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Shutterbug Follies
Graphic Novel
Written by Jason Little

Shutterbug Follies
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Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Imprint: Doubleday
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: October 2002
Price: $24.95
Can. Price: $37.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-50346-4 (0-385-50346-6)
Pages: 160



 
**Named by School Library Journal as one of the Best Adult Books for High School Students, 2003

"...Little's first full-length graphic novel (following his award-winning short book Jack's Luck Runs Out) is a witty, lighter-than-air murder mystery with a hugely likeable young sleuth. Scrappy 18-year-old Bee is working in a New York photo lab when a picture of a naked female corpse that's not quite what it appears to be piques her interest. Her amateur investigation of its photographer leads her to an ever-deepening mystery, a friendly cab driver, a cute but nervous photo assistant, some scary doings with the Russian mob and finally, into deadly danger. Little made his reputation on the alternative comics scene as an experimentalist, but he's also a natural storyteller. It takes a rereading or two to notice just how varied and complicated his techniques are (many of them are borrowed from photography, like the "fisheye lens" he uses in a few dramatic panels, or the rounded panel borders that suggest old-fashioned snapshots). The narrative flows gorgeously through quiet domestic moments, action scenes and a hair-raising dream sequence. Stylish and graceful, Little's figures and compositions suggest a grimier urban version of Belgian comics master Herg‚'s classic Tintin books. He captures New York City's animated density and diversity with his pop-art, candy-colored palette." —Publishers Weekly

"The horizontal layout and varying frame sizes propel the action to a fever pitch. Little's use of color is strong as well, with the photo-negative images adding a layer of mystery. Even the shape of the book, like a photo album, continues the artist's theme. The city of New York is a strong character, too, with its ethnic restaurants, crowded subway cars, niche galleries, and rock clubs....With nearly implausible coincidences, a dash of slapstick humor, and a few red herrings, this is a detective romp, and the ending panel leaves readers breathlessly awaiting a sequel." —School Library Journal



AWARDS

 
WINNER - School Library Journal Adult Books for Young Adults



RELATED LINKS

 
www.randomhouse.com/doubleday/graphicnovels/



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Jason Little lives in Brooklyn with his wife, novelist Myla Goldberg. He wrote and illustrated the award-winning Jack's Luck Runs Out, as well as a number of short works for various cartoon anthologies.





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