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DFC Library: Mezolith

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MeZolith is a graphic novel for older children and adults, written by a leading oral storyteller, with extraordinarily immersive illustrations by one of Britain's top film concept artists. It imagines a year in the life of Poika - a Mesolithic boy on the cusp of adulthood. Set in what is now North East Yorkshire, 10,000 years ago before Britain became an island, stories of a small tribe's daily struggle for survival are interwoven with some of humankind's most ancient myths, fairytales and legends. Grounded in detailed archaeological research, this is a book of action and adventure, horror and romance, magic and beauty. MeZolith was one of The Times's Graphic Novels of the Year in 2010.

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Ben Haggarty is a performance storyteller with a repertoire of over 350 traditional narratives, ranging from three-minute fables to three-hour epics. It includes many versions of Indo-European wondertales, the Fionn MacCumhaill cycle, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and modern myths such as Frankenstein and Mr Sandmann: Bringer of Dreams and Nightmares. He is the founder and artistic director of The Crick Crack Club - a peripatetic venue that creates events to showcase and develop performance storytelling. Since 2001, Ben has been the official storyteller with Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble in the USA. In 2007 he was appointed Honorary Professor of Storytelling at the Arts University of Berlin (UDK). Adam Brockbank is a storyboard and concept artist whose work features on a wide variety of films; from comic book adaptations like Spiderman, Captain America and X-Men to historical adventures like Troy and Alexander. But he is best known for his work on the Harry Potter series, creating and bringing to life onscreen the world of Hogwarts through his design of characters and creatures, props and vistas. With comics as his first love (notably the black and white reprints of Marvel Silver Age titles that he found on the shelves of his local newsagent), he's now come full circle as the illustrator of MeZolith.

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"Mezolith is the most important British graphic novel of the last twenty years ... It's not something to put alongside Tintin, it's something to put alongside Dickens or Steinbeck" -- Dave Morris Mirabilis 20100317 "An evocatively written, visually stunning piece of work ... Those who love graphic novels or just plain good storytelling owe it to themselves to buy this book" -- James Lovegrove Financial Times 20100510 "Fabulous ... Mezolith is one of the gems that emerged from Fickling's attempt at getting a new comic book going. Brilliantly illustrated by Adam Brockbank it is perfect for 9+ readers" -- Amanda Craig The Times 20100703 "Violent, beautiful, magical, compelling, this makes you want to go back in time and visit the landscape of the book" -- Neel Mukherjee The Times 20101127 "A dazzling evocation of ancient life and lore through the wide eyes of a young boy" -- Paul Gravett 20100223

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