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Baloney Paperback – February 28, 2009

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Now this doesn’t look like comics at all. Seemingly inspired by the 1950s Mister Magoo and Disney non-series-character cartoons as well as the commercial art of Jim Flora, Blanchet allows no more than one composition per page, though a few link across the gutter into two-page spreads. And it is as compositions that his images register. Their visual elements seem to be cutouts mounted on backdrops of pure white, black, or red—the only colors Blanchet uses, fading them into grays and pinks for occasional atmospheric effects. They illustrate the fable of a melancholy sausage-maker in a sunless city atop a peak. Years ago, his wife died and his daughter was maimed before his eyes, a coincidence so shocking that the ruling duke erected the wall that keeps the town dreary. Then an effervescent young man, the daughter’s long-awaited tutor, arrives. But alas. Appended is a playlist of classical selections (mostly Prokofiev and Shostakovich) to accompany the story’s scenes. Blanchet fills a terminally maudlin tale with contradictory verve and charm, however futile. --Ray Olson


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; Original edition (February 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897299664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299661
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine O. Chaika on April 12, 2009
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The drawings are very good but the prose and plot are simplistic and appealing to a 5 year old. I guess graphic novels just aren't my thing altho I loved comic books when I was a kid. If u like graphic novels, you might give it 5 stars
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