Everyone I know has a topic of conversation that they feel is their baby. Being a self confessed geek with aspirations to become a super villain I enjoy talking about comics as I find the bad guys to be fascinating. Usually I do not get offended by those who have no clue of what I am chatting about, however at a recent dinner party a close friends boyfriend turned around to me and stated “Isn’t a graphic novel just a comic”.
With nods to the Wright brothers and that it’s based on fact the storyline is wonderful for the eyes to behold…
A graphic novel can be sequential in design, but they are largely experimental. Comics can be linked together to create a bound anthology of a storyline or they can simply show the creativity of an illustrator with few pages, but amazingly detailed images.
Trial and Error by Oivind Hovland is about Jean Babtiste de Bomberaque, an eccentric French nobleman who has a passion for flying. The book follows him through his various attempts at flying starting from an early age. With nods to the Wright brothers and that it’s based on fact the storyline is wonderful for the eyes to behold.
…a beautiful crafting of black and white ink paintings…
The style that Hovland produces is a beautiful crafting of black and white ink paintings surrounded by an almost silent era border. The inclusion of two fold outs at the beginning and end of the book show the professional standard and finishes the experience off quite nicely.
Compared to the other books I have reviewed I would honestly say that this is not for everyone. If you are a fan of his work then by all means grab a copy and indulge in the sweeping black and white images. Those whose who enjoy the comic formula this may be a miss for you, but if you are willing to embrace experimental illustration then do give it a look.
Top Image courtesy of Tabella Publishing