Friday, December 3, 2010

Graphic Novel Friday Changing Moon Mathieu Mariolle

Changing Moon is not just French but also a YA graphic Novel at that. I have posted on YA before but not on anything French. Yes, I admit to being that Giovanni Gelati, the one that put up the Monty Python You Tube video entitled ”Taunting The French”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V7zbWNznbs. Oops there it is again, my bad. Seriously, this is an excellent graphic novel. I want to give an insight into the plotline and also a little something about the author:
“"In Alta Donna, the weather is great, the sunsets are super, and the stars twinkle brightly. Perfect, right? No! It's super boring. Nothing real ever happens. Everybody says I spend too much time daydreaming in my own little world. At least my dreams are more interesting than Alta Donna.
But what if Alta Donna is hiding a secret? The two new kids in town are up to something. No one could be as good a baseball player as Damiano, and no one could be as charming as Inés. The moment they arrived, life in Alta Donna stopped being perfect and started getting weird. Who are they really?
I always say, if you need a puzzle solved, look for someone with a BIG imagination. And that's me. Nola.”
And now the author:” Mathieu Mariolle was born in 1978 in Paris, France. After studying to be a translator, he returned to his childhood dream of writing books. He had been passionate about graphic novels ever since his father gave him a copy of the long-running Wild West comic book series Blueberry when he was five years old. His graphic novels include the series Pixie (with art by Aurore), published by Delcourt in French and TokyoPop in English. He blogs at petitsbiscuits.blogspot.com.”
The entire graphic novel for me was like a breath of fresh air. The artwork, although not usually my cup of tea really was a nice marriage with the dialogue and age group, it was definitely fun. Recently I have been on a quest to find graphic novels that are different and out of my comfort zone. The search hasn’t been difficult and I am amazed at the amount of quality work being done today. Changing Moon is a fine example of what a graphic novel should look like, feel like, and read like when all the right elements are placed together and fit like a glove.
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