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Skip Hardcover – Illustrated, July 23, 2019
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"Skip is a flurry of bold and vivid cartooning that pulls you through this tender story of friendship at heart-wrenching speeds. Molly layers every page with such a dense whimsicality that it left me wanting to go back and re-read so I could sink my eyes into the details again and again."
—Sloane Leong, creator of Prism Stalker
"Skip isn't a travelogue — it's a trip. The point isn't to vicariously explore imaginary worlds, but simply to let your eye float along the stream of fantastical visions Mendoza spins out… A creation this idiosyncratic deserves to find a niche — or, perhaps, to make one."
—Etelka Lehoczky, NPR
"From the first spread to the last image, Mendoza’s gorgeous, surrealist artwork presents imaginative depths both refreshing and disorienting. Poignant catharsis surfaces through tearful declarations and emotional strife as Bloom and Gloopy reflect on their strengths and weaknesses amid unusual environments... An exceptional road taken."
—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
“Skip is in some ways an experimental comic, but it’s subtle; it doesn’t feel like one while you’re reading it. Its story is fairly traditional and easy to understand—friendship, family, bonds among humans, getting outside your comfort zone—but it embodies a worldview that embodies those things as much as it presents them. It is as much as it tells. Form and function match up well, and that makes it worth reading.”
—The Comics Journal
"Mendoza’s story is as fun as it is insightful, and filled with bizarre puzzlements for the characters, and something about it had me thinking about The Phantom Tollbooth. But Skip is also amiable and gentle in a way that hearkens to the Moomins, and visual tone is as reminiscent of that Tove Jansson’s lovely work as the elements the narrative and characters. Mendoza’s artwork is a total revelation."
About the Author
- Grade Level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Hardcover : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1910620424
- ISBN-13 : 978-1910620427
- Product Dimensions : 8.13 x 0.94 x 10.88 inches
- Publisher : Nobrow; Illustrated Edition (July 23, 2019)
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #413,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is about a boy from a dystopian post-apocalyptic world and a for lack of a better term, an alien being from another world which is separate from the boy's reality/world. Their worlds are connected through a portal (best explanation) and they meet and go on a psychedelic journey with bizarre locations and characters.
I did not come away with the same satisfaction that I get from reading a "real" story, but I was left with thought provoking images and ideas that made me ponder. Unlike a story that we wish to live again (re-read), one might return to this book to experience another wild ride.
As an artist and storyteller myself, I admire the work of other such people. The authors do manage to take you somewhere else, and that is what stories are meant to do. However, if the type of ride I described isn't your thing, you may want to find something more traditional.
He crosses into another dimension where he meets Gloopy. The two become friends and in their quest to get Bloom home continue to find odd and extraordinary lands inhabited with fantastic creatures. The drawings and imagination of the author are vivid, entertaining and sometimes frightening. In their trek through these multiple worlds they learn about each other but more importantly they learn about themselves.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you love offbeat and unusual graphic novels as much as I then grab Skip by Molly Mendoza. If you’re new to the genre of graphics, this is a good place to start.
Bloom and Bee are foraging in the apocalypse. Bee, the older motherly figure, worries about what will become of Bloom if they don't find a community to connect with. When she hears a call for help over the radio, Bee decides to set out, leaving Bloom behind. She doesn't return, and when Bloom drops Bee's pendant -- the only thing he has to of her -- into the ocean, he dives after it...and the adventure begins.
Gloopy is a weird furry thing in a world full of alien creatures. He's always trying to help, but he's also very clumsy. He accidentally sets fire to his mushroom friends art project (I think? who can tell with this story!) and, while wandering out alone, crosses dimension into another land where he meets Bloom. Bloom and Gloopy set out to find Bee's pendant by hopping realms that involve everything from anthropomorphic dragons to giant one-eyed ravens to plenty of other strangeness. The story is essentially Bloom's socialization, as he struggles with being friends with the always-cheerful Gloopy and discovers that kindness and courage go a long way in navigating the other realms.
This hardcover graphic novel is heavy on metaphor in both the text and art. Sometimes, the art doesn't make sense until you stare at it long enough, which lends itself to slow interpretation. This is not a comic book you just quickly flip through, as some of the art doesn't even look like anything at first. The styles fluctuate with each dimension, giving the artist (Molly Mendoza) an opportunity show off her range. It's also a bit tedious at times, particularly if you're not a fan of one of the styles.
Overall, this is a beautiful graphic novel about either nothing at all or the most important thing in the world. I'm still not sure.