Set to Sea

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October 2014

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Set to Sea is a book to read and contemplate on, a book to look at and think about, a book to read slowly and then to read again. It’s a lovely graphic novel from a creator I hope to see a lot more from as the years go on.” – Andrew Wheeler

The central character of
Set to Sea is a big lug and an aspiring poet who runs up tabs at the local bars by day and haunts the docks by night, writing paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard a clipper bound for Hong Kong, he finds the sailor’s life a bit rougher than his romantic nautical fantasies, but he learns to live – and love – a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writing poetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonious funerals, foreign ports, and unexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he’s found satisfaction in living a life of adventure and finding a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for?

Set to Sea is part rollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is a single panel, every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a part of a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.

• Recipient of the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize Honor Award

• An ALA 2011 Top 10 Great Graphic Novel for Teens

• One of
Booklist’s Top 10 Youth Graphic Novels for 2010

• Ranked #5 on
New York Magazine’s Top Ten Comics of 2010

• Named one of “The Most Memorable Comics & Graphic Novels of 2010” by NPR’s Glen Weldon

• Named to other “Best of 2010” lists including Comic Book Resources, Robot 6, The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log, Rob Clough’s Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low, Four Colours and the Truth, and Robot 6’s creators’ survey

• Selected by Robot 6 as one of the 50 Best Covers of 2010

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Comics Beat

•Comics website and blog

“Drew Weing is a cartoonist in the illustrative school, with a detailed line, and a drift towards whimsical fantasy.”

Publishers Weekly

•Publishing trade magazine

“Weing’s mastery of both small details (the hero’s waxing and waning love affair with language) and sweeping vistas (from the glaciers to a steaming port city) gives it richness and emotion.”

The Comics Journal

•American comics magazine

“With each page acting as a single panel, the true joy of reading Set To Sea is luxuriating in Weing’s intense crosshatching and detail.”