Set to Sea by Drew Weing, published by Fantagraphic Books, Seattle, 2010.
Remember a few posts ago when I boldly stated that I was going to go exploring down other alleyways of storytelling?
Set to Sea was an attractive selection on the shelf of the local library where I am currently staying. It’s a beautiful little book with full-page black and white illustrations and a delicious multiple-blues and goldy-bits wrap-around cover.
Our main dude is a huge gorilla of a guy, an introverted bookish fellow who is often assumed to be a drunk, a dummy, or a bruiser for his size. He’s a poet, and gets tossed out on his ear one late evening. He wakes up in a very different place.
In about 12 minutes, this has become one of my most favorite books. Every one of these story panels elicits a pretty strong emotional response. This one I’m buying and keeping…until I have some occasion to give it to someone.
How fascinating that we can relate and relate to a story told with no words.