Kielland, Peter – Fish
This is one of the most wildly inventive books that I’ve seen in quite a while. It’s an older book, apparently put out in 1995 or so, and it’s a silent book from Denmark. There’s a walking fish who is worshipped by a bunch of ape-men, until he freaks out about it and goes underground to hibernate, until modern day noise wakes him up. I wouldn’t have been able to explain that so clearly if it wasn’t for the synopsis at the back of the book. One of the few times that’s come in really handy, honestly. From there the fish deals with drunks, television, constant violence, aliens, a pyromaniac, pooping, and high heels, among many other things. Honestly, this book is so packed with images that I feel like I have to read it a few more times to get everything that was going on. The important thing is that the art was gorgeous and, like I said, there’s so much going on here that it takes quite a while to get through this book, which isn’t something that you can always say about the silent books. I don’t want to give anything else away, but it’s well worth a look. Really, I mean it! I know I say that all the time, but this won “Best Graphic Novel of the Year” in Denmark (not that I have much of an idea of the competition), and it’s a great book! Here’s a possible website, although I’m not sure, but just click on the title to get to the book on Amazon for $8.10.