David B. returns with more tales of myth and legend. The Veiled Prophet concerns the controversial figure of Hakim al-Muqanna – a lowly persian man from the 8th century who is enveloped by a mysterious shroud that falls from the sky. Hakim takes the form of a new and threatening prophet.
The Armed Garden and The Drum that Fell in Love cast the reader into the religious and nationalistic turmoil of 15th century Eastern European Christendom. In the Armed Garden a simple blacksmith believes he has been instructed by Adam and Eve to re-establish paradise in Bohemia (Czech Republic). His antagonist – Jan Žižka – himself a paradise seeker and Hussite crusader – must vanquish the Neo-Adamites. I could go on and on but we’ve already used up our 100 words. The artist’s obsessions are on full display in these all to short tales. More please.
Understanding Comics is a unique graphic novel ABOUT graphic novels, but more importantly, it is about creating graphic novels. I felt compelled to read this book, even though I am not a comic artist, because it gave me the understanding of the “secret language” of comics and graphic novels. The book is clever and easy to read, but really gets at the core of the topic that so many readers love. Using effective illustrative and narrative styles, while explaining exactly why these styles are effective creates a harmonious union of form and content for the reader to absorb as they go.
I loved Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis. I appreciated Satrapi’s perception of the Iranian Revolution from the view of a child – a perspective of strife that is often denied or ignored many. Her story mirrors that of a friend of mine, whose family fled Iran – they were Baha’i, and there was no place for them in the Islamic Republic. Revolution is hard, sad, and deadly, and even more so because the lies outpace the truth. Satrapi appears to have spent her life as a survivor unflinchingly unveiling those truths, to come to an accord with the complex nature of historical events.
Review by: Holly Winzurk Freewynn, Portland, OR