REVIEWS: Midwest Book Review October 2007

by Jeff

The Comix/Graphic Novel Shelf

The Midwest Book Review is an organization of volunteers committed to promoting literacy, library usage, and small press publishing. We accept no funds from authors or publishers.

Comic Book Nerd
Pete Von Sholly
TwoMorrows Publishing
10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614
$8.95 www.twomorrows.com

Magazines aren’t typically featured in our book issues but this one’s exceptional and deserves a place in any lending library strong in comics and graphic novel representation. It’s a fun parody of the fan press world of comic books and it provides a hilarious parody in a 68-page color magazine. Any avid comics reader will readily recognize the humor here and will love it!

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The Art of Ratatouille

Karen Paik
Chronicle Books
680 2nd Street, San Francisco CA 94107
0811858340, $40.00 www.chroniclebooks.com

The Pixar Studios animated film RATATOUILLE is a winner and celebrating the storyline in print is the art-packed book version which collects over 300 of the artistic sketches, pastels, and sculpts which went into the movie. Both movie fans and fans of cartoon film artistry as well as collections strong in film art will want The Art of Ratatouille: it pairs extensive quotes from artists, animators and production team members with full-page color displays and makes for a lovely keepsake, coffee table display, or popular library lend.

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Hell Beasts: How to Draw Grotesque Fantasy Creatures

Jim Pavelec
Impact Books/North Light
c/o F&W Publications
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236
1581809263, $19.99 www.fwpublications.com

HELL BEASTS: HOW TO DRAW GROTESQUE FANTASY CREATURES is for any would-be comic or graphic novel artist: it tells how to create and draw monsters, how to make selected monsters even creepier, and how to draw upon imagination to create new monsters. It’s a pick not just for graphic novel and comics collections, but for any general-interest lending library reaching out to young would-be artists.

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The Complete Terry And The Pirates Volume 1: 1934 – 1936 A Library Of American Comics Original

Milton Caniff
IDW Publishing
4411 Morena Boulevard, Suite 106, San Diego, CA 92117
9781600101007, $49.99 www.idwpublishing.com

Milton Caniff was one of the most popular and influential newspaper comic strip artists and storytellers of his day. Perhaps his most important and successful strip was “Terry and the Pirates” which began in 1934 and finally concluded some twelve years later. IDW Publishing has published the first volume of this outstanding series which includes more than 800 consecutive comic strips (black-and-white during the weekdays and in color for the Sunday papers) beginning with its 1934 debut and continuing through to the end of 1936 and comprising all of the strips for the series first two years. A whole new generation of readers will be introduced to young Terry lee, his adult pal Pat Ryn, their sidekick Connie, and an unforgettable array of brigands and bad guys including Captain Judas, Blaze, Burma, and the one-and-only Dragon Lady. Very strongly recommended for personal and community library collections, this debut “Terry and the Pirates” collection of high adventure on the China Seas is a genuine treat from beginning to end and will leave the reader looking eagerly toward the arrival of Volume 2!

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