Cover image for Blackbird days / Manuele Fior ; translated by Jamie Richards.
Title:
Blackbird days / Manuele Fior ; translated by Jamie Richards.
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9781683960836
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Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, [2018]

©2018
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88 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 30 cm
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"In this collection, two giant robots battle it out in a European metropolis; an engineer is asked to inspect something unusual at a marble quarry; a recently relocated father loses his young son in Berlin's Tempelhof Park; the painter Arnold Böcklin takes a trip before he paints his famous masterpiece, The Island of Death; and, an immigrant grandmother tells the story of how she escaped war in Indochina. Blackbird Days is rounded out with an autobiographical snapshot of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Fior's home."--Amazon.com
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In this collection, two giant robots battle it out in a European metropolis; an engineer is asked to inspect something unusual at a marble quarry; a recently relocated father loses his young son in Berlin's Tempelhof Park; the painter Arnold Böcklin takes a trip before he paints his famous masterpiece, The Island of Death; and, an immigrant grandmother tells the story of how she escaped war in Indochina. Blackbird Days is rounded out with an autobiographical snapshot of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, Fior's home.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Eisner-nominated Italian cartoonist Fior (5,000 km per Second) delivers elegant short portraits of alienated Europeans, which are notable for their spectacular use of color. An Italian father loses his young son in a huge park in Berlin and frantically searches for him, while simultaneously praising and demonizing German culture. Two Italian teachers leading a school trip with bratty kids have very different concepts of the ideal Paris. A Swiss artist taking a cure near Naples later turns the boredom experienced at the facility into his greatest painting. A refugee from Laos and her French-born grandson ruminate on their national identities. Fior stays on theme even as he veers into science fiction, with battling robots or evidence of aliens' presence. He pushes characters into crises, the visual metaphors for abjection becoming more outlandish to suit the genre (as where the robots' struggle echoes the human characters', but played out as large and physical instead of emotional and internal). Fior dramatically alters his art style throughout, varying to suit each narrative's mood; pieces appear in charcoal, bright pastels, chiaroscuro, or traditional four-color superhero style. While there is a certain flatness to his characterizations, the stories focus more on the conflicts these players face. Fior is an incredible craftsman, and despite occasionally clichéd portrayals, the handsome art in this volume makes it worthy of attention. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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