GRAPHIC NOVELS

I Moved to Los Angeles To Work in Animation

Boom! Box. Jan. 2019. 96p. ISBN 9781684152919. pap. $9.99. MEMOIR
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OrangeReviewStarAfter seeing her friends in the Portland, OR, comics scene make the leap to animation in the City of Angels, Nourigat (Between Gears) decides to take the plunge herself. This part how-to, part memoir shows the artist embarking on the journey of finding a job, a home, and her peace of mind in a new city and career. Although the content is aimed at a specific occupation and locale, the overall message of pursuing one's dreams and thinking outside the box in terms of career choices serves as a helpful nudge for all kinds of readers. The opinions of other illustrators on the topic offer a variety of viewpoints that curious audiences will find stimulating. Charming and well-developed pastel-colored illustrations feature on pages that range from traditional multipaneled layouts to full-page scenes and every variation in between.
VERDICT Thoughtful and beautifully done, this is a great introduction for anyone seeking a job in animation, or looking for encouragement to try something new.

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