This full color anthology was one of the hits of this year's San Diego Con. It presents 24 brand new stories, all in full color and all dealing in one way or another with flight. A host of writers and artists are show off their strengths here, including current and former Pittsburghers, Neil Babra and Bill Mudron, along with many other fine talents. The highlights are the submissions of Derek Kirk Kim, Jen Wang, Kazu Kibuishi and Jacob Magraw-Mickelson, all of whom turn in excellent, original pieces. The surprise here is that this book is published by Image. Our hats are off to them: this book should go a long way towards bridging the gap between the traditional heroic fantasy comics that still dominate the racks of most comics shops and the growing ranks of more creatively adventurous comics work that is seeping in from the edges, in traditional book stores as well as comics shops. Not only that, it is international in scope as well, linking Asian, European and American styles and traditions. This book offers up a well-rounded snapshot of this historical moment in comics history.
More than a long-awaited follow-up, this hefty, full-color volume teams two of the brightest lights of the Asian-American comics scene to bring readers of comics a triptych of tales celebrating universal themes that incorporate motifs from fairy tales, myths and legends and integrate them into the fabric of contemporary California life. Fans of formal invention will find plenty to celebrate as well. Yang, author of the multiple award-winning American Born Chinese, and Kim, author of the amazing Same Difference, employ between them a host of styles and techniques to properly situate the content of their narratives in the readers minds