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Flight Volume One (Flight #1)

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Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that wil ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 207 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Villard Books (first published August 25th 2004)
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Speedtribes
Out of all the volumes, I have to say that the first volume was the most interesting to me simply because this was an anthology where the majority of the artists are females drawing in styles that aren't typically noticed in the Superhero, male, and floppy format dominated American comics industry. These are fellow artists in my age group who I've seen online and at conventions -- I wanted this volume in support of them and their work. I applaud them just for the very existence of this book-- an ...more
Sesana
Anthologies are difficult to review. Do I rate by the best of the collection or the worst? Luckily, Flight solves my problem by having almost uniformly good and, more to the point of the collection, beautifully illustrated stories. There's a wide variety here. The thread that binds them together is the concept of flight, very very loosely defined. So in the same collection, we have adventures aboard an airship and reflections on faith. There's also a huge range of art styles, including collage-i ...more
Elizabeth A
First you need to know that while I'm a huge fan of the graphic novel, I am neither a fan of short stories nor anthologies, and that is what this book is. A collection of graphic stories. I did not know that going in. Mea culpa.

The stories are all about flight in one way or another, and while I quite liked the art, many of the stories in this collection were really weak. That being said, there is wide variety of stories and artistic styles, and for that reason alone it might make sense to grab
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Jared
One day, when I was ten or so, alone in the dinnertime quiet of our suburban cul-de-sac, I reclined in the seat of an upturned Big Wheel and let my gaze wander upwards. My head lay on the warm pavement, which hummed with the day's dissipating heat and, far below, the slow engine of the turning earth. Staring past the handlebars, I watched as the pane of blue ahead, just a dusty ceiling an hour ago, began to slowly sink away, giving way to a distance I'd considered but never quite conceived. I fe ...more
Magila
3.5

I was crushed by my lack of overall love for this graphic novel. It wasn't bad. However, I wasn't a fan of every one of the comics. I probably was a big fan of about a third, enjoyed a third ok, and wouldn't have minded a third being edited out. So, I liked this, but I didn't love it.

As a compilation, it's worth picking up. I was exposed to three new artists that I really enjoyed, and found some of their art I plan to check out in other comics. So give this volume a shot, but don't bump it t
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Robbie
I am considerably new to the idea of graphic novels, although I have always loved the concept ever since I read the "Bone" series way back when (I want to read it again, just for grins). Seeing 'Flight' on StumbleUpon, I was absolutely intrigued at the idea of an anthology of different artists, and as such, asked for Volume One for Christmas, and received.

Once again, because I am relatively new but already know that I like them, this was something fantastic to me. I loved the diversity of the di
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Heidi Cullinan
My one-word review of this book would have to be "charming." I picked it up because I kept seeing it on the shelf at the library, and the cover looked so beautiful I finally had to give in. And the cover sold the book accurately, because the book is beautiful, enchanting, and deceptively easy to slide into. Essentially these are short stories told in graphic form: a few have no words at all or very, very few. The styles of art vary between pieces, sometimes radically. The types of stories are al ...more
Craig
read as 3.5 stars.

What do you know? sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover. I was drawn to this series by the amazing cover art (and now that I've finished volume 1, I'm glad that I picked up volume 2 at the same time.).

Basically a graphic novel anthology of short stories that are all somehow related to flight of one sort or another. Some authors took the idea very literal while others were more playful. I have to say there isn't a stinker in the bunch. I enjoyed every story in the collecti
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Austin
this was a great book i enjoyed it a lot. this book has multiple stories in it so if you dont like a story you can go to the next one. i think this book was cool because all the stories were all about flying or in the air.
i gave it a 4 star rateing because it was a good book and it kept my intrest throughout the whole book. i would reccemend this book to anybody who like to read a book with a lot of stories in it
Ms. Library
This is an anthology about flight that allowed people to explore this new medium and to explore different styles. I really loved some of the art and stories, and some of them, I didn't care for so much.

However, one of the things that makes this so interesting is that there are a lot of different voices here. In graphic novels, most of the voices tend to be white males. This one is filled with people of different perspectives, and the art and stories reflect that, which is important. The graphic
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Melki
Though the art work, without exception, is absolutely breathtaking, none of the stories were very strong or memorable.
Juneau Public Library

Kazu Kibuishi is one of my favorite kid-friendly author-artists, penning the Copper comic strip and the Amulet graphic novel series. He also has arranged the Flight anthology series, where he usually contributes one or two of the several-dozen stories in each book. Most of the short stories can stand alone, but it’s best to read the Flight books in order for the several story lines that recur, such as Neil Babra’s “Life of Tejinder Singh” and Michel Gagne’s “Saga of Rex,” both of which are told
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Michael
Complete Collection Rating: 6/10 (OK)

While there is some standout writing and artwork in this book, many of the stories either made no sense or were poorly done. That being said, the shear variety of stories and artistic styles in this book make it a worthwhile read. If you can borrow it from a friend or grab a library copy as I did, I wouldn't hesitate.

