This 32 page full color magazine size comic book employs tight compositions, a focused color palette, and a disciplined implementation of the grid to relate a strange, bipartate tale that begins in the tropics and ends on the prarie.
Check out a preview of the first part, here.
The third issue of Zona returns to the format of the first -- but with a twist. As with Zona #1, #3 contians four ten-page stories by four different artists, each with its own "cover", making for 44 pages of art total. The issue leads off with "Gulls" by Kurt Ankeny in full color, followed by "Alabaster Trees" by Jacqueline Huskisson, "Caught in the Light" by Paddy Lynch and finishing up with "Guilt Came Along" by Tyler Landry, all in black and white. Huskisson and Lynch work with the official Comics Workbook grids, with Huskisson mixing it up between 9-panel and 8-panel grids, while Lynch sticks with the 8-panel grid throughout, while Ankeny and Landry both opt for the three-tieir page, with Ankeny keeping the center tier of each page as a single, full-width panel, and breaking up the top ad bottom tiers into two or three panels, respectively, for a 3-1-2 beat, while Landry holds it steady throughout with a straight run of three panel pages. If the issue has a theme, it appears to be relationships -- but there is quite a breadth to the variety of interpretations on this theme on display in the pages of this issue. And then there's the cover. The special twist to this issue is that each cover is an original piece hand drawn in red, black and/or blue marker by Frank Santoro. Here too we have variations on a theme, but the theme is formal: each cover is a head shot of varying degrees of abstraction; each is a unique, original drawing. Nice!
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In Pieces: Someplace Which I Call Home is Kurty Ankeny's debut graphic novel. It's 120 pages are filled with crisp, clear, pencil renderings of scenes drawn from life and memory which together weave a hybrid form of graphic novel; part observed, part recalled, part created. In Pieces uses this works to get at the natural rhythms that make up day-to-day life. Parts were serialized up at Comics Workbook, which is worth checking out to get an idea of what this is about, but the work has a very different – colder, harsher – feel online compared to the printed version, which is simultaneously warmer and sharper, while also being much more intimate, and just plain better, all around.