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Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
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Sep 27, 14

Read in July, 2010

An original graphic novel (long-form comic, not a collection of shorter issues), this story could not be better told by any other medium. A nice balance of content and style. Through the narrative and visuals it explores the perspectives of the characters and challenges the perspectives of the reader.

The story follows a listless, middle-aged, self-described-genius architect as a crisis forces him to reevaluate his lost love. He has rigid rules of aesthetics that he applies to his entire life. As a text story, he might come off as inconceivably rigid and pompous, but the art allows the reader to step into his world. You can see how well the rules work for him, and the strain it causes when they stop working for him, all told in pictures. You could read this book purely for the story, but the art will effect how you read it whether you pay attention to it or not. When you take a step back and look at how the story is being told you see how carefully balanced and crafted the story is.
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