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.


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!

These "spooky" noises and how they're floating out of the woods:

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):

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

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

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

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

The night scenes, especially the glow from the campfire and starry night sky:

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


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