- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603092730
- ISBN-13: 978-1603092739
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,075,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blue SC Paperback – October 2, 2012
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'Blue' is an incredibly meticulously designed, painstakingly illustrated and utterly human debut work for Grant.
Melbourne's The Age review described the work as 'authentic', taking 'full advantage of the comic's medium' and was 'masterfully composed'.
The Australian newspaper's literature section praised Grant's 'beautiful full-page illustrations are worth scouring over so as not to miss the small details' and summarised the work as 'a major achievement' that 'deserves something stronger than conventional praise, and readers as attentive as those for the most involving, demanding novels.'
The Comics Alliance called it both 'beautifully drawn' and 'uncommonly sophisticated.'
The book is part sci-fi. It's part auto-bio. It's part coming-of-age story. It creates a whole new visual language just for Australia and is not comparable to anything else out there right now.
In summary, this graphic novel is Important with a capital I, and a first press copy deserves to be on any serious graphic novel collector's bookcase.
The story is a densely packed and thought provoking exploration into Australia's resentment at migrant culture and casual racism through the eyes of three misbegotten youth. Pat bases the work upon aspects of his own history and life, sharing with readers what life is like growing up in a different culture and how similar it is to our own, even with a vastly different language. And the exploration of racism is unique, not because Pat explores it, but because of how he goes about it. By presenting the other cultures as alien life forms (literally they have tentacles) it forces the reader to look at the issue in a different way than if it was just another human.Read more ›
The victim is a member of some blue alien race, ostensibly. Clearly the creature is a foreigner, an immigrant, whom the children and the rest of the "natives" of Bolton, Australia (all the main characters are white immigrants) see as invaders; detrimental to the survival of a town that is already crumbling. The journey to see the dead body is filled with xenophobia, instilled into the children by the town's adults. The children, meanwhile, only see the dead body as a testament to the aliens simply being another living creature, deserving of pity not a barbaric curiosity.
This is not to say that the author Pat Grant completely condones those afraid of the blue immigrants. Instead, he offers a balanced opinion. He demonstrates the immigrants' humanity, even the things that make humanity a character trait capable of both good and not good (shown by the narrator whose job - in the future - is to tirelessly like a modern-day Sisyphus clean off the Blue graffiti from the city's walls).
Grant also uses the image of a secret and possibly impossible surfing spot to show nature's pure state, without man and before the city of Bolton existed. Prior to the Blue immigrants, the white inhabitants were the immigrants, destroying the land with buildings, a form of architectural graffiti.
On another note, Grant's artwork is brilliant.Read more ›