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3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  62 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Just when you thought that nobody could create something new in the comic medium, here comes Metronome - a 64-page debut graphic novel by Véronique Tanaka: a “silent”, erotically-charged visual poem, an experimental non-linear story using a palette of iconic ligne clair images. Symbolism, visual puns and trompe l’oeil conspire in a visual mantra that could be described as ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by NBM Publishing
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Vanessa Wu
Jan 28, 2012 Vanessa Wu rated it it was amazing
I needed a well-scrubbed, de-cluttered, pristine flat before I could appreciate this fine graphic novel, which had been lying around in a pile of clutter for several months until today.

The author is Bryan Talbot, who was a comic artist with, I am told, a god-like reputation in England at the time he decided to publish this under a pseudonym. It was a departure. But if you are familiar with Bryan Talbot's work you will know that he doesn't fit comfortably into any genre and that he likes to take
May 27, 2009 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is a brilliant graphic novel. The type of effect I was looking for in Graphic Witness. She manages to make a cinematic depiction that could no way be cinema. Using the panels to create that momentary lapse at the pace of a metronome, that could almost be accomplished with panning--except in graphic novels, the whole frame can be exposed at one time and cut up into moments. The spacing is the genius and it tells the story, hence just one of the reasons for the name of the story. A giant swat ...more
Renee Alberts
Oct 23, 2008 Renee Alberts rated it it was ok
Metronome, watch, fly, telephone, painting, lava lamp, piano, plant, fan, a man, a woman and a tribal mask comprise the bulk of the repeating imagery in this experimental, silent, black and white graphic novel. Each page features sixteen equally-sized panels, which set a meditative pace. While the story is not as compelling as the technique, the many surprising moments and visual tricks make this graphic novel well worth the read. Tanaka’s focus shifts from object to object, frequently switching ...more
George Marshall
Mar 03, 2012 George Marshall rated it it was ok
It's meant to be clever, but doing a wordless story or using panels to set a regular tempo of time are hardly new ideas- in fact they are as old as the comic art form. But the real problem (apart from the lame story and the endless repetitions of the same image often reversed on photoshop) is that the characters are very stiffly drawn. Strange because, apparently, Tanaka is the pen name of Bryan Talbot, a gifted artist. No signs of that here. The 'experimental' style can't cover up poor art and, ...more
Russell Willis
Dec 01, 2014 Russell Willis rated it really liked it
This has been out of print for a while but is now available on the iPad via the SEQUENTIAL app. In the digital version you can read Metronome 4 ways -- page-by-page, in panel mode, in one long vertical sequence or as an animation of the frames… Also includes interviews with Bryan Talbot and Veronique Tanaka.

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Jul 06, 2014 Cate rated it it was ok
I really like the artwork and the minimalism of a dialog-free story. Tanaka creates clever transitions between the objects in the room and the narrative, and conveys the sense of time moving and standing still to great effect. So why just 2 stars? Well, the story itself just wasn't as good as the structure she created to put it in. I am definitely interested in seeing what she does next, I would love to see type of artwork and originality alongside a really gripping tale.
Dec 30, 2011 Philip rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
I don't know what I was expecting... Maybe I'm still coming off my high from reading One Soul - an equally ambitious graphic novel.

I wasn't uber-impressed by this work.
Aug 24, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, page-45-club
A very clever comic which tells a touching story completely without words. I love the way that the panels relate to each other, tricking you into thinking you're looking at one object when you're actually looking at another.
Mar 24, 2013 Whatsupchuck rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Comics have a language of their own and unfold in various rhythms much like music. This unique comic ticks by at the pace of monotonous, constant quarter notes. This would potentially make it dull, but it fits so perfectly with the narrative that I wouldn't want it any other way.
Sep 06, 2008 David rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A quick, wordless GN set at a seconds-ticking pace, basically a sordid little tale of erotic love gone wrong - a bit of the Sun-Woo Jang film "Lies" and, what..? Some visually arresting stuff, esp at the beginning, as the artist plays with pans and resolves and pacing.
Oct 01, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
What a novel idea (no pun intended!)- a book with no words! I only had a quick flick-through, and would probably benefit from another look, but I really liked it! I didn't feel a rhythm when reading, but the story flowed well.
Aug 11, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, english, silent
Derik Badman's review of the work is well written.
A wordless tale of a relationship's demise. The narrative transitions smoothly, often through the use of visual puns.
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Paul Cruickshank
Jan 02, 2016 Paul Cruickshank rated it it was amazing
Simple and well crafted without any dialogue
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Aug 17, 2009 Dru rated it liked it
Shelves: a-graphic-novel
the tale of a failed relationship. told silently in black and white
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