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The People Inside

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  66 reviews
A new original graphic novel from the Eisner-nominated cartoonist of ONE SOUL! This ground-breaking new book looks at the lives and relationships of 24 individuals in a way only the medium of sequential art could. Relationships change, grow, and end, but the one thing that always remains is the people inside who define both ourselves and our liaisons.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Oni Press (first published August 13th 2014)
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gettinggraphic
Honestly, this surprised me in how much story I enjoyed and took away from this. It's kind of hard to explain becuase it's a double page spread which follows 12 different couples. Each couple is given a box where they are consistently shown on every double page, and so you can follow each individual couples' story just by following their box.
As the book goes on we see people changing and differing and connecting with other people. Some lovely things happen and some tragic things, and some
Sam Quixote
Sep 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Ray Fawkes’ The People Inside looks at twelve different couples in twelve different love-themed stories.

There’s a panel per couple every two pages so you have roughly twelve panels over two pages with the twelve stories playing out simultaneously. That's when we're not getting close-ups of two leaves - seriously. It’s a pretty terrible format choice as it’s hard to separate the individual stories when they’re all written in the same voice.

The character designs are very similar, drawn in the
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique, poetic graphic novel that uses the medium in a seemingly simple way at first glance. The “story” is told through windows into the lives of several different couples of various backgrounds and arrangements as they move through the many different stages and nuances of their relationships. From first kiss, to safe words, to babies, to brutality, to divorce, happiness… the different couples go through all sorts of different moments in their lives as time goes by. The simplicity of ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics
"The People Inside" allows us to follow the lives and relationships of 24 individuals. The art is simple and cartoonish. The characters are all presented at once, without much interconnection, which becomes confusing. The content aims to merge between the poetic and the philosophical, but didn't result very well. I seemed to be reading something written by someone who's verbose and whose thoughts are interspersed. I was unable to enjoy this graphic novel.

This ARC was provided by NetGalley for an
First Second Books
Ray Fawkes is so good – in this book, he tackles the love story. Twelve love stories, to be precise – and they all start at the same place (falling in love) and end completely differently, each unfolding a panel a page throughout this whole graphic novel.

There’s no one else in comics doing books like this.
Adela Cacovean
I jumped when I saw this book in NetGalley's Read Now list, up for review. An ARC of a stand-alone graphic novel? 24 relationships explored in sequential arc clouds? What could go wrong? (You probably see it, I didn't when I hit the request button) I'm gonna tell you in case you haven't anticipated it: everything. Yeah, it was that bad.

Don't get me wrong, maybe you will love it, the concept is really intriguing and that's what brought my attention to it. But I'm gonna explain a little about why
This book is such a rare treat. It follows multiple people and couples throughout their lives. Each character/couple's box is designated for them and every two pages continues their story, all while telling an overall main story through on long poem. The graphics and story are simple, but profound. The couples aren't all alike (from different races to sexuality), but Fawkes weaved them all together masterfully. As the stories develop, characters begin to die. When they die, their designated ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The People Inside is beautiful. I don't have a lot of experience reading graphic novels/comics apart from The Walking Dead series and this was obviously quite the change of pace. The story follows several couples over many decades. They are all very different and I believe that everyone can find at least one person to relate to in this story. Some part were a little risqué (like the BDSM couple) but I really respected the author for going there.

The novel reads like one really long poem. I could
Isa Elena
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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I received an e-arc of this book by Oni Press though NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Title: The People Inside
The Author: Ray Fawkes
Page Length: 146
Age: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 13th, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

I really, really enjoyed this read! I was a ‘eighteen-paneled’ graphic novel, which means that each page had nine boxes with a drawing and if you read
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, realistic, adult
24 people live out their lives in this book. Each person or couple is designated a panel when they're together and half a panel when they're apart. The story doesn't begin at birth, but rather as the characters have relationships, sometimes with one another and sometimes with others. They fight, love, cry, and live alongside one another. As characters die (of old age, or ailments, of accidents), their panel is filled in with black. Some of the characters pass through relationships with others in ...more
David Schaafsma
Nov 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-alt
As with One Soul, Fawkes tells multiple simultaneous stories, this time with 24 people, 12 love stories, from inception to end, and we follow them through, whether they end in the end of love.. or The End. The stories are not intertwined. They sometimes reveal the typical arc of a relationship, sometimes revealing similarities. One purpose of the tales seems to be that all these people are in love, and some for a lifetime, but these people are gay/straight/bdsm/etc but it's all love.. and when ...more
The People Inside is a stream of consciousness graphic novel that follows 24 people through the relationships and loneliness of their lives.

While I found the book intriguing, I probably won't find myself recommending it to many people -- the stream-of-consciousness text boxes can be hard to follow, especially with the lack of punctuation, capitalization, and attribution, and the scenes and topics get a bit graphic and explicit. (It was not so graphic and explicit that I felt uncomfortable
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Ugly-crying in the bathtub at 1 am because love is so beautiful but also we're going to die, just hold me somebody" the Book.
Jesus, how do I even evaluate this. Basically, if you're willing to take your time and reread the beginning to really grasp what's going on and anchor yourself to the people, this is a heartbreaking masterpiece.
This book manages to not only utilize the format of a comicbook in a fresh and emotionally-gutting way, it also does so with, if I'm being honest, really subpar
Derek Royal
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that we've been planning on discussing on The Comics Alternative podcast, which we'll do for next week's episode. I can't wait. As my colleague, Andy, has pointed out, it is a fascinating and emotionally moving narrative...or narratives, as the book is made up of individual stories of peoples' (mostly couples) lives. What's fascinating is the way the lives are presented and how the paneling brings many of them together, or perhaps separates them apart. What's even more fascinating ...more
Alice Marsh-Elmer
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A totally original, super avant-garde comic, The People Inside is completely unexpected. I found it hard, unable to find a cadence to the reading I was quickly distracted rather than quickly drawn in. It's not linear, giving more of a feeling or interpretation to the reader with each new page rather than a climax and conclusion. And I believe it has the potential to be incredibly moving for some readers. For myself, I found it's just not my cup of tea.

