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05/15/2006 Archived Entry: "Graphic non-fiction review: TSUNAMI! True Travel Tales of South East Asia"

TSUNAMI! True Travel Tales of South East Asia
by Justin Hall
All Thumbs Press

Review by Tom Good

"There was nothing except the running . . . and the screaming, which at first I didn't even realize was coming from my own mouth. We raced the wave to the high ground, pulling along with us a fat, asthmatic tourist with her face clenched in terror."

Like Baraka And Black Magic In Morocco, this is a travel comic. All of the stories in it happened to the author except for the title story about the tsunami in Thailand, which was told to him by Louisa Hirst. About six pages of prose and fourteen pages of comics make this a fairly thin volume, but Hall includes observations about everything from Buddhism to motorcycles to water-buffalo-milk yoghurt, so the $3 price seems very reasonable.

As with Baraka, I liked the comic format for these stories because it made them seem more personal than a photo essay. There are also four other comics in the True Travel Tales series, and they all have sample pages available on the All Thumbs Press web site. TSUNAMI! was short but fun, and made me want to sample more of Hall's work.

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I wrote about "True Travel Tales" 1-3 for Sequential Tart in 2004, here http://www.sequentialtart.com/archive/may04/art_0504_5.shtml. I loved 'em.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 05/15/2006 09:55 PM PST

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