As a large body of college-aged youth, most of us are art-seekers in some form or another, always on the lookout for something that hooks us. The Student Review’s Pop Pick of the Week is a weekly forum where a member of our staff gives us the inside scoop on a piece of art—whether it be a book, movie, TV show, exhibit, etc.—that hooked him/her enough to share it with the rest of us…
Flight edited by Kazu Kabuishi
February 2010 was, to say the least, a bad time for me. I returned early from my mission to Japan a little broken inside and, with nothing to do before school started back up, I found myself wandering the halls of my town’s local library most days, picking up books at random, reading in a slow, melancholic daze. It was in such a place that I discovered my love for the comics anthology Flight.
Flight gripped me because it presented fantastical stories with a rare mix of heart and candor. Kazu Kabuishi (the book’s editor), selected a wide swath of themes and styles from the neurotic misadventures of anthropomorphic trees, to the tragedies of two brother’s fighting on opposite sides of the same war, to the bittersweet recollections of a dying old man. The stories’ ideas are as varied as their authors, but, in all cases, they possess vitality and warmth, even when treading into dark subject matter.
As its name would imply, Flight presents imagination at its most whimsical. Every page gives us a glimpse of a world only afforded to us grown-ups in our yet-unshackled dreams. It’s a reminder of the wonder of childhood, when the world seemed full of impossibilities, lurking behind every corner and every turned page of a book.
I needed such a reminder that February, several years ago. But I suspect we all need such reminders, not in spite of our maturity, but, perhaps, because of it. Flight doesn’t tell us to be kids again, but it shows us how to look at things with fresher, and perhaps wiser, eyes. If that’s not Art, I don’t know what is.
Flight is an ongoing comics anthology edited by Kazu Kabuishi.