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In Waves

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In Waves by AJ Dungo
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Jun 04, 2019 | ISBN 9781910620632
  • Paperback $18.95

    Jun 04, 2019 | ISBN 9781910620632 | Young Adult

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“I love this book deeply. AJ writes and draws like a surfer, with such fluidity, grace, and breathability, managing to flow with the most profound love and loss, without it dragging us under. He surrenders to the infinite power and mystery of the ocean to heal the void within . . . this book is a clean line that glides, rolls, and truly moves you. Currently my favorite graphic novel in the universe.”
—Craig Thompson, Eisner award winning author of the bestselling Blankets

“Nature is massive: Human forms are diminutive when measured against Dungo’s spare representations of starry skylines, butterflies, mountain ranges and, primarily, the ocean, a striking and dense blue against the panels’ abundant white space. […] On two-page spreads that recall Raymond Pettibon’s mesmerizing large-scale paintings of Hermosa Beach’s wave riders, Dungo is engulfed by marble seawater, its dark swirls more closely resembling snaking wood grain than they do any ocean.”
—Dominic Umile, The Los Angeles Times

“While ‘In Waves’ packs an emotional punch, Dungo avoids sentimentality and is careful not to miscast the ocean as some soppy metaphor for salvation. The book seems to argue that life and death are what they are, and riding waves is no shortcut to health or happiness—it can, however, provide momentary escape, a temporary shelter, a kind of peace. As Dungo states, loss often leaves us alone ‘with only water to comfort.'”
—Steve van Rees, Surfer magazine

“Dungo tells these stories with a sure hand, weaving time lines and seemingly disparate elements into a rich, cohesive tale. The simply drawn illustrations are elegant and economical but deeply powerful . . . A beautiful tribute to first love and living life to its absolute fullest.”
Booklist

“Part memoir and part history book, A.J. Dungo brings both together in a tender examination of grief and healing for his debut graphic novel In Waves, finding the connections between the two focuses of his interest and emotion and uncovering how all these part can work to keep him going.”
The Beat

“Always interesting when something is at once terribly sad and gorgeously life-affirming. A.J. Dungo’s In Waves is exactly that. […] It’s heartfelt and it’s heartbreaking. And it’s so beautiful.”
—Jamie Brisick, author of Becoming Westerly

“The muted color scheme alternates aquamarine with seashell peach. Through sweeping two-page spreads showing the texture of waves in decorative, woodlike patterns and through quiet interludes following Kristen’s ultimately tragic story, Dungo presents an evocative tone poem that celebrates the spirit of a young woman who clings to experience as tenaciously as a surfer riding high.”
Publishers Weekly

“Dungo delineates his characters — their faces often turned away from the reader like Downwind from the Smilin’ Jack comic strip — dwarfed by swirling, striped waves, austere urban landscapes and sometimes even just inky blackness, efficiently conveying the sense of helplessness and sorrow that comes when confronted with terminal illness. I also like the way Dungo draws his figures, loose and slightly rubbery, with a minimal amount of facial details, as though they might melt if they got too close to a heated surface.”
—Chris Mautner, The Comics Journal

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