[E-Book] Å Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers | BY ↠ John Harris Dunning Nikhil Singh #2020


  • Title: Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers
  • Author: John Harris Dunning Nikhil Singh
  • ISBN: 9780763647353
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers By John Harris Dunning Nikhil Singh Wonderfully imaginative and stylish A perfect example of the adventurous new directions that comic books should be taking in the future Alan Moore, author of WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA A mundane life takes a strange and magical turn in this rich gothic fantasy told with vivid black and white art a graphic novel perfect for a Halloween night As he twists the Wonderfully imaginative and stylish A perfect example of the adventurous new directions that comic books should be taking in the future Alan Moore, author of WATCHMEN and V FOR VENDETTA A mundane life takes a strange and magical turn in this rich gothic fantasy told with vivid black and white art a graphic novel perfect for a Halloween night As he twists the key and slowly creeps into the grand mansion left to him in his father s will, Salem Brownstone has an eerie feeling that his world is about to change First there s the appearance of a beguiling contortionist from Dr Kinoshita s Circus of Unearthly Delights then a crystal ball then an attack by the sinister Shadow Boys It seems the father that Salem never knew was actually a powerful magician, and the son has inherited his dark legacy and an unfinished battle for life or death With intriguing echoes of Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, H P Lovecraft, and Aubrey Beardsley, this album format, beautifully cloth bound graphic novel forges a mesmerizing style all its own.
    John Harris Dunning Nikhil Singh
    As an artistBorn in South Africa in 1974, John Dunning has lived in London for the last decade He has written for The Guardian and Metro newspapers, and has contributed to magazines like Esquire, Arena, iD and Dazed Confused, to name a few He also acted as film editor at Sleazenation magazine Writing comics is Dunning s main passion His work appeared at London s Institute of Contemporary Arts as a part of the Comica Festival in 2003, and he has published the ongoing series Salem Brownstone with artist Nikhil Singh in award winning UK anthology Sturgeon White Moss alongside work by Charles Burns, Daniel Johnston and Jason 2005 saw Dunning collaborating with artist Sacha Mardou on Lolajean Riddle Extracts of Salem Brownstone were included in the book Pictures and Words that also featured work by Marjane Satrapi, Joe Sacco, David Shrigley, Jason and Jim Woodring Dunning is currently working on comic projects and completing his novel Tales of Hushlawn Creek.

    Salem Brownstone: All Along the Watchtowers By John Harris Dunning Nikhil Singh

    Commentaires:

    Forrest
    If it was possible to divorce the art of this graphic novel from its underlying story, I would be writing a five star review Nikhil Singh s artwork is stunning the sort of thing that would be seen by Aubrey Beardsley and Franz Kafka if the two were to share an acid blotter It truly is gorgeous and intricate work in the grim vein of Edward Gorey, but with greater detail and an expressionistic streak that contorts I use the word deliberately the art noveau baseline.The story, however, is hackneyed [...]

    Morgannah
    3.75 StarsMy first Victorian Noir graphic novel As in most noir stories our protagonist, Salem Brownstone is not a detective, but instead he is a victim of unusual circumstance These circumstances produce a world of trouble for Salem and those connected to him I picked this book up because it caught my eye on the shelf It was creepy and pretty so I couldn t resist it It has a lavish purple and black fabric cover so not only was it pretty to look at it felt good to hold, I petted it even Inside t [...]

    Jessica
    Lovely creepy art I like that Salem isn t entirely an Average Joe who bests the SFC counterparts Would like to know about Cookie.

    Sam
    I ll admit I bought this book solely for its cover, which is stunning, but having read it I am thoroughly pleased that I did so While there are bits of the story that I didn t get or didn t seem to fit, the way the characters interacted, the gripping nature of the tale and the utterly stunning illustrations made this irrelevant It s tone reminds me greatly of the Lemony Snicket books with all those little oddities in character, place and story that I just find completely enchanting and irresisti [...]

    Mary Mackie
    An odd but somewhat captivating read Intricate and odd artwork.

    Sue Smith
    This was one of the quirkiest graphic novels ever but it somehow worked for me The black and white format was perfect for it and the illustrations were as well As a matter of fact, the illustrations are what made it for me The story was a wee bit weak, so they really should give equal footing to the illustrator here.What I loved about the illustrating was how it felt like they pulsed they were twisted somehow or distorted and it was great It really sets it off and gives it the noir feeling Espec [...]

