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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.
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Product Details

  • 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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Old City Blues is a fantastic webcomic written and drawn by Giannis Milonogiannis that harkens back to such works as Ghost in the Shell, Dominion Tank Police, Appleseed, and Akira, part original work and part homage to their cyberpunk styles and themes, backed up by truly unique and vivid pencils that separate his work from any other I've encountered.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Here is a review on the hard cover graphic novel presentation by Greek newcomer, Giannis Milonogiannis, published by Archaia Entertainment.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this on a whim the other day, which turned out to be one of those rare moments where life steers you down the right path. Giannis is a wonderful artist who knows how to use loose and accurate style at the right time, I especially love his tech design.

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.
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I bought this book on a whim since it looked like nothing I had seen before and I enjoyed sci-fi, and boy, am I glad that I did. I read through the book in one sitting, since it's short and to the point. However, I found the book extremely captivating as well, and the simple dialogue leaves you to imagine all of the undertones that come with what the character is saying. 10/10 will read again.
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