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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
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Published August 24th 2004 by Image Comics
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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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...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
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...more
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.
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.
Ha Li
a beautiful collection of artistic stories! can't wait to experience other volumes.
Dustine Rene
This would be my favorite Flight volume (at least among the ones I have). I like this the most because I find most of the stories interesting and also because of the diversity in the art, compared to latter volumes where the stories and the art are mostly cartoony.

My top favorite comics would be:

"Taj Mahal" by Neil Babra
"Tumbleweed" by Catia Chen

I also enjoyed:

"I wish..." by Vera Brosgol
"Outside My Window" by Khang Le
"Fall" by Catia Chen
"Dummy Brother" by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
"The Bowl" by Clio...more
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
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...more
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...more
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 /...more
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
Emkoshka
This was a really enjoyable comics compilation, with each individual story relating in some way to the theme of flight, some more tangentially than others. Some of the most effective stories were those that dealt directly with flight whether through planes, birds or angels: 'Maiden Voyage', 'Hugo Earheart', 'I wish...' Others were a little impenetrable for my tastes ('Dummy Brother'). 'Deep Blue' was a beautiful and creative evocation of a penguin's 'flight' while 'Outside My Window' was another...more
Ratforce
A good graphic novel series that contains a bunch of short stories on a variety of subjects is Flight , edited by Kazu Kibuishi. Most of the stories are fantasy, with some adventure thrown in. It is good because it gives you a sample of different authors, illustrators, and formats so if you don’t enjoy one of the stories you can move on to the next. There are eight volumes so far and it seems like more keep coming.

If you enjoy graphic novels and a wide range of other genres a good graphic novel...more
Michelle. D.
This was a collection of stories from different authors and I have a story that involves this book that I would like to share...

So I got this from an elementry school library and I checked it out. I read it while on the bus and when I was almost done, there was a comic showing a lady giving birth. I had no problem with this; I'm mature enough to see this without being giggly or out of line. But lets go back to the fact that this was in an elementry school library. This book, had full on pictures...more
Nerija

Hilarious: Scott Campbell’s “Igloo Head and Tree Head” stories (Vol. 4 and 5) – the concept is so incredibly random: a world of blob-like figures named for the objects on their heads. Cannonballhead, Castlehead, Canoehead…

Sad: “Polaris,” by Azad Injejikian (Vol. 3) – a little girl is harassed by her classmates and neighbors because she can’t walk without floating six inches off the ground.

Sweet: “On the Importance of Space Travel,” by Svetlana Chmakova (Vol. 5) – Jeannie insists she is the Princ...more
Mpho3
I love storytelling through graphic art and was fairly excited to dive into this compilation of up-and-coming artists. Like other readers, I found the volume to be a mixed bag. I loved the theme "flight" and enjoyed the creative manner in which some of the artists worked with it. However, I found one nagging problem with most of the stories - lack of narrative development. Of the 24 stories, I felt that two (Jake Parker's "Hugo Earheart" and "The Bowl" by Clio Chiang) stood head and shoulders ab...more
Rhea
I love graphic novels! They're like movies, except you get to read it at whatever pace you want, slowing down to admire some beautiful artwork, or speeding up if stuff gets too boring. Plus, while graphic novels can't into character's heads, they can show things through illustrations, making them more accessible than novels.

I enjoyed this anthology quite a lot, because not only is it a brisk read, it also brings together many types of stories and artwork styles centered around the theme of fligh...more
Crystal Allen
Nov 04, 2007 Crystal Allen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People wanting to explore lots of graphic novelists in one book
Shelves: graphic-novels
My husband is the graphic novel buyer for the wholesale division of the publishing company that I work for. He recommended this book to me when I told him that I wanted to learn more about graphic novels.

Flight is a collection of different "short stories" told in graphic form all around the theme of flight.

This was a really hard one for me to rate because some of the stories I absolutely adored and wished that there was an entire book of them while others I admit I wasn't into at all so I just...more
Craig
I had thought this was an anthology of stories about flight...which confused me, as many were not about flight, though some were.

The book's introduction is at the end, where it explains that it is an anthology about the flight or beginning of popular graphic novels. Which explains much more.

Some of the stories are very good and well drawn. some are vague and confusing.
On a whole, it only takes about an hour to read, so it is worth checking it out, to see what you might like.
Jaryd
I swear, I am addicted to anything Kazu Kibuishi related; however, this particular book wasn't entirely comprised of his work. Flight is an anthology of stories written and drawn by various authors of different styles and perspectives. Common amongst these works, and easily understood, was this overarching theme of "flight" and "taking to the skies" - a theme which has led to a sundry of untold stories brimming with imagination whereby merely thinking about reading them will result in a spill...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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