Sunday, June 14, 2015

Graphic Novel Inspiration: "This One Summer"

I've read a few graphic novels in the past and always enjoy them, but never really considered seeking them out until now. I picked this book up at my library on a whim (they had a special display of graphic novels). "This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki.

this-one-summer-front-cover

It wasn't my favorite book ever, but the illustrations and the way the story was told through the comic-book-style panels was inspiring to me. So I wanted to share a few of the pages and things from the book that caught my interest.

(No real spoilers here)

Things I liked:

The dancing!
this-one-summer-dancing

These "spooky" noises and how they're floating out of the woods:
this-one-summer-spooky

The way the water was simplified. It's almost minimal, yet you can still tell what's happening. A nice contrast between the lush greenery scenes (like the woods in the previous example):
this-one-summer-simplified-water

The relationship between these two girls was weird, but I like how their physical contact was illustrated. So *squishy*:
this-one-summer-relationship

The body diversity! Every character was so detailed, and honest, and everyone looked so different from one another:
this-one-summer-body-diversity

LOVED this nervous stomach-flipping. It made me smile while reading:
this-one-summer-nervous-stomach

This funny grandma and how she was illustrated to really look like a cranky old hag :)
this-one-summer-funny-grandma

The night scenes, especially the glow from the campfire and starry night sky:
this-one-summer-bonfire

Can't wait for my next graphic novel requests to be filled. I love the library :)

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