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Frontier #18 (Tiffany Ford)
posted May 2, 2019
 

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Creator: Tiffany Ford, Ryan Sands
Publishing Information: Youth In Decline, Comic Book, 32 pages, December 2018, $7.95.
Ordering Numbers: Order here.

I liked this overdue issue from the 2018 Frontier season quite a bit more than I expected. I'm not sure how to rattle off this books specific virtues without sending like a dick. This is a travel diary and a short interview by the animator Tiffany Ford, with private journal-type drawings that were done while she and her husband traveled in Japan. It is not bravura work. In fact, it's quite humble. The charm is stumbling onto an instance of secret language artist to audience that isn't trying to impress, that is simply engaged with the art involved as a way to communicate the core elements of this particular vacation.

Ryan Sands' interview at the end of the book is up to his usual quality, drawing out of its subject matter a few number of insights just as the revisiting pattern that animators get into with work that they have to review well after it is initially created. The journal entries themselves need to be examined a bit to reveal their virtues: a kind of attention to bodies in proximity as a primary signifier: a young couple finding a space for themselves to simply be. I found it heartening, and it made me want to draw.

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