Sunday, September 06, 2009

"Go Home: 12 Moving Stories" (A review of the amazing comics anthology by 12 talented artists)

For those who have adamantly mistake that comics are just for children, you may want to pick up this comic anthology, "Go Home: 12 Moving Stories".

The book is rich in diversity and style. A little surprise there. I like how the comics were produced: the 12 comic artists from across Asia & Europe (with 12 distinct drawing styles) met & stayed in Singapore for 12 days to work on the comics which is based on the theme migration.

In the blurb, it's mentioned how the anthology is "funny, charming, poignant & disturbing". I agree with most of the description except for the last one. It's hardly "disturbing". It's more precise to be said as "thought-provoking".

Take for example the wonderfully-drawn story by Tomáš Kučerovský from Czech Republic. The brief introduction is quoted as "Migrating birds fly through a surreal landscape of alienation and lonelness, witnessing the despair of unrequited love, abandonment, dislocation and the search for seemingly elusive happiness".

You will be awed at how poem-like his narration style is!

For those who just want to be entertained, go straight reading the pieces by NIX (from Belgium) & Lyra Garcellano (from The Phillippines). Their stories are about a coach of a Belgian football team involved in an international match-fixing racket and a girl in her quest to get a visa for her traveling overseas. Their style of comics are simple but endearing. And not to mention, hilariously written!!

Okay, enough for me to spoil the book. Anyway here are the list of the 12 comic artists for "Go Home: 12 Moving Stories":

1. NIX (His real name is actually Marnix Verduyn) from Belgium
2. Craig Au Yeung from Hong Kong
3. Tomáš Kučerovský from Czech Republic
4. Tommi Musturi from Finland
5. Frédéric Felder from France
6. Alfi Zachkyelle from Indonesia
7. Little Fish from Japan
8. Kwon Yong Deuk from Korea
9. Maaike Hartjes from The Netherlands
10. Lyra Garcellano from The Phillippines
11. Rafal Gosieniecki from Poland
12. Le Phuong from Vietnam

More details about the book:
Publisher: Johnny Lau
Editor: Johnny Lau & Soh Lai Yee
Cover art: Tommi Musturi
Published by Rojak City Pte Ltd & copyright owned by Asia-Europe Foundation

And to have a little idea about how the artists' style of drawing comics differ. Here are the shot from the back cover of the book:

The artists as per the above list:

1 - 2 - 3 - 4
5 - 6 - 7 - 8
9 - 10 - 11 - 12


This wonderful book is at the moment priced at SG$20 & can be purchased here.

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