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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
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
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Jason
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
Cate
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.
Russell Willis
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.

Information here:
http://store.sequential.cc/catalogue/...
Renee Alberts
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
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
Philip
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.
Whatsupchuck
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.
David
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.
Jessica
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.
Sarah
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.
Kim
Derik Badman's review of the work is well written. http://madinkbeard.com/archives/metro...
Robin
A wordless tale of a relationship's demise. The narrative transitions smoothly, often through the use of visual puns.
Dru
the tale of a failed relationship. told silently in black and white
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