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Wordless Graphic Novels

October 18, 2007

*Here are two graphic novels from First Second Publications that have no dialog, but convey a whole lot of universal themes.

Dog and Robot are best friends who do everything together, until Robot breaks down at the beach and Dog must leave him behind.  As the months pass Dog goes through a string of unlikely friendships with a bunch of ducks, a couple of anteaters, a penguin, and a snowman.  While Robot is stranded he is mutilated by a pack of rabbits, and later becomes a surrogate tree for a bird.  Through it all Dog and Robot dream for their lost best friend. Robot Dreams by Sara Varon is a touching tale that chronicles the everchanging cycle of friendship. Readers of all ages will be delighted by Varon’s picture book-like style and the plotlines playful charm. (Sara Varon is also the author of the graphic novel  Sweaterweather and the children’s book Chicken and Cat.)

A.L.I.E.E.E.N (short for Alien of Lost Issues and Earthly Editions of Extraterrestrial Novelties) by Lewis Trondheim is wordless with bits of generic alien language.  In the intro Trondheim claims that he found the comic in the Catskills while picnicing, and that it is truly an extraterrestrial comic book.  Essentially, the graphic novel is a bizarre mix of interwoven stories featuring characters who look like they would appear in a wacky Japanese toy store.  I’m not exactly sure what the universal themes were in this novel, but it was apparent to me that aliens know a lot about pooping and torture.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2007 10:45 am

    …it was apparent to me that aliens know a lot about pooping and torture.


    I have to say, the thought of aliens pooping has never crossed my mind. I guess I thought they were like robots or something and never had to do it.

  2. Jolene permalink*
    October 23, 2007 11:20 am

    Yup there’s a lot of pooping in this novel! Well technically aliens are supposed to be organic beings, unless their cyborgs then that’s a whole other ball of wax.

  3. October 25, 2007 6:50 pm

    i think i may have to suscribe to your site . there are things here that i enjoy. thanks again

  4. Jolene permalink*
    October 26, 2007 1:38 pm

    Thanks for Onei! Glad to hear you like our choices. Please feel free to subscribe to our blog.

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