Wow! This book came out of nowhere. Nearly 300 pages in length, this oversize softcover is the product of a pair of Americans that has been issued by Gestalt Publishing of Australia and beautifully printed in Singapore on heavy, flat white stock. Written by Anne Opotowsky and fabulously rendered by Aya Morton in a unique water color fashion, employing an asian-inflected brushwork style with a muted, limited palette that excludes black line and hews to blue (do yourself a favor and check out these page samples). Set in early 20th century Hong Kong, specifically the Kowloon area, it follows the adventures of a young man, Song, as he sets out to explore the possibilities life has to offer. Believe it or not, this mammoth tome is only the first volume of the Walled City Trilogy! Anyone interested in learning more, should take a moment to read Paul Gravett's heavily illustrated review of His Dream, HERE.
>>>> ** NOW AVAILABLE IN A NEW (and lower priced) US EDITION, HERE.**
The second volume of Anne Opotowsky & Co.'s Walled City Trilogy has at long last arrived. Amazingly, this volume is even more substantial than the the first. This French-flapped oversize softcover volume, published in Australia by Gestalt, contains 456 oversize pages of lushly rendered full color comics. Nocturne's artist, Angie Hoffmeister makes her graphic novel debut here -- and quite a debut it is! Seamlessly picking up from where the original artist, Aya Morton left off at the conclusion of His Dream of Skyland, Hoffmeister largely continues the look and feel of the first volume. Nocturne -- unsurpsingly, given it's title -- has a more subdued color palette than His Dream, but it also has a more fluid line and, overall, manages to maintain a more even narrative flow. Anyone who enjoyed His Dream of Skyland can, thus be assured that Nocturne is an eminently worthy follow up volume, well worth the wait. We direct anyone unfamiliar with either of these works to Paul Gravett's heavily illustrated review of His Dream, HERE, as well as this review on Shelf Abuse, that contains a video book preview that gives plenty of peeks at Hoffmeister's art.
One copy left! More soon, we hope....