Comic Book / The Arrival

A wordless graphic novel by Shaun Tan about an nameless immigrant in a strange land. Drawn in beautiful hyper-realism, the book incorporates fantastical landscapes and an invented alphabet to convey the confusions of a new place and unfamiliar language.

This work contains examples of the following tropes:

  • An Immigrant's Tale: With the twist that the place he's immigrating to (and the one he's immigrating from) isn't at all real.
  • Book Ends: Near the beginning of the novel, the confused protagonist asks a stranger for directions; at its end, his daughter gives directions to a newcomer.
  • Fish out of Water
  • Funny Foreigner: The protagonist, at first and from the point of view of others.
  • Scenery Porn: It's Shaun Tan, what's your next question?