    Jean-Paul Bass
    Surprised doesn t really describe how I felt when Salem Brownstone arrived in the mail Shocked and awed may be apt The book is HUGE, and I don t mean page length It s a really big book At 12 9 inches, it pretty much dwarfs everything else on my shelves.The cover is actually fabric with labels affixed to the front and back listing the title and so forth And the artwork inside is equally as impressive as the cover It reminds me of Edward Gorey, and since the story is a gothic fantasy, it s an apt [...]

    Steph Bowe
    Salem Brownstone is a brilliantly bizarre graphic novel filled with strange, crazy characters and creatures, alternate universes I think , and lots of dark curiosities The illustrations are magnificent scary and funny and offtap and though it s not the sort of thing which you d read for the story which I lost track of at times, and tends to be secondary to the crazy world building and illustrations it is certainly a lovely book to spend an hour or two with though I kept revisiting my favourite p [...]

    Shannon
    Shannon MirandaGraphic Novel GenreThis is the story of a young man named Salem Brownstone who receives a telegram from a mysterious woman named Lola Q telling Salem that his father Jedediah has passed away and he must come to the father s mansion that evening at 9 00 p.m Salem has last seen his father when he was six and has been estranged ever since Salem has inherited the home and all its contents When he arrives at his father s home he meets a girl named Cassandra who is a contortionist who w [...]

    Kate
    Salem Brownstone, having just discovered that his father has passed away, arrives at his father s mansion as its new owner, only to find that many mysteries await him, including a contortionist in one of the rooms, Shadow Boys, a circus in the backyard, and a strange sphere that has magic to keep evil away.The artwork was awesome, although so intricate at times it was hard to discern what actions were taking place It s all very trippy and weird and reveling in its weirdness that does not seem to [...]

    Mel
    This was a very pretty gothic comic A gorgeous black and purple hardcover with monsters and odd women The story itself wasn t too original a young man with an estranged father found he d inherited a haunted house, a circus was camped outside and there were evil creatures from another dimension trying to get across But I really liked Singh s art It was a little like Gorey but so detailed and twisted Reading the comic was halfway between a Gorey book and a Michael Ende novel It was a lovely and di [...]

    Miriam
    The blurb lists this book s influences as intriguing echoes of Tim Burton, Edward Gorey, H P Lovecraft, and Aubrey Beardsley, to which I d add Neil Gaiman and Darren Shan Unfortunately it doesn t come close to being as good as any of them at their best, or even mediocre est It was some what interesting, but undeveloped, and felt like an art student still working out his own style And the writing was extremely cliched and forgettable.

    Edmund Davis-Quinn
    Very cool little story Artwork was exceptional I feel like this book just starts on a trip to a bizarre, dark and wonderful world Reminds me a lot of the HBO series Carnivale Look forward to work from these authors.

    Janie
    Very cool The art is fantastic, though the story and the character development is lacking.

    Dennis
    this is a strong 4 and a half stars reluctant to rave too much immediately after reading, but it s very good highly recommended whether you like graphic fiction or not.

    Mark
    Picture the scene a looming Gothic mansion, inherited by Salem on the death of his mysterious father an interior mosaic of the curious and absurd, complete with taxidermy specimens, armour and a tribal mask an alluring contortionist from the nearby circus poring over a book of rune marks and a thicket of grasping shadows with an agenda of their own Hunted by the shadow creatures, Salem soon finds himself amid the protection of the circus folk, custodian of a glittering scrying ball although its [...]

    Frank Deschain
    Not a bad read at all A little bit cryptic, but it has moments of nightmare fuel A fly possessing a carnie who wants to be a performer, a man whose head is a melting candle and kinda looks like a Cenobite it s a cool gothic fable with a 90s zine vibe I read it mainly because Alan Moore said so.

    Holly
    Artwork in this book is so stunning There were so many details in each scene a lot of which I m sure got lost on me Only downside was it was too short I wanted to see of the background characters.

    AE
    Art and concept are highly unique and exceptional Loved the storytelling but the story felt incomplete.

    Nicola Mansfield
    Reason for Reading I was immediately taken with the publisher s eerie plot summary.This is a beautiful book Oversized like a large picture book with decorated cloth covered boards, it feels like a treasure in your hands Upon opening the book, the story grips you right away as if something by Poe Then turn the page where the artwork starts and immediately Gory comes to mind and the further one gets into the story with the mixture of art and text their is a very strong Tim Burton vibe going and I [...]

