Waterwise by Jeff


Orff, Joel. Waterwise. Alternative Comics, 2003. ISBN 978-1-891867-82-2 $14.95


Two childhood companions reconnect in the woods on the lake where one has a family cabin. Ambitious Emily is just coming off a divorce and newly-single Jim is sketching his ex-girlfriend. Just as Emily comments on the surreal-ness of reconnecting another, the comics becomes surreal as we slip without warning into a variety of flashbacks, pivotal moments from their shared history. The thick-lined artwork is dominated by of solid black backgrounds of sky and water, making the subjects stand out. Some scenes have a woodcut or batik look them.  Short on plot but beautifully told, Waterwise is a worthy addition for most public library collections.

Review by Beth Gallaway, originally posted at http://hiplibrariansbookblog.blog-city.com


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