Introduction by Jeff SMITH
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 “existential manga” if it wasn’t for the fact that there is a very human and elegantly-structured tale of a doomed relationship providing a solid foundation to the cutting-edge storytelling. A gorgeous art book/graphic novel from a mysterious new artist. An experience not to be missed!
IN NEW YORK MAGAZINE'S
TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVELS
“A bold pushing of the formal envelope, it bills itself as a ‘visual poem’, but with its regimented film-like frames and hypnotic four-four repetition, it evokes music and stroboscopic cinema.” -The Boston Phoenix
"*** 1/2. The rare item in the stack: the one that is truly different. Impressive achievement."
-The Comics Buyer's Guide
"Touching and artful the story is effective, and the way the images build in sequence is stunning."
"Thanks to Tanaka's gift with facial expressions and her strong compositional sense, the characters' exhiliration, frustration and desires resonate deeply."
-The Washington Post
"It’s a great testament to the power of telling a story strictly through graphics; there’s nary a word uttered between our lovers. None is needed; their actions say it all."
"Tanaka’s strength is definitely the tight focus that each panel has, using it almost like a television camera. By controlling exactly what the reader sees and keeping that focus fixed and narrow, it helps move the story along quickly and effortlessly."
-Read About Comics
"Although hardly as ambiguous as the New Wave movie classic Last Year at Marienbad, Metronome has, Tanaka has disclosed, the same literary inspiration: the existential nouveau roman of Alain Robbe-Grillet. Tanaka's wordless work yields nothing in fascination and high concept to its cinematic forebear." -Booklist
“Offers a surprisingly engaging story that, without the hindrance of language, anyone can understand. Tanaka makes good use of rythmn, themes and cadences to set the scene and mood.”
An ICv2 Pick Hit to Click
For mature readers.
9x9, 68pp., B&W hardcover, $13.95, SALE $3
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