    Lateef Amodu
    The story contains themes of the occult, spiritualism and divination Overall, I thought the story was weird and mysterious, which made for an intriguing to read Going through the panels, I found myself looking back at the previous ones, making sure I got a grasp on what was going on in the scene Though I found the artwork quite unique and stylish, I think it does require close examination to discern what is happening Personally, this wasn t a bad thing, in a way it gives the graphic novel some d [...]

    Arminzerella
    When Salem Brownstone s father passes away, his estate passes to his son, who has not seen his father since he was 6 years old After briefly exploring the mansion, Salem discovers Cassandra Contortionist a performer in Dr Kinoshita s Circus fingering what she says is her scrying ball Before they can get to know one another any better, they are attacked by the Shadow Boys, horrible visions from another realm that seek to reclaim the scrying ball Salem is injured as they attempt to flee and awakes [...]

    Jessica
    I actually liked it though it reminded me of images I have seen from XXXHolic Characters are long limed and hair flows unnaturally around the characters face most of the time It is very surreal and all the images seem to move around you, not really any place with straight lines Things are really dark, not many panels have been left with white parts It gives the characters a very hunting feeling The only real place there is light is in the astral plain where they seem to show of the light surrou [...]

    Traci Haley
    The first thing you notice about Salem Brownstone is how exquisitely beautiful it is The art, done in pen and ink, is astounding in its detail Each picture is littered with fine lines and swirls and patterns repeated kind of made my fingers itch to get my colored pencils and use this comic like a coloring book alas, this one belongs to my library, so I can t From the way Cass the Contortionist s cigarette smoke curls around the pages, as limber as her limbs, to the horrifying eyes of the enemy, [...]

    Matthew
    This is a book that s impossible to talk about without talking about the artwork Singh s style mixes Edward Gorey Charles Adams with heavy doses of Gustav Klimt, making it creepy, eerie but beautifully strange to just look at Whether is was Singh or Dunning, they also make some interesting choices in what images to focus on they seem particurlarly fascinated with mouths and other extreme closeups, making the rhythm and pacing very different from most comics The story I m unclear on I felt like I [...]

    Kimi
    I m not going to lie my rating of this book is totally biased because I love the art style and the atmosphere so much I love the macabre and anything dark and creepy is sure to make me happy The Iove the detail in the art, how it looks so colorful, even if it s just in black and white It was weird and grotesque and I loved it.The plot left a little to be desired I could follow it okay, but I didn t really have a clue why any of it was happening Most of my questions were left unanswered and I rea [...]

    Gally
    Salem Brownstone All Along the Watchtowers Review by Gally Lines 4.5 5 stars LestISmiteThee.wordpressWow, what a lucky find A fantastic blend of heavily detailed yet beautifully flowing art, mysterious characters and cool circus freaks Cassandra Contortionist ftw , and a dark story reminiscent of Tim Burton I can usually make out each panel s details in a comic at a glance, but this made me actively seek all the delicious little details scratching and swirling in every minute space, so the giant [...]

    Nicola Fantom
    This is a strange mix of horror, carni folk, evil, magic, inheritance, past and present, the underworld, fantasy etc.I found the storyline and plot for a childrens audience, yet the drawings a d artwork quite grotesque and unsavoury.If you like Gothic macabre horror I think you will enjoy this, its a quick read, quite enjoyable.I just wish there was to the plot and storyline, drawings could av been smaller to account for this as too much detail in drawings not enough dialogue or plot.You dont g [...]

    Sierra
    I gave this book four stars based mainly on the artwork It was fantastic The storyline while being interesting was sub par to the art in the end it is anticlimactic The story follows a man named Salem who just inherited his father s estate and responsibilities to protect an orb If the orb falls in the wrong hands the world would be doomed, being destroyed by mysterious spiritual beings This is of course not all to the book The concept is great, the characters are fascinating and diverse, and the [...]

    Jaimie
    It s really too bad that this graphic novel is the only iteration of the Salem Brownstone series The author clearly has a group of oddly intriguing characters he can t go wrong with a crew of magic using circus performers, and Salem Brownstone s haphazard personality is nothing less than charming , and hte artist has some mad talent The dilemma of Salem s inherited responsibilities as a guardian of one of the Watchtowers is definitely exciting, but what really drew me in was the artwork Singh s [...]

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