Story Ratings:

"Air and Water" 6/10 (OK)
"Maiden Voyage" 7/10 (Good)
"Hugo Earheart" 8/10 (Really Good)
"I Wish..." 6/10 (OK)
"Paper and Strings" 5/1
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Hannah Rose
I liked this! What a gem to find at the library. I had never heard of these books before checking out the first two volumes, and honestly, that surprises me. The artwork in here is stunningly varied in style, from animated/ cartoony story lines to more abstract pieces written in poetry, where every graphic is a masterpiece. It's so cool how every story in here is related to flight in all different ways and to all different degrees. Again, the variety is stunning. Some of my favorite stories in t ...more
nira
This was awesome. I love short stories. And i adore graphic novels. So put them together and you get a very happy girl. Now i am going to talk about the stories that stood out to me:
"Maiden Voyage" by Kazu Kibuishi- This was adorable. The drawings were absolutely amazing. I want to read more Kazu kibuishi.
"Hugo Earheart" by Jake Parker- Cute. Makes me wonder what is going to happen.
"I wish..." by Vera Brosgol- I loved this so much! I can't wait to read Anya's Ghost. I wish this was an actual gra
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Matt Ryan
Flight is a compilation of multiple stories by various authors, all pertaining to the one concept of flight. Whether flight comes in the form of wings, engine, healium, propeller, this book has it.

At first, I didn't know what to expect. I admittedly judged this book by its cover, and the cover is what lured me in. I was pleasantly surprised, normally I don't really like anthologies, but this was a different case! I found myself connecting to each and every story, and learning something new from
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Angie
Synopsis: "Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire."

my Review: This was an interesting and new take on graphic novels for me. I had never re
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Blake
As always, the "Flight" series, especially this first one, is very entertaining and well drawn. The women artist in this, which is most every story, seem to show more feeling and dynamic quality in their art in this issue than the later issues to follow. Love the coloring most of all, and the cover is very epic and amazing.
Chris
This is a good book, for sure, it's just too bad I've read these out of order. Not for continuity's sake, no, just that the newer volumes have been better--and bigger. However, this is still a great book full of fantastic art and fun stories. Give it a looksee. If you start here, it only gets better as the volumes progress.
Becca
This is the first compendium of short story graphic novels I've read and it was both better and different than I expected! ^_^ I liked most of the short stories, though some I just didn't get and others were just a little too weird for my liking. The art for all of them was beautiful though, and each and every one was different than the last, which was nice and refreshing, and made it easy to fly through the entire book. My favourites were "Maiden Voyage" and "Copper" by Kazu Kibuishi, "Paper an ...more
Krystle
Really neat! Takes a look at graphic novel illustrations a different way as well as storytelling. Some of the stories are obviously better than the others but they're all refreshing to read and this is a great gem of graphic novel anthologies.
Bella
Awesome artwork in here! I liked some of the stories better than others. And some were just too confusing but overall a very nice graphic novel. Now I want the rest of the volumes!
Noura
Plot wise i'll give this 3 but the collection of art work was gorgeous which is why i ended up rating it a 4.
Ha Li
a beautiful collection of artistic stories! can't wait to experience other volumes.
Kristin
This wasn't bad. For every really good story, there was another that was equally sub-par. Compilations are like that, though, and I don't mind it. This set had a mix of material for children, teens and adults. I don't like the stuff that's basically cartoons. I enjoy graphic novels with really interesting artwork. It doesn't have to be really finely-detailed or what have you. But, I don't like outright cartooning. I think it's pretty boring. Not sure if I'll keep reading this series. Maybe if I ...more
Becky B
Since this is such a mixed bag of graphic novel short stories, I’ll do summaries and ratings for each short story individually. I will say this for the mix as a whole, I’m not sure who the intended audience of this book is supposed to be. Some of the stories are done in little kid style animation and have accompanying simple plot lines aimed at that age group, and then others are most definitely adult with content inappropriate for kids. I’ve read the Box and Island compilations Kibuishi put tog ...more
James Maxon
Having not read the description before reading this book, I wasn't aware that it was an anthology. This is no one's fault but my own, but, since I thought I was getting an original work of Kibuishi's, I found myself disappointed.

That said, I didn't give up on reading it. Each entry is a short story that has something to do with flight (save for a few). Most took on an artistic expression, as if to show off the author's style. As such, some of the stories are a bit out there. I liked a few, but d
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Abraham
"A collection of short comics by an array of people who look awfully hip; I was drawn in by the pretty colors." I wrote that before I started this book and I assure you it still holds true, but I can add a few things:

I read my first graphic novel in early 2009 and I have been hooked ever since, but I am still not sold on the idea of super short graphic stories. Sure, these mysterious little things called "comic books" have done well for themselves, but still, anything shorter than sixteen pages
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Callie Rose Tyler
Mostly this book was a letdown with quite a few pointless stories.
There are stories in this compilation that make it unsuitable for a juvenile audience.
Yet many of the stories are somewhat infantile.

Without a doubt the best story in the bunch is Outside my window by Khang Le, too bad you have to wade through so many mediocre stories to get to it. While this single story is AWESOME the rest of the book is nowhere near being a MUST-READ.

Air and water / Enrico Casarosa -- *
Copper : maiden voyage /
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Cathy
The editing of the book was very good, it had a wide variety of stories that kept the pace up and kept me interested. It started with Air & Water by Enrico Casarosa, a lovely illustrated poem that started the book off with the right emotion of flight. After that the book included a great mix of stories that included humor, mythology from all over the world, stories expressing a wise cross-section of emotions, comics by many women (so rare to see unfortunately), faces of many different colors ...more
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Kazu Kibuishi (born 1978) is an American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight and for creating the webcomic Copper. He has also written (drawn) the Amulet series. The webcomic artist and noted critic Scott McCloud has said that some of Kazu Kibuishi's work is so beautifully drawn that "it hurts my hands when I look at ...more
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