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Flood! A Novel In Pictures Paperback – May 8, 2007


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  • Winner of the American Book Award
  • New York Times notable book of the year


"Flood! is a prophetic book"
--Luc Sante

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"A complex, dream-charged vision of alienation in the wet, mean streets of New York City, where primal, natural urges are suppressed in the lonely isolation of crowds. It's a picture of a soulless civilization headed toward the apocalypse. It's a poetic and lyrical novel--told virtually without words . . . Mr. Drooker has discovered the magic of pulling light and life out of an inky sea of darkness." --Art Spiegelman, The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse; 3rd edition edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593076762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593076764
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,023,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ERIC DROOKER is a painter and graphic novelist, born and raised on Manhattan Island.
He's the award-winning author of "Flood! A Novel in Pictures," "Blood Song: A Silent Ballad" and "Howl: A Graphic Novel."
He designed the animation for the recent film, "Howl," a movie based on the epic poem by Allen Ginsberg, who collaborated with Drooker on the book "Illuminated Poems."
His paintings appear on covers of The New Yorker, and hang in numerous collections. He regularly draws from the figure, and is working on a series of nude paintings for an upcoming book.

visit: www.Drooker.com

Customer Reviews

It is good for an everyday easy read.
Tigers#1
This -- and its sister story found in Eric Drooker's BLOOD SONG -- are truly wonderful novels, amazing story, amazing artistic illustration -- visual poetry!
A Book Is A Wonderous Thing
This is a powerful book and it gives us a reminder of the types of stories that can be created without words.
Andy Shuping

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the most precious things I own. It is beautiful beyond words. A story, in painstaking, gorgeous, graphic images, of an artist's metamorphisis and life in the city. You can watch Drooker's work progress as each scratchboard image becomes more refined, more gorgeous. Stunning.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
this book really touches me. so deep, empathetic, real. no words, everything expressed thru those poetic woodcuts. i bought 5 books and give them as presents to my best friends.......
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark DeRespinis on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
When you first encounter Drooker's story-scape, each precious moment of recognition and association collapses the space that holds you outside the book reading, until you are dropped deeper even into your own world, and marveling at all that is around you. Here, the reader is invited to witness and participate in the appropriations of meaning that constitute the individual's identity in a vast and elusive society. The solitary protagonists in Drooker's stories are journeyers and drifters, transgressing a fluid mythotropic environment that pulses with historical memory and a rich cultural symbology. Drooker's world is pervaded with a deep and compelling mystery. The mystery is in the eclectic progression of images that flash across the page, a fragmented and kaleidescopic depiction of a hybrid instance of collective culture. This is evocative of that strange cross-breeding of cultures, which we see in our cities. Drooker sees within this a kind of hope, which emerges out from behind the distinctively apocalyptic mood and stage of the work. The culture is mined for knowledge that will bestow meaning upon the seeker, fostering a vital and visionary experience. The creative and imaginative integrity that the characters find in the midst of stifling urban anonymity and alienation are a type of personal redemption that brings celestial satisfaction within reach, like an instruction manual for surviving the destruction of the great flood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I found Drooker's Blood Song one of the most evocative wordless stories I've seen. His scratchboard style, reminiscent of the great woodcut storytellers, combined a personal story with larger themes of social justice, all with visual energy and style that left me wanting more of his work.

I guess that "Flood!" is where he developed the style I enjoyed. I have to admit, though, this earlier work didn't appeal to me as much. The narration didn't seem as strong, the social message seemed a bit shriller, and the artwork carried elements I'm not so fond of. In the afterword, Drooker acknowledges Crumb as one of his influences. A few panels seemed almost imitative of Crumb style, and I found that I liked those panels least.

I still consider Drooker a strong and developing storyteller, and I'll look for more of his work. If this had been my introduction, however, I might not have bothered.

-- wiredweird
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Book Is A Wonderous Thing on December 29, 2010
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This -- and its sister story found in Eric Drooker's BLOOD SONG -- are truly wonderful novels, amazing story, amazing artistic illustration -- visual poetry! I cannot give any graphic novel higher praise than FLOOD! Try to get the volume that has the interview with Drooker at the end, if you can (added insights into the art and artist) -- but definitely experience FLOOD in all its glory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "curare" on February 24, 2003
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The visual metaphors in this book
are skillful and moving,
as well as very witty at times.
I laughed, I... well I didn't really CRY,
but I did get sniffly. ;)
An engaging commentary on life.
Note: If you don't really look at the pictures,
you won't get anything out of it.
Some of this work is very subtle.
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There is no artist who shakes me awake more than the visual work of Eric Drooker. His glowing covers have often appeared on The New Yorker, but it is
his ominous images that resonate, that go beyond the masks. FLOOD is just one of his vital books. If you haven't looked into the brilliant and wise array of Eric Drooker's paintings, drawings and reverse etchings, and in particular, FLOOD, what the hell are you waiting for?
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I love Drooker's work and this one is my favorite. The last images are especially memorable. A powerful and compelling vision.
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