Leaf

Leaf In this wordless all ages graphic novel our protagonist discovers a leaf that radiates a vibrant life He returns to a meticulously wrought metropolis depicted in somber grays and blues and searches

  • Title: Leaf
  • Author: Daishu Ma
  • ISBN: 9781606998533
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this wordless, all ages graphic novel, our protagonist discovers a leaf that radiates a vibrant life He returns to a meticulously wrought metropolis depicted in somber grays and blues and searches for answers During his quest, he stumbles upon a man who knows what s really happening in the city s labyrinthine ducts a woman who spends her life studying and classIn this wordless, all ages graphic novel, our protagonist discovers a leaf that radiates a vibrant life He returns to a meticulously wrought metropolis depicted in somber grays and blues and searches for answers During his quest, he stumbles upon a man who knows what s really happening in the city s labyrinthine ducts a woman who spends her life studying and classifying obsolete flora and the truth about the ever dwindling environment

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    1. Powerful and subtle Chinese silent graphic novel that reminds one of Shaun Tan's The Arrival in style, exquisite pencil drawings, muted allegorical story of industrialization and the need for light and color. A leaf, representative of the natural world opposing the oppressive urbanscape, emanates colored light in the dark city. There's an environmental theme as we see both the increasing loss of the natural world and the possibility, maybe even necessity, of the presence of nature in our increas [...]

    2. Shaun Tan’ın Uzak eserindeki gibi sözcük kullanılmamış. Çizimleri Uzak’a benzer ama daha basit denilebilinir. Hiç kelime olmadığı için Türkçe baskısını beklemek zorunda değilsiniz. ya da bookdepository gibi sitelerden alın derim.

    3. Really gorgeous and interesting concept was a little unclear what was happening in some parts, but I think with longer time spent dwelling on the details, more meanings could be found.

    4. The artwork was beautiful; the story was meh. I got that it was about industrialization but I was too busy staring at the illustration to take in a message. Can something be so beautiful that it's distracting? Yup.And that's my coherent review.

    5. Lovely illustrations, but the story had little impact on me. I believe I am a person who needs a few words with my illustrations.

    6. En bok som med sin ordlösa historia, allegoriska tematik, alternativa, lätt steampunk-inspirerade verklighet och mjuka, semirealistiska, sepiafärgade blyertsteckningar är tydligt inspirerad av illustratören Shaun Tan i allmänhet och hans hyllade storverk Ankomsten i synnerhet. Sämre förebilder kan man dock ha, och Mas serieroman står på egna ben. Berättelse är öppen för tolkningar, men handla övergripande om kontrasten mellan industrialismen och naturen, representerad av glödande [...]

    7. An eerie, beautiful piece of sequential art, Daishu Ma’s “Leaf,” with its lush charcoal landscapes, realistic people, and intricate depictions of the natural and the artificial worlds. It is amazing how much emotion he expresses through these wordless panels, packed with details. The leaves of the forests outside the city, the market stalls on the streets selling food, the intricate pipes of the factories and power plants, the cluttered interiors of people’s apartments, all this works to [...]

    8. For me, this one definitely needs a reread or at least a "deeper" thinking before I can announce the verdict. The more profound meaning skipped me, unfortunately. I can say for sure it's damn gorgeous and I'm sure it has a much more beautiful message than that I see with my amateur eyes. So I'll give myself a gift of time and think a lil' more. This never hurts.Please, if any of you, my friends, read this and want to discuss it, I'm all for it. Tea/coffee + snacks and a good talk ensues. *wink-w [...]

    9. Daishu Ma's Leaf is a beautifully drawn, wordless comic/picture book. The illustrations are stunning, the story, however, felt a little barren. Though I understand, and applaud its critique of an overly industrialised society, I felt a little lost, and even a little apathetic towards the end. Overall, Leaf is a lovely piece of artistry, which makes it well worth the read.

    10. Простій, як дві копійки, ретро-футуристичній історії про те, як зле технократичне Місто витягує звідусіль життєдайні сили, шалено пасує абсолютна безмовність. Небанальну й непафосну оповідку на цю схему доволі важко натягнути, а варто лише відмовитися від слів - і все стає [...]

    11. This would have been interesting to read without reading the summary because I wonder if I would have gotten it without being given the details of this wordless picture book/graphic novel. Beautiful illustrations though.

    12. I read graphic novels for their stories. Yes, art is obviously also important, but I enjoy a well-told story with mediocre art more than I enjoy a mediocre story with brilliant art. So I'm always impressed when an artist can dazzle me with a wordless comic that doesn't have a very focused narrative. There is A Narrative to this comic, and it's wonderful. I don't feel the need to talk about it because it's not why you should read this book. You should buy and read this book because it's gorgeous. [...]

    13. Not having any text made it possible to really go symbol-hunting, in a fun (but maybe senseless) way. The dicotomies between nature/industry, blue/yellow, clocks/seasons etc made for a fun dicussion at the local book club. Reading it, however, was a bit odd. To quickly skim the images and settle for emotional impact, or to slowly peruse each frame and put into words what I was seeing and experiencing? I'm unsure, but either way, I was positively surprised. The medium here I feel was more interes [...]

    14. Beautiful, beautiful art, but the lack of dialogue made this a little too obtuse for me. This definitely requires a 2nd read as there was a lot that I just didn't "get" here, though I understood that it was an examination of technology vs nature and a critique of industrialization.The artwork showcased here is *beautiful* though. Ma's style is very soft and uses pencils (or maybe charcoals) to draw these barren urban landscapes that are packed with detail. The judicious use of colour (blues and [...]

    15. I wasn't that excited about this book. While the premise was interesting, I was never pulled into the heart of the story. The book is full of wonderful line drawings with intentionally sparse colouring that helps to focus your attention to allow better understanding of the wordless story. I can't describe exactly what was missing for me - the pacing seemed good.

    16. I really wanted to like this book, but for some reason it fell flat to me. I sometimes found it hard to follow what was happening and had to look up the book to be sure it was about nature vs. industrialism or something like that? I'm still not sure? The art is pretty, but for me, personally, it's missing something - or I am.

    17. Okay, I don't fully grasp everything happening in the story, but I adore wordless picture books and graphic novels, and this graphic novel was beautifully illustrated. I love anything done in mostly muted notes with popes of color, as this is.

    18. I'm not a fan of having to deeply analyze even minute detail of a graphic novel. If it hadn't been for the write up, I'd have no clue as to what the artist was aiming for. With my uni days long behind me, I read for pleasure and this brought me none.

    19. Beautiful illustrations. Really stunning artistic talent. I just lost the story line. Definitely not a reflection of Daishu Ma's talent. More like a reflection of my ability to take in this kind of work.

    20. A gorgeous, simple, calming read. The depth of the story can be what you make it, and can be read fast or slow depending on how you feel. The illustrations are beautiful and the story full of quiet hope.

    21. Remind me a lot of The Arrival of Shaun Tan, really like the nostalgic silent style, and the use of the colour of the lights and leaves

    22. No words, just pictures. A man finds a radioactive leaf and runs all over the city trying to figure out where it comes from or what it means. Not sure he got his answer.

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