Written and Illustrated by Leila Marzocchi
Fantagraphics Books â€“ Coconino Press, 2006
Review by L’IndÃ©pendant
Niger 1 starts a tale about a newly hatched fish who becomes trapped in a treehouse. She is quickly discovered by a spider, who creates a web at the end of the bottle sheâ€™s in, hoping to trap her. A woodpecker eats the spider and tears down the web, and from then on sheâ€™s in the care of the woodpecker and a group of owls.
This book reads like a childrenâ€™s story. The art leads the reader to believe the book is dark in tone, when in fact it is actually quite light-hearted and humorous. Marzocchiâ€™s art is well-suited for her story, as it contrasts against the night atmosphere with warm and kind characters. Itâ€™s a beautiful first chapter to the story, and I look forward to more issues from Fantagraphicsâ€™ Ignatz Collection.
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Posted originally: 2007-05-17 15:05:38