Richard Jones' Log: Shaun Tan's "The Arrival"
It's quite an amazing work that took Shaun four years to develop. It tells a story of migration in just over 120 pages of pencilled artwork. It's a "silent" graphic novel - there's no words. The images are incredibly evocative - very early on when the man is leaving his home there's a heart-breaking scene of him leaving his family. In particular, the image of the daughter looking up from her breakfast bowl to see the his packed suitcase has really stuck with me. It helps that Shaun has nailed the graphic novel format completely - his use of multiple panels is some of the best I've seen.
Shaun's website has sample images from the book, but as was said last night, you can't just flip through the book to random pages. Sure the artwork is gorgeous, but you'd completely miss the extra impact from the story itself.