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A graphic novel about loss, hope and faith; bonds that are tested when the paths of two boyhood friends diverge.The term 'graphic novel' is now used as shorthand to describe any fat comic book, whether it's a collection of short stories, journalism, autobiography, or history, but Carol Swain's work is among that minority of work published under the rubric 'graphic novel' that in fact closely approximates the visual equivalent of mainstream fiction. Swain has been publishing comics since the mid-'80s, but this is not only her second book, but her first since 1995 and the first to receive proper distribution to the book trade.
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Carol Swain is the acclaimed British cartoonist and author of the graphic novels Invasion of the Mind Sappers and Foodboy.From Booklist:
Done only in black and white, Foodboy is a work of gritty realism that grows increasingly eerie as its secondary protagonist becomes more alienated and feral. Gar, a young man in chronically depressed Wales, collects food for his friend, Ross, who has dropped out so thoroughly that he is beyond unemployment and, eventually, homelessness. A powerful early manifestation of Ross' alienation comes when he asks a street preacher for equal time to say what he believes; the evangelist acquiescing, Ross then says nothing. At the end of the book, Gar waits on a beach with the steak he has brought; night falls, and Ross still hasn't broken cover. Higher-than-wide panels (relieved by double- and one-and-a-half-width ones) and tight and medium close-ups predominate, and there is plenty of variation in the angle of vision. But the blocky, blunt-featured figures of Gar, Ross, and a handful of others, who, until the end, always attend Ross, constitute Swain's most powerful tool for communicating the desperation of this parable of poverty and disintegration. Ray Olson
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Book Description Fantagraphics Books, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11156097575X