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Shutterbug Follies: Graphic Novel

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  300 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Bee works as a photo-finishing technician at a one-hour lab in lower Manhattan. To amuse herself, she duplicates (for her own collection) any titillating photographs that happen to pass through her hands. When pictures of a naked corpse are left for processing, Bee's curiosity goes into high gear."Shutterbug Follies" is a comic murder mystery filled with unlikely coinciden ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Doubleday
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May 14, 2014 Eve rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eve by: Lisa
Shelves: read-2014
Totally surprised that at the end of the book Raina Telgemeier was credited with many of the backdrop illustrations. She is everywhere! Great mystery, and amazing illustrations that lended themselves to the macabe. If you're okay with that, then you'll like it. Loved the urban feel of the neighborhood too, and that the protagonist was a fleshy, pear-shaped woman. It's the little things that count.
Sam Quixote
Set in 2001, Bee is a young Manhattanite working in a photo-processing shop (remember those?) and, among the usual hum-drum photos of birthday parties and babies, she comes across some lurid photos of recently deceased people. The Russian photographer who took them claims they are staged and not actual dead people but Bee’s curiosity is piqued and she decides to follow him… with startling results! Part Tintin, part “Ghost World” in tone, Jason Little’s “Shutterbug Follies” presents a whimsical v ...more
Basically, Enid from Ghost World becomes involved via her job at a photo shop in a mystery inspired by Rear Window and, to a lesser extent, Blue Velvet. I love all of those things, but the story/writing was flaccid and not up to the challenge of the original sources/genre. I did enjoy Little's art which reminds me of Hergé and in some places like Chris Ware. This got an extra star from me for the art. I'd love to see some things from this creator with a writer handling the plotting/dialogue. I'd ...more
I think Jason Little is a gifted artist, but I don't see anything to here to suggest he's also a gifted storyteller. Characters acting in the most unbelievable ways, a mystery with a perfunctory and therefore unsatisfying end, and even in 2002 I'm sure the concept of a photo development shop employee solving clues through negatives would have seem weirdly dated. Where, after all, are the digital cameras?
Such great drawings! I love the main character. I love the little mystery. And I love NY. I miss the days of regular old film cameras. So charming.
This book was part of my birthday present from my darling sister, Jessa. It is a graphic novel about an eighteen-year-old girl who gets sucked into a murder mystery when she pays just a little too much attention to the photos she is developing at her job at the one-hour photo. Along the way she recruits a curious cab driver and a sweet but fairly clueless art gallery worker to help her in her quest to uncover the truth. Though at times the protaganist is annoyingly naive, the art style is engagi ...more
Great art, okay story.
Thales Exoo
Don't kill people.
Entertaining and suspenseful. I read this after reading Little's newer book, and his improvement is pretty obvious (kind of cool to see how his artwork has evolved). The layout of this book is also more simplistic and less interesting. It gets the job done though.

The story itself is a grotesque murder mystery type deal. A quick, engaging read with interesting characters. Sometimes a little too "out there". The murder mystery wasn't even the unbelievable part, but some of Bee's actions and the ac
Dara Naraghi
This was a fun little caper, with a mystery that grabs your attention, and a female protagonist who is interesting in her eccentricities and single-mindedness. Bee is just out of high school, a self-proclaimed artist, and somewhat of a snoop. She becomes intrigued by a photo artist whose oeuvre is realistic portraits of crime scenes...except that she thinks there's more to his story than meets the eye. Despite some outlandish plot twists, I found myself caught up in the mystery. The ending was a ...more
Like any good nerd, I utilize the services provided by the local library. On my way home from work I often stop by to claim holds I've placed on various cds, books, and the occasional LP. Before grabbing a couple of Pavement and Daniel Johnston records, I hopped on over to the graphic novel section to see if anything was new. I've picked over that section many times, as I used to work in a parking garage nearby and the slow slow hours I spent there were temporarily relieved by purchases/borrowin ...more
I picked up this book because I'm a shutterbug, so a story that pulls visual elements from photography appealed to me. I enjoyed Jason Little's use of negatives as panels as our heroine takes it upon herself to investigate a photographer whose crime scene images seem a little too perfect to be coincidental. It's a quick, enjoyable read, and although there's not much depth to the story and characterization, I will definitely continue to read Little's other graphic novels.
Good writers can pull of stories wherein fantastic things happen without my thinking, "Actual human beings do not behave like that" ... which is exactly what I was thinking for the last eighty percent of this book."

There was one scene that particularly bothered me, wherein a male photographer shows his work to the female protagonist. The photos were surreptitious shots of nude/semi-clothed people in their homes -- peeping tom stuff under the guise of art, basically. It felt like the protagonist
There......... was some pretty messed-up stuff in this book. I don't know what I was expecting, but damn. There were a few problematic bits (such as voyeurism, and some scenes that made me uncomfortable), which is why I'm awarding this three, rather than four stars.

