- Series: Old City Blues (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: Boom Entertainment; 1St Edition edition (August 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936393204
- ISBN-13: 978-1936393206
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Old City Blues Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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About the Author
Giannis was born in Maryland and grew up on the island of Crete, Greece. He’s been making and self-publishing comics since 2006. He graduated from the AKTO Art & Design College with a BA in Comics/Cartooning in 2009. Old City Blues is his first full-length book.
Top customer reviews
More specific to this exact product, however, I feel the quality of the publication deserves special attention. Every page is very dense, high quality paper that feels far more substantial than your average comic or manga page. The hardcover binding, front, and back are minimally designed (mine was a canary yellow book completely different in appearance from the thumbnail on Amazon's page) with subtle embossing of the art. It's a very clean, obviously well-crafted package that's visually appealing within your living space, condensed and light enough to be easily taken anywhere, and sturdy enough to last. However, if -for whatever reason- you find yourself particularly taken with the blue and white cover Amazon displays, you may come away disappointed, or at least surprised.
To preview the actual product design, as I received it, see Mr. Milonogiannis' web page.
The characters are well rounded and not just copy/paste cardboard stand-ins. Besides the mains story, Mr. Milonogiannis drops plenty of tidbits that let us in on the various situations, politics, and history of New Athens and the world. This is clearly a well thought out world.
If you like cyberpunk, you'll love this book.
What is this graphic novel about? Here's a description:
"The murder of the CEO at the head of the world's foremost cybernetic corporation sets the stage for Old City Blues, the gripping new futuristic noir from publisher, Archaia Entertainment.
Old City Blues begins in the year 2048 of Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a city crawling with life--low-life, that is. From mech smugglers and drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. And it's up to Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order. When the cybernetically augmented founder of a tech corporation called Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation's strange response to the incident raises suspicion in Solano and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will lead them straight into the wasteland of the Old City."
What were my thoughts on this graphic novel?
While the premise is one that sounds somewhat 'familiar'... The different style artwork by Giannis Milonogiannis gives a new approach to this genre.
It does help that Giannis is also the writer, in that he can illustrate his vision of the storyline in a black & white format.
The only possible problem in a work such as this, is that when one person is both the writer & illustrator, they are the one responsible for the total work. If the reader doesn't like the storyline or the art, there is only one person that the dislike can be associated with...
I'm glad to say that Giannis comes through for me on this graphic novel. The storyline made me 'hang in there', until I felt comfortable enough seeing the 'sketchy' style of artwork. Unusual enough style to stop to mention, yet after seeing a few pages in this style, I found that the artwork captured the mood intended for this work.
There is a good balance between pages with a lot of copy versus pages with very little or no copy. I found this easier to read, understand, and enjoy... The more I read on.
I'm giving this graphic novel a VERY FINE / NEAR MINT (VF/NM) 9.0 out of a possible 10.0 comic book grade, because although I liked the artwork shown in this book, I'm also realizing that my recommendations are 'out there' for all to see, and hold myself accountable for that. I found myself liking this artwork style after a few pages, but others might not give it that long to adapt to for reading... My suggestion is, if you like this genre of story, then hang in there and give this artwork by newcomer Giannis Milonogiannis to sway you to finish it!
Michael D Hamersky
If you are someone who enjoys Gundam, Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, or Metal Gear, this is for you. If you just like comics and a good story, this is also for you. Milonogiannis is extremely talented and I am hoping he makes more installments to this series soon.