Graphic Novel Review: Ordinary Victories by Manu Larcenet
Submitted by Joey Manley on June 6, 2006 - 14:01
I've updated GNR with a very brief review of Manu Larcenet's outstanding, Eisner-nominated book Ordinary Victories (it also won the grand prize at that famous French convention that I don't know how to spell the name of). I've also bought a scanner, so I can show samples of the artwork for the comics I review. Yay!
Excerpt from this week's review:
Larcenet draws in a minimal, goofy, big-nose style, which would look right at home in the funny pages of any newspaper (or on one of the better webcomic portals, for that matter), yet which manages, still, to open up into a realer-than-real lushness when it needs to, pulling us us into the world of the story, convincing us that this is a real place, and that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve really been there, without once compromising its scribbly, scratchy, fundamentally funny cartoonishness. When big issues come into play, they arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pounced upon and pronounced upon; Larcenet sidles up to them obliquely, allowing us to attack them ourselves, using our own, you know, brains, sometimes before we even realize weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re being asked to do so.