- Comic: 352 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 27, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345490398
- ISBN-13: 978-0345490391
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flight, Volume Three Comics – June 27, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. With truly stellar art from masters of the field, this fantasy anthology is a must for comics connoisseurs and a delight to readers who like pretty stories. Fanciful tales of children, monsters, fairy-filled forests and imagined worlds create an enchanted escape. Some of the stories are entirely wordless, while others are told from a child's point of view. Tony Cliff's "Old Oak Trees," recounts how the author's grandmother found a sort of "Wind in the Willows" gang of talking animals who live and love and play cricket in the local woods. Ben Hatke's "The Edge" follows two brothers who find out who really lives at the edge of the world. Kean Soo's almost heartbreakingly winning "Jellaby" is an account of a girl and a monster at a tea party. Multiple Academy Award–nominee Bill Plympton tells the story of "The Cloud," a little puff of vapor who just wants to float into representational shapes, but is squelched by its elders. Editor Kibuishi's contribution is also charmingly drawn but far from lighthearted; it details what happens when boys playing soldiers turn into men. Flight mixes the influences of comics, animation and classic children's illustration into a timeless fantasy. (June)
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The third sumptuously produced Flight anthology showcases some two-dozen talented cartoonists, most of whom usually work in Web comics and animation. Most are young, although as in Flight volumes 1 (2004) and 2 (2005), a few veterans, notably animator Bill Plympton, appear--and prove even younger at heart. Several have illustrated children's books, others design video games, and the preponderance of their stories have young protagonists (often saving their elders through personal bravery) or feature elements that kids like, such as monsters and anthropomorphized "funny animals." The high quality of the contributions is impressively consistent, yet four deserve special mention: animator Michael Gagne's tale of a heroic young fox who defies a fearsome, subterranean beast; Johane Matte's hilariously kinetic depiction of a cat getting his comeuppance after terrorizing various birds; Israel Sanchez's account of a mischievous baby dragon's "Saturday"; and Phil Craven's saga of a youngster who saves a monster from hunters. That those standouts are all wordless or nearly so underlines the emphasis on the visual that is Flight's most notable strength. Gordon Flagg
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Top Customer Reviews
I experienced the entire spectrum of emotion in that three hour first read, from laughing through "Hunter" by Johane Matte, to crying my eyes out in "Polaris" by Azad. I continued the series dutifully to experience such moments again, as well as to see what happens to little Rex in Michael Gagne's spectacular opening story (which has since been compiled into "The Saga of Rex".)
Moving is really the only description I can give. Each story is a fantastic metaphor delivered so succinctly. I've since used these volumes as sort of coffee table books (they're just so pretty) and have walked in on bright-eyed guests desperately asking me where to find a copy of these.
In a personal confession, I never did return that book to the library and (as a poor college student) I found that libraries actually turn you over to collections for not returning books. Totally worth it.
I would give this book all the stars in the galaxy.
Now I'm on a rampage to buy the previous two volumes of Flight.
The other stories are a mixed bag. The styles are diverse so you're bound to find something you like to look at but at the same time some you don't. The story and writing quality is also diverse from serviceable to quite enjoyable and surprising. I'll definitely look into the other volumes of this series though it will help my decision if they include a story by Hatke.
I have all 8 volumes of these anthology's. They will be read more than once and it will be staying in my collection always.
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Can't wait to finish this whole thing.
Why do I have to write so many words!