Item description for It Disappears . . . (Soft Skull ShortLit) by Nate Powell...
An entry in the new series Soft Skull ShortLit --- Pocket Books for a New World,It Disappears follows a boy on a trip that takes him instantly into a terrifying old age and a bizarre otherworld accompanied by a strange mutating animal. A rhapsody on memory and the anticipation of the future dissolving into the receding waters of the past, Nate Powell's second graphic novel dazzlingly traces a journey of self-discovery and the uneasy realization that everything, eventually, disappears. But Powell also offers glimmers of hope that human interaction and history can somehow transcend the corrosive effects of time.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2004
Publisher Soft Skull Press
ISBN 1932360379 ISBN13 9781932360370
Availability 0 units.
More About Nate Powell
Nate Powell is the author of "Tiny Giants", "It Disappears", and several dozen zines and self-published comics. He plays in the punk band Soophie Nun Squad.
Nate Powell currently resides in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.
Reviews - What do customers think about It Disappears . . . (Soft Skull ShortLit)?
Graphic poetry joins the graphic novel Mar 10, 2007
No, it doesn't have the rhyme or meter of a literary poem. It does have all the mystery, evocativeness, and tantalizing ambiguity that so many people love in poetry. Powell combines past and present with will-be and never-was. He blends gentle fanstasy with the hard gray facts of a world where success is only ever partial, indirect and transient. Events are kaleidoscopic but there's a narrative deep inside, maybe several of them. The black and white art is simple, varied, and without affectation. It carries the text beautifully.
I'll have to go over this again, and maybe again a few more times to tease all the strands apart. It's worth it. If this is what Nate Powell creates, I want more of it.
PS to people who don't like buying one story twice: This book's content appears again in Powell's later and larger collection, "Sound of Your Name."
IT DISAPPEARS by Nate Powell, Soft Skull Press, 71 Bond St., Brooklyn, NY 11217; www.softskull.com; firstname.lastname@example.org. 2004. 78 pp. $9.99 trade paper, ISBN 1-932360-37-9. graphic novel. Powell's graphic, comic-book-like, panels of varying degrees of white and black convey the uncertain, shifting, grounds of existence. When the white predominates, there's an almost mystic feeling of tranquility. When the black predominates, there's a noir-like atmosphere. Most of the panels are in the middle ground of the proportion of the two colors. A man out camping alone in the wilderness when a snowstorm starts up meets a dog-like creature with a philosophical outlook. Identity, one's place in the universe, and modern society are among the topics the two take up as they search for shelter and other characters move in and out of the story. Powell's unpredictable illustrations and reflective dialogue present different angles on the perennial existential questions.