Comic Book / Flight
is a series of episodic comics, written and drawn by a variety of artists and edited by Kazu Kibushi (author of Amulet
). They range from lighthearted to deep, simplistic to vivid, and bizarre to moderately sane.
Known for its inventive compilation of different styles, Flight has been well-recieved by critics and readers alike. It's an ongoing series with the 8th volume just released.
Flight provides examples of:
- An Aesop: Amy Kim Ganter's "Food from the Sea:" pointless competition is bad.
- Animal Motifs: From the above story: Gladys Perna sells fresh clams. Sandy Balgan sells fresh fish. This is taken to high extremes later when the two transform into their products.
- Bilingual Dialogue: Occasionally, like Richard Pose's story "Béisbol."
- Badass Normal: Sandy Balganwhen she was human.
- Body Horror: "Food from the Sea", in which the protagonist and her rival become so obsessed with their businesses(Fish and Clam), that they start to morph into them.
- Cool Old Lady: The face Gladys Perna wears for her customers.
- Driven by Envy: Sandy Balgan is an ambitious young fisherwoman who's jealous of Gladys Perna's clam market, and tries to compete with her fresh fish. It doesn't end well for either of them.
- Evil Old Folks: The face Gladys Perna reveals for her rival.
- Eyepatch of Power: Gladys Perna
- Fiery Redhead: Sandy Balgan in "Food From the Sea."
- Mood Whiplash: Sweet, lighthearted cartoons can be placed right next to bloody Speculative Fiction and down-to-Earth drama.
- Spoof Aesop: "The Maiden and the River Spirit" by Derek Kirk Kim directly references the eponymous fairytale, then completely subverts it.
- Tragic Monster:Sandy Balgan wanted to share her love of fish with the world and it ended up costing her humanity.