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The Realist Hardcover – April 28, 2015
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The strips are about Hanuka, his wife, and their young son. It's their life in Tel Aviv as they look for a new place to live. Some strips have a surreal quality. There are strips about people worried about bombings and leaving the city. There are strips about marriage and raising a child. There are also full page drawings, like one that shows the apartment they are looking at with a mirror reflection of the apartment they are idealizing. Or a broken down car oozing with human organs at the mechanics shop.
The artist is a commercial illustrator and also a contributor to the animated film Waltz With Bashir. His look at the city he lives in is funny at times, and strange. I really enjoyed reading this graphic novel. The art is really great, moving between more cartoonish and more realistic and weirdly surreal. I liked the strips, but the full page drawings were my favorites.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Archaia, BOOM! Studios, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
I found The Realist book at the Denver Comicon in Colorado. The drawings are lovely even when the life content pictured is sometimes very painful. The exadurations necessary to portray poiniency leave a person stretching to imagine good things. The over all effect of reading and seeing images is a heart felt experience of good living even when embedded in circumstances.
I really liked this book. Thanks for making it.
Highly emotive, autobiographical vignettes of the author/illustrator living life in Tel Aviv with his wife, son, and the enormity of his thoughts, imaginings, and worries.