Metronome

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED

January 2008

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A digital exclusive – not available in print!

“It’s a great testament to the power of telling a story strictly through graphics; there’s nary a word uttered between our lovers. None is needed; their actions say it all.” – Bookgasm.com

Just when you thought that nobody could create something new in the comic medium, in 2008 Metronome was published – a 64-page debut graphic novel by ‘Véronique Tanaka’; a ‘silent’, erotically-charged visual poem, an experimental non-linear story using a palette of iconic ligne claire images. Symbolism, visual puns and trompe l’oeil conspire in a visual mantra that could be described as ‘existential manga’ if it wasn’t for the fact that there is a very human and elegantly-structured tale of a doomed relationship providing a solid foundation to the cutting-edge storytelling. (Around a year after Metronome’s publication, it was revealed that Véronique Tanaka was actually comics legend Bryan Talbot, author of The Tale of One Bad Rat, Grandville, and Alice in Sunderland.)

This digital version of
Metronome can be read in three different ways. Swipe to read the pages from right to left in the ‘traditional’ way. Double-tap on a comics panel to zoom in and read in ‘Panel Mode’. Or, you can choose to read from top to bottom by swiping upwards, with the pages appearing in a continuous column of panels. At the end of the book, there is also an animation of the whole of Metronome, showing each panel a second at a time. This version also includes interviews with Véronique Tanaka and Bryan Talbot.

“A bold pushing of the formal envelope, it bills itself as a ‘visual poem’, but with its regimented film-like frames and hypnotic four-four repetition, it evokes music and stroboscopic cinema.” – The Boston Phoenix

“The rare item in the stack: the one that is truly different. Impressive achievement.” – The Comics Buyer’s Guide

“Thanks to Tanaka’s gift with facial expressions and her strong compositional sense, the characters’ exhiliration, frustration and desires resonate deeply.” –
The Washington Post

“Tanaka’s strength is definitely the tight focus that each panel has, using it almost like a television camera. By controlling exactly what the reader sees and keeping that focus fixed and narrow, it helps move the story along quickly and effortlessly.” – Read About Comics

“Offers a surprisingly engaging story that, without the hindrance of language, anyone can understand. Tanaka makes good use of rhythm, themes and cadences to set the scene and mood.” –
The Daily Yomiuri

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•Literary review magazine

“Although hardly as ambiguous as the New Wave movie classic Last Year at Marienbad, Metronome has, Tanaka has disclosed, the same literary inspiration: the existential nouveau roman of Alain Robbe-Grillet. Tanaka’s wordless work yields nothing in fascination and high concept to its cinematic forebear.”

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•Comic and graphic novel shop

“It's like the pumping of your heart: so demanding, almost threatening, yet totally compelling. It plays with your desires, your expectations, your aspirations, your delectations … Awesome.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Touching and artful the story is effective, and the way the images build in sequence is stunning.”