 pages on its immediate predecessor — there is still so much good material it never feels like too much. Many of the stories are silent and depend on the cartoonist's ability to tell fluid and accessible narratives by pacing their stories with extreme delicacy. Fortunately most of the cartoonists meet this demand, notably the opening 'Castaway' by Michel Gagne as well as 'N' by Phil Craven. The stories that do feature dialogue have an inviting, warm feeling to them, an appreciated effect considering how many stories here there are to read. 'To Grandma's' by Clio Chang has the most fun with the power of childhood dreams and fantasies. 'The Forever Box' by Sarah Mensinga takes childhood as a major theme, as do many of the selections; its mix of imagination and humanity is a great example of what the Flight books work so well. As the reader nears the end, after so many varied stories, a comic like 'Twenty-Four Hours' by Andrea Offerman bursts out with wild images never seen before. Flight Volume 4 is good to the last drop. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The collection's substantial appeal lies primarily in the impressive variety of often stunning artwork, presented in full color that ranges from the thoughtfully subtle to the vividly lush." Booklist
The fourth volume in the popular "Flight" collection offers a sumptuous full-color graphic anthology of short stories by some of the hottest creators in the field.
About the Author
Kazu Kibuishi was 24 years old and working full-time in the animation industry when he began developing the idea of doing Flight. He began contacting his friends in the animation, comics, and graphic novel world to see if they would want to join the project. Little did he know that it would draw him into comics full-time. He now works from his home studio in Pasadena, California, creating and promoting Flight and his popular young adult comic Daisy Kutter, which was nominated as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults — the only graphic novel on the list in 2005.
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