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Asterios is often represented in blue lines, much like an architectural blueprint, while Hana is reflected in simple pink. Asterios Polyp will cause comic-book buffs to swoon, sure, but the narrative--after a fire, an arrogant architect slowly begins to rebuild his own life--makes it much more than a pretty picture book.
Early on, during an aside, Mazzucchelli presents a random group of people, each drawn in a different style and color, as a visual representation of how unique every person is. In the meantime, we are enthralled by Mazzucchelli’s extraordinarily imagined world of brilliantly conceived eccentrics, sharply observed social mores, and deftly depicted asides on everything from design theory to the nature of human perception.Als zijn appartement in New York in vlammen opgaat, staat zijn leven op zijn kop en volgen we hem op de weg die hij dan inslaat.
I do, however, feel quite comfortable talking about what I think about something, so in this series I will happily do just that. The technique is used to great effect when highlighting the different ways the pair look at the same things.The book is all about style, design and visual language, and Mazzuchelli is moving the discussion of all of these forward with Asterios Polyp. Each character's speech is written in a unique font, one which is clearly representative of that person's personality. Questi due modi diversi di vedere il mondo, ordinato e caotico, reale e ideale, empatico e cinico si riflettono nei diversi comportamenti di Asterios e della moglie. Sebbene tratti di una mente – di un uomo – dedita/o alla spasmodica ricerca di una pura logica, un uomo per cui le astrazioni surclassano l’esperienza di vita diretta, fortunatamente il libro non cede alla tentazione di rifugiarsi in un oscuro ermetismo. It’s a testimony to Mazzucchelli’s skills that by the end of Polyp’s odyssey, the arrogant academic has been rendered a tragic and sympathetic figure deserving of the tale’s (possibly) happy ending.
In addition, the colors here are just amazing, usually playing with a very limited palette (see above).Asterios' Greek heritage is one of many allusions to the story of Orpheus and Euridice, a recurring theme throughout the book. Innanzitutto ‘Asterios Polyp’ è la tollerante storia di un essere umano non priva di una salutare diffidenza verso gli assolutismi formali.
What Mazzucchelli accomplishes, though, with remarkable clarity and a jazzy pop-culture eye, and which the written word has a tougher time with, is portraying silence, moments between something said and something to come—even thought itself. Una grandísima obra, imprescindible diría yo para todo el que disfrute con el género, y muy recomendable para aquellos que todavía piensan (parece imposible que puedan existir, pero sí, por ahí andan) que los cómics son un género menor. so I am still learning, but it is done by a superhero artist, who for years has labored in the background (except he is also the Batman One guy). Why would anyone want to make such a well crafted and carefully thought through graphic novel about an architect struggling with his preconceptions on the nature of duality? En dan de stof tot nadenken, want iedere ontmoeting in het boek leidt tot nieuwe standpunten die naast die van Asterios Polyp kunnen worden gezet.We make friendships, fall in love, communicate in different ways, yet each and every one of us is a seperate universe. Let's talk about graphic novels – from action-packed adventures to intimate memoirs, from meticulous non-fiction to wild surrealism! Meet Asterios middle-aged, meagerly successful architect and teacher, aesthete and womanizer, whose life is wholly upended when his New York City apartment goes up in flames.