non-linear storytelling - Haida Manga as a novel art/narrative form - coming from outside of Haida traditions, I found that the story didn't follow conventional Western narrative. Much of it was confusing for me, but it is evident that there is greater depth here than meets the eye.
I found it awkward to follow - probably because I've never read manga before. The imagery is diverse and dynamic, and the plot itself awkward to follow because I couldn't tell the characters easily. The end of the book was the surprise: it shows all of the panels laid out with a design laid out over top of the whole; all the odd black curved slashes through each panel (which divided each panel) was really part of a larger design.
This did not meet my expectations. It was uninteresting and troublesome to read.
Totally awesome book. My first Haida Manga, but definitely not my last. It seems West Coast Oral Traditions are a great match for this style of creative outlet. It was a pleasant surprise to see how well the two art forms integrated.
kallithdragonna thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over
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