Otherwise, I quite enjoyed this graphic novel. Extra kudos to Jason Little for knowing how to draw women with actual real-life bodies!
A quick read with great colourful art that I found entertaining enough to give it four stars. I would have liked for it to be longer and a little more fleshed out but I still think it's worth checking out. I have to say I found the main character rather likeable, especially compared to similar looking but utterly dreary and awkward protagonists from other graphic novels.
Christine K
I enjoyed this graphic novel that was easily put down in 1 sitting. The story is predictable in spots but I enjoyed the vibrant color palette and crime/mystery theme. I really appreciate that it is an adventurous female lead as we are often left out in these genres. I also enjoy that it really uses the photography theme, even mimicking photos in the artwork.
Kate Alleman
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Bee reminds me a bit of Ghost World's Edith. She's a photo tech that enjoys getting a glimpse into her customer's lives. One day she processes a set of photos that point to murder! Pretty soon, she's deep into an investigation.

I like that Bee is a strong character. That was super refreshing after reading the New York Four and Five.
The attention to detail is incredible in this! As a former photo lab manager, all of the photo processing details are spot-on. I also identify with this s bit because of the photo processing experience, for one, but also because I'm a bespectacled red head who used to develop crime scene photos. I love this graphic novel!
Murder mystery graphic novel set in the days of film development and pager codes. The story line is graphic (so mature in subject matter) but lacking in sophistication.

The main character, Bee works in a one hour photo booth developing film. She uncovers pictures of a murder and begins to investigate. Unfortunately she is drawn in and her life is threatened by the murderer. She is saved by her wits, her use of pager codes, and her cab-driver friend who sends the Calvary to her rescue.

I've been reading the amusing and quirky Motel Art Improvement Service weekly comic on Jason Little's site for a few months now. Digging through his other work a while ago I found a teaser for his book Shutterbug Follies. Luckily I found this book in my local library the other day and scooped it up. It's a short story about a young woman who while working at a photo-lab uncovers a mystery that she can't resist investigating. Little has a great drawing style (and loves to use dramatic punchy colo ...more
Jul 02, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults, older teens
I thought this was a rip-roaring good murder mystery! In this graphic novel, Bee works at a photo lab (I always wondered what those workers think of people's photos!), and comes across some scary photos of corpses (beware, there is nudity and gore in these pictures). She decides to investigate, and what she finds is much more than she anticipated! She ends up at the library researching prescription pills, not to mention outwitting the Russian mob!

I liked the great camera angles and use of vibran
Sep 21, 2014 Skjam! rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: thriller fans
Recommended to Skjam! by: GoComics
I only reviewed the webcomic version here: so cannot speak to any extras in the bound book.
The art in Shutterbug Follies is outstanding -- an unusual observation for me, as I normally judge graphic novels based solely on the writing.

In this case, my appreciation of the "graphic" part of the graphic novel is aided by the fact that the "novel" part is extraordinarily well done. Noirish without being simply dark (a pitfall all too common, particularly amongst noir comix), the adventures of a photo shop clerk who winds up far in over her head is both entertaining and intriguing, presentin
Steph Boggs
Beautiful artwork and a quick fun read with an ending you will not expect
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]Nice little graphic novel about a girl who discovers disturbing things while working in a photography shop developing films. New York and the characters of the city are nicely portrayed. The plot, however, was rather cliched and improbable: at one point our heroine, Bee, is asked by her friend "So, uh, when are you going to call the cops?" The answer is, not just yet as we are only on page 25 out of 150... Still, good fun, if not exactly grea ...more
Nomad nimrod
Not good compared to motel art improvement service.
SO fun. Definitely my new favorite graphic novelist discovery. I wish TRL had more of his stuff. Totally accessible illustration style with awesome saturated color assisted by my girl Raina Telgemeier. I used to love Nancy Drew mysteries, so this was right up my alley. NYC girl develops film for a living - discovers a horrible secret about a local famous artist. Lots of crime closeups, nudity, action. Fast fun lush read.
This graphic novel was a solid little murder mystery. As with 'Motel Art Improvement Society', Jason Little did a good job of developing the characters and showing their interactions.

The art style is realistic with somewhat non-idealized characters, and this is definitely something that I find interesting.

But I think 'Motel Art Improvement Society' had a slightly stronger story.
Lunchtime read of a graphic novel by Jason Little. Lots of photograph and negative action--which is what caught my eye as a young photo lab technician gets caught in a dangerous web of one of the lab's customers. He seems to be photographing murder victims in the name of art while also involved in their actual murder. Will she crack the case without being a photographed corpse?
Artur Coelho
Se o enredo desta obra não é particularmente fascinante, andando às voltas com um certo voyeurismo, crimes e lojas de revelação fotográfica, é na ilustração que Shutterbug Follies encanta. Desenhado num misto de linha clara de Hergé com o urbanismo de Daniel Clowes ou Adrian Tomine, esta obra agarra pela sua qualidade estética.
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