Note: I reviewed this book via NetGalley,
Denver Public Library
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel, lily
To my great delight I read The People Inside seven times in a row. Due to its interesting form, the story requires attention in a variety of ways, both linear and fragmented, but consistently parallel and always lovely. It is innovative, complex, experimental, and all around interesting. Fawkes plays with the form of the graphic novel in creative and touching ways.

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- Lily
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphicnovels
I read this book in one sitting, caught up in its rush, unable to stop. The cumulative emotional impact Ray Fawkes builds through his unique multi-panel mosaic manages to create a dual effect of devastation and inspiration. Despair and joy are like the right and left hands of life, and you need them both just to pull yourself through. Phenomenal.
I wonder if it's just me or if anyone else found it confusing linking all the stories together? The plot was good, as was the artwork.
(This was an arc I received through netgalley for an honest opinion)
Robert Hudder
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great rumination on love and life. Wow! I was blown away by the few stories and how they were told. The words from each story sometimes overlapped and made each story better. It is the contrasts between stories and the echoes that make this a lot better.

The use of black space as stories end is eerie and effective. I love these few love stories. So much pain as if love must be a colour of pain. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. Really excellent and made me think and feel.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, manga-comics
It took me a couple of pages to get into the flow of the narrative, but once I was in I didn't want to put THE PEOPLE INSIDE down. Fawkes crafts a beautiful exploration of humanity and love that ended up really drawing me in– and eventually drawing some tears. I was a bit iffy on the art style, but the flow and change of the panels throughout is clever and unexpected.
Laura Inkpen
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holy Hell this graphic novel is a revelation. Because author Fawkes does something with the medium that no-one else has done- he lets his reader improvise their own method of reading; let's them find their own way of navigating his stories as they go. And this makes it an incredibly liberating experience. Every choice he makes here is both smart and appropriate in terms of storytelling and it's to his credit that none of the twelve distinct narratives ever feel cliche or slipshod. To be fair, ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED THIS. The stream of consciousness style was poetic and beautiful. The stories were sweet and kind. Part of me wanted a synoptic breakdown of everything that happened because I am sure I missed some, but I'm glad that there isn't because I will surely come back to this.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A unique and poignant reading experience.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is another fine graphic novel from Ray Fawkes. Definitely worth reading.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-novel
like the format, not the Hollywood like ending
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
The People Inside chronicles the lives of many characters through the years, focusing on several themes, most important of which are togetherness and loneliness. I don't want to say love, though there are many shapes of love inside each story, because being with someone or without anyone, being in a relationship or alone, being together in living or living together apart are all part of the book. In that sense, love, lust, sex, hatred, trust, luck, dependence, addiction, anger, violence all play ...more
Wayne McCoy
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'The People Inside' follows 24 people in and out of love and through their lives. It was a bit tough to get into because the stories switch with each frame, but I ended up finding it a unique way to tell a story.

There are a variety of characters and situations. There a straight and gay relationships, there are domination-based relationships, there are dysfunctional relationships, etc. Throughout the book, some of the stories intertwine. There are also occasional breaks as time passes. Characters
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spring, summer, autumn, winter, thus, like the seasons, do our relationships cycle. In this evocative spiritual successor to One Soul, Fawkes delves right in, introducing us to his cast of couples, and the ups and downs of their relationships. Some are a blaze of physical interactions, some are troubled, while others are deeper more meaningful experiences that last a lifetime. Whether gay, lesbian, bi or straight, Fawkes shows love in all its forms. This is reality. Sadly, the reality of love is ...more
This ARC was provided by NetGalley

The People Inside is a graphic novel that follows 24 individuals through their relationships and how they cope with loneliness. This was the first time I'd read a book by Ray Fawkes.

I found the book artistically astonishing. The way it is told, with a big panel for a couple and half of the panel for the individual, is very original way to develop the story. This is how it looks:

At first, the lack of punctuation and capitalization (except for the letter 'F')
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
I am not even sure where to begin with this review… hm. The People Inside by Ray Fawkes was an account of multiple people’s lives and how they interacted with others in the story as friends, romantically or just plain alone – no interactions.

It follows both outward and inner struggles of the various people and how they handle different parts of their lives. As it follows this group through what seemed to be a lifetime from twenties until deaths the same people showed up in the same order of
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Ray Fawkes is the critically-acclaimed author of the comics and graphic novels Underwinter, Intersect, One Soul, The People Inside, The Spectral Engine, Possessions, and Junction True, as well as Batman: Eternal, Constantine, Justice League Dark, and Gotham by Midnight (DC), Wolverines (Marvel), Black Hammer '45 (Dark Horse), Jackpot! (AfterShock) and more. He is an Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster ...more