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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
As of 2012 there are two 'Great Australian Graphic Novels'. The first is Shaun Tan's 'The Arrival', the heartwarming story of a migrant's journey and acceptance in a new land. The second is Pat Grant's 'Blue', a critical and thought provoking exploration into Australia's acceptance and resentment at migrant culture, territorialism and casual racism through the eyes of three adolescents in a partly fictional town named Bolton.

'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.
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Format: Hardcover
Pat Grant's BLUE (2012, Top Shelf/Giramondo) is a gem, just a terrific read with eye-candy galore. Grant's work is entirely new to me. Incredibly dense, both in its imagery and its thoughtful characterizations & dissection of casual racism (on the beaches of Australia), though it always flows with effortless grace. Highly recommended, and a book I'm revisiting often this month. The concluding essay by Grant, on autobiography, comics, and specifically surf comics (from Rick Griffin to Mark Sutherland) is a major bonus, and also well worth a close read. Kudos & don't miss this one.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the things that I've really enjoyed discovering in the last few years is graphic novels and comics from other countries. While I always knew they existed, it seems like they were often difficult to get ahold of or you had to read them in their native languages, which is not my strong suit. Thankfully in the last few years the internet (and certain publishers) have broadened the reach of artists and storytellers from other countries to allow us to see the variety and different types of works being created around the world. And Australian Pat Grant may just be my new favorite. I had a chance to meet him and a caravan of other Australian artists at TCAF last month and I was blown away by the different types of visual imagery and storytelling than what I'm familiar with. And Pat's work Blue was one of my favorites. The story is a unique blend of autobiographical, fiction, and sci-fi all whirled into one. Set in the summer of a few years or so ago, in a seaside Australian town struggling to deal with an invasion of alien refugees.

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.
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By Ry on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic debut by the Australian artist and author Pat Grant. The story is about three young and impressionable children who ditch school to surf. However, the waves prove to be too choppy and the truants slowly make their way to the site of a fatal accident. Although the children pretend to be interested in seeing the remains of the dead body (which was struck by a train), none of them are too eager about seeing the grizzly scene.
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.
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