Friday, June 14, 2013
Stargazing Dog: A graphic novel review
Info: NBM Publishing, copyright 2011, 128 pages
YALSA Great Graphic Novel Top Ten 2013
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): The story of man and man's best friend, from the perspective of the friend.
Translated from the Japanese bestseller, this story centers on Oto-san, a man who finds himself abandoned by his family and friends with nothing in his life happening the way he had planned. He embarks on a road trip to escape it all, and he soon discovers the only one he can count on completely is his faithful, recently adopted dog, who helps him see the light at the end of the tunnel. Illustrating the valuable lessons of friendship and loyalty, this is a heartwarming tale of two endearing characters and their shared adventure into the unknown.
The latest in a great string of graphic novels. The description above really sums things up well. This is the story of a man, down on his luck, and the loyal dog that stays with him until the end. I almost didn't finish it. There are no surprises in the book. The first page shows the sad fate of the unlikely pair, but I kept reading, and by the end I had tears streaming down my face. Then I was laying on the floor holding onto my dog. Geez. Who knew a graphic novel could illicit a hug fest?
For a genuinely touching graphic novel, check out Takashi Murakami's Stargazing Dog.