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Friday, 21 August 2015

New & Notable: Leaf - a wordless graphic novel


 Leaf - new from Fantagraphics - the wordless graphic novel by Chinese artist Daishu Ma is a visually arresting, hopeful story set in a heavily industrialized world - one that's not so different from our own!


When the protagonist finds a luminescent leaf in his predominantly gray world he is captivated by its mystery. Lush grey shading is punctured by fragments of color and light as he explores the metropolis in search of its inner workings.


As an urban fable Leaf is reminiscent of Shaun Tan's The Arrival in style and tone. It's easy to let the mesmerizing pencil drawings carry you along in this elegant, reflective piece. 

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