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Flight, Volume Four Comic – July 10, 2007

Book 4 of 8 in the Flight Series

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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)
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The fourth opulent Flight anthology showcases 30 stories by mostly young, animation-influenced artists. If it doesn't soar quite as high as its predecessors, many of whose standout contributors have moved on, it still features plenty of top-notch talent. Highlights include another installment of animator Michael Gagné's saga of the plucky young fox Rex, Amy Kim Ganter's manga-derived tale of an epic clash between a fish seller and a clam seller, Sarah Mensinga's story about a girl who escapes grief via a magic box that can stop time, Johane Matte's delightful depiction of a comically jealous Egyptian cat, Clio Chang's media-age updating of Red Riding Hood, and Andrea Offermann's surreal account of what appears to be the end of the world by means of elephant attack and aerial invasion. In most of these stories, plots are minimal, and many are wordless. 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. Flagg, Gordon
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Product Details

  • Comic: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (July 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345490401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345490407
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife, fellow author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children, Juni and Sophie.

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The stories are always entertaining, some even make you think.
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"Little Trouble in the Big Top" is a cool tale of circus performers, particularly two portly mustachioed twins who fall in love with the same woman.
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The stories and artwork range in style and genre and make for an interesting read (and look) that I find myself looking back on again and again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tony Medeiros on July 9, 2007
Format: Comic
Flight is one of those great reads. They have become a regular appetite of mine since they were created 4 years ago. Book your flight today, because this volume is a bang for your buck. The greatest known and unknown comic illustrators are here. This tome is a keeper in any bookshelf.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 31, 2007
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Flight 4 is the fourth book in the flight series. These books are anthologies of stories told through the use of comic format. Each of these collections showcase young, innovative artists, with the intent to create stories that are fun to read for both the seasoned fan of comics, and those readers new to the format.

Flight 4 continues this tradition. Out of the series, the stories in this anthology really make the reader think about their storylines, and are quite introspective. The short stories included cover a wide range of subjects that are varied in style and tone. The book contains twenty-five stories by twenty-six talented artists and storytellers.

A few of my personal favorites from this Flight collection are: Food from the Sea by Amy Kim Ganter, The Window Makers by Kazu Kibuishi, Dinosaur Egg by Raina. Each of these stories plays with the ideas of the power of imagination, the joy of finding your own strengths and weaknesses, and the fun of discovering new things and ideas.

I've been a fan of the Flight collections since reading Flight Volume 3. I'm most impressed with this current collection and look forward to future flight collections.

Because, as the folks over at Flight Comics believe, reading comics should be fun and Flight 4 is defiantly a fun and thought provoking read.

The artists who contributed stories to the book are: JP Ahonen, Graham Annable, Neil Babra, Bannister, Vera Brosgol, Scott Campbell, Pascal Campion, Joel Carroll, Cleo Chiang. Phil Craven, Ryan Estrada, Michel Gagné, Amy Kim Garter, Thomas Herpich, Azad Injejikian, Kazu Kibuishi, Jon Klassan, Sarah Mensinga, Fabio Moon, Ovi Nedelcu, Andrea Offermann, Lark Pien, Dave Roman, Israel Sanchez, Raina Telgemeir, and Joey Weiser.

Armchair Interviews says: Check out all 4 in the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By c5 on August 23, 2007
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I think this might be my favorite Flight book so far, overall. As in the previous volumes, the stories and art styles vary dramatically. Each story is very short, but these comics are worth reading slowly or more than once to enjoy the excellent artwork and all the imagination involved.

These aren't traditional comic book-style comics, and they aren't newspaper-style comics (though I think that some belong in the same general category as older newspaper comics such as those by Winsor McCay). It just seems clearly evident that the artists in these books love what they are doing, and I hope that the series continues to be successful so that more will get a chance to do so in this ideal format.
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Another fantastic collection of cool little stories, all of them innocent, many of them involving talking pet sidekicks, anthropomorphic casts, fantasy lands, and some wordless processions of beautiful images that tell their own stories. Wow!

The book starts off with another one of Michael Gagne's fantastic Rex stories, this one called "Castaway"; where our little starfox is on a planet that sports cool-looking tribal tattoos, incredible walking tree beasts, friendly monster civilisations that take him to their cyclopean city, where we learn something truly amazing about our little Rex and an ancient prophesy. "Food From The Sea" is a very cool tale of a Korean village torn between eating shellfish and regular fish, with the war of the shellfish-seller and the fish-monger becoming truly grotesque. Fantastic art!! "Farewell, Little Karla" is probably one of the best stories I've read in Flight - it starts off as a cute little kids tale of young Karla setting out on a life mission, having finished the preparations of her teachers, and what we get is a giant robot hipster tale. Love Karla's cap, a present from her principal, and the picture of her sweating in concentration as she sets forth. Lovely!! The layout of the cells is also very inventive, just a great story all around!! "Cyclops!" by Israel Sanchez is a beautiful wordless story about the cyclops that live in our midst, drawn in a homey, farm-y way. It's long and amazing and I love it. "Little Trouble in the Big Top" is a cool tale of circus performers, particularly two portly mustachioed twins who fall in love with the same woman. Or is that a "woman"? Nice ending, cool personality development, even if the two look a little bit too much like Thomson and Thompson.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Comic Fan on November 6, 2007
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As a past reader of the other Flight volumes, I can say this book does not disappoint in bringing out new and fresh short comics with styles that stay different from one another yet all please me to no end. If there is one thing they all have in common, it would be the skill of story-telling. I really loved this book, and I recommended it 100%. It's like getting to sample an array of fine wines. They may be all a little different, but they wet the palette with many wonderful flavors.
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I own the first three volumes of Flight and I love them all. The stories are always entertaining, some even make you think. The art styles are gorgeous and it's fun to enjoy the variety. I like how the first story in the book actually continues throughout the first four volumes, although I don't think it's necessary to read them all to know what is going on. The volumes are pretty much stand alone pieces, but I plan on owning them all!
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