Kazu, over at Bolt City, has the latest edition of Flight in hand and it looks fantastic. There are a couple of big names contributing this time around, and I can’t wait to read it once it gets here. If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, click here and hop to it.
Quote from Kazu: I’m so proud of everyone involved in this project, and I have to thank the fine folks at Ballantine Books for their dedication to the book, and for really opening my eyes to the level of professionalism afforded by the big trade book publishers. We already have ten times as many pre-orders for Flight 3 than we did for either 1 or 2, and the quality of the production is impeccable.
Flight mixes the influences of comics, animation and classic children’s illustration into a timeless fantasy. With truly stellar art from masters of the field, this fantasy anthology is a must for comics connoisseurs and a delight to readers who like pretty stories. Fanciful tales of children, monsters, fairy-filled forests and imagined worlds create an enchanted escape. Some of the stories are entirely wordless, while others are told from a child’s point of view. Tony Cliff’s “Old Oak Trees,” recounts how the author’s grandmother found a sort of “Wind in the Willows” gang of talking animals who live and love and play cricket in the local woods. Ben Hatke’s “The Edge” follows two brothers who find out who really lives at the edge of the world. Kean Soo’s almost heartbreakingly winning “Jellaby” is an account of a girl and a monster at a tea party. Multiple Academy Award–nominee Bill Plympton tells the story of “The Cloud,” a little puff of vapor who just wants to float into representational shapes, but is squelched by its elders. Editor Kibuishi’s contribution is also charmingly drawn but far from lighthearted; it details what happens when boys playing soldiers turn into men.