Topic: Comic Books - New
Continuing my new series on comics and graphic novels that I found out about at the 2009 Long Beach Comic Con...
Is the Graphic Novel by Gerimi Burleigh, "Eye of the Gods". Gerimi was very friendly to all that stopped by at his table in Artist Alley during the Con. I noticed that and so introduced myself to him and spent some time there checking out his new graphic novel.
His booth was well displayed, and his banner (shown above) was striking. Many eyes caught this banner as they strolled by in Artists Alley. This was compared to too many table that had nothing behind the creator(s) to catch a passerby's attention. When there is nothing behind the creator, and he or she is so very busy sketching and doesn't look up at potential customers, I don't see how those creators get any new business. Repeat business I could see coming back, but new biz? Unless they are a well known established artist?
Anyways, I thumbed through the graphic novel enough that I was asked if I wanted to review it in my Blog. I only spend time at table with creators or their projects that I believe are interesting enough to make a good blog post, as I have stated before.
So what is the concept of this graphic novel about? Here's what the web site that Gerimi has says about the concept:
"EYE OF THE GODS is a psychological thriller about a man who's life spirals out of control when he is cursed with the ability of remote viewing.
It combines the high-tension paranoia of ENEMY OF THE STATE with the foreboding chill of THE DEAD ZONE.
Sean Black undergoes surgery, cloning his eyes to restoring his failing vision. After the operation, he "dreams" of a murder, only to discover that it really happened…
…But the death isn't being reported as a crime. When his curiosity gets the best of him, he uncovers a conspiracy and sets off a chain of events that unravel his life."
Here are the credits for this first issue:
By: Gerimi Burleigh (creator / writer / artist/ etc.)
Okay, with all of that out of the way, what did I think about this graphic novel? Well first, let me say this. For such a nice guy at the LBCC that I met, he had a lot of emotion and story pent up within him to tell! And tell it he did in this graphic novel!
Yeah, the interior pages may be black and white, but the action, scenery, and characters portrayed were colorful! I didn't read this all at one sitting, so I was appreciative that the graphic novel was separated into chapters.
Chapters I may add, that were easily picked back up on when I came back!
Since Gerimi created, wrote and drew the graphic novel, I'll make mention of his different responsibilities and whether he accomplished them or not in my opinion here...
The storyline was very suspenseful, and kept building. The dialogue was not over the top, and seemed plausible for each character to speak. There are a few curse words, but were not used for shock purposes.
The penciling was well done, and I immediately liked his style. The use of grays and blacks in the story were well done.
The lettering was where he wanted the balloons placed as an artist. So the lettering never interferred with the art.
This graphic novel kept me interested, and was a good read. If you are into this type of genre, this is definitely a graphic novel that will be one that you will want to read.
You can keep up with what's going on with Gerimi and also to order this graphic novel by going to his web site at:
My thanks again to Gerimi who brought his graphic novel to my attention at the recent Long Beach Comic Con!
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