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Friday, August 04, 2006

99 Ways

Man gets up from desk, goes downstairs, his girlfriend asks what time it is, he opens the fridge only to realise he's forgotten what he was looking for.

That's the subject of Matt Madden's new graphic novel. Unexciting, you may think -- but wait. Madden tells the same story in 99 different ways, taking his cue from Raymond Queneau's 1947 book Exercices de style. The New Statesman calls it "a fascinating and funny exposé of the techniques of visual storytelling."

One's previous experience with graphic novels has been limited to Maus, Persepolis and Embroideries. But this one certainly seems worth a look.


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