Tuesday, March 22, 2011

I recommend: Demo

Find this graphic novel at: [Amazon] [Borders] [Barnes & Noble]

In Demo, Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan have crafted a dozen excellent short stories. They range from real world drama to supernatural horror - though even the fantasy concepts are grounded in a modern-day setting - and most come packaged in a gritty, gloomy wrapper.

Cloonan is a master of style variance - in fact, I had to double-check just to make sure she was really working alone! (She was.) Each story has a unique visual signature, from simplified figures in the (relatively) humorous stories to shadow-laden realism in the most somber tales.

If you're looking for a light, poppy-fun read, Demo is definitely not your book. But if you like your short stories dramatic, eerie, and bittersweet, it's well worth your time.

(There's also a second volume coming out this month - if you like the first run, give that one a look as well.)

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