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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (Oct. 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906838429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906838423
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #142,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Glyn Dillon’s comics illustrations have appeared in several works from Vertigo, including The Sandman. He has also worked as an artist, animator, and designer in film and television. He lives in London, England.

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Format: Hardcover
I picked this one up, first and foremost, for the art. Every page has watercolor put to beautiful use and the art style is flows in a loose and striking manor. Enough cannot be said about the style and I appreciate that it's in no way generic or manga-esc. Another refreshing aspect of the book is the unique story that never slumps due to the well placed (and bizarre) side story that is divided throughout into parts. The only thing I didn't care for were aspects of the ending, but they don't take away from the overall experience. I would recommend to anyone who was even slightly interested. It's quality work!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cc3a57c) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d1e1fc0) out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated glimpse into a frantic mind Oct. 15 2012
By Eagles Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First of all: gorgeous artwork. If you're the type of graphic novel reader who appreciates a more sketchy style over precisely inked linework, you'll love the art and the watercolor washes used to color the story.

Glyn Dillon's story of a young woman's trials with OCD and discovering a life she is comfortable with is impressive. What makes it so impressive, and what I wished he'd done more throughout the book, is how certain points aren't spoon-fed to the reader. Anybody who purchases this book already knows the main character, Nao, has OCD. It's how she struggles to manage it in her life and what can trigger her irrational thoughts that draw us in.

And the silences between the conversations of the characters and how they're illustrated say more than any dialogue could possibly say, especially those between Nao and her friend/employer, Steve.

While I wish the ending hadn't been so sentimental and "all wrapped up," I've got to give credit to Dillon for making an adult graphic novel that reads like one. You'll remember this story after you're done reading it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1235030) out of 5 stars Read It Nao Feb. 6 2013
By blueotter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon features beautiful artwork, and would be worth taking a look at for that reason alone. But it has an unusual, engaging story that had me going back through the book when I was done.

Nao Brown is half-Japanese, very cute, and an artist. She works in a shop selling Japanese toys and such. She's obsessed with Japanese Ichi comic book characters, and becomes interested in a bearded, heavyset washing-machine repairman who looks like one of them. Her problem: she is plagued by an obsessive compulsive disorder that unexpectedly will overwhelm her with thoughts of injuring and killing other people. The images and thoughts can be simply awful, like stabbing a pregnant woman in the belly. Her struggles to cope with this disorder and conceal it are riveting. Also fascinating is her use of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist artwork to help her learn to not be overwhelmed.

There is a good bit of humor and gentle wisdom in the book as well. The teachers and students at the Buddhist center, for example, can be overly sincere and unaware of their absurdity, for all their compassionate intentions.

Interspersed is the story of a half-man, half-tree Ichi character who joins the Japanese army. The graphic images are weird, ornate and contrasting in style to the realism of the rest of the book. But they also have a quiet serenity to them which understandably appeals to Nao, and the reader.

In Nao's story we learn about her toy store boss, her roommate, her family, and more about the repairman. He turns out to have a wisdom, and a secret, of his own. There is a short text piece toward the end from his diary that provides a different angle to the story. If you are looking for something different in your reading, this certainly provides it. It also provides a rare and thoughtful Buddhist perspective on its events.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa123530c) out of 5 stars Very Introspective!! March 7 2013
By Joe Diano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A brilliant use of the graphic novel medium. Beautifully illustrated and painted, the character of Nao and her relationships with others was easily understood. I enjoyed it depth and understanding of mental illness and the real day feelings invoked by Nao. My only problem which quickly resolved after reading it to completion was the intervening story between the chapters. I didnt quite understand its implicatons till the end and so was annoyed at having to stop and read it when all i wanted to do was read more about Nao and her life. Apart from that its a fascinating read and I would recommend it.
HASH(0xa1235204) out of 5 stars One of the best graphic novels of 2012 Dec 28 2012
By Jeppe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
From the complexity and utterly charming personality of the titular character to the beautiful illustrations and colorful writing making up the story-within-a-story, this is a work that is bold, skillfully crafter, and has broad appeal. It deftly showcases the great skill of its creator, and is without a doubt a piece of visual storytelling that fully deserves the attention of a wider reading audience interested in literary fiction of any kind. Between this and other releases in the last year, UK publisher SelfMadeHero has thoroughly established itself as an important voice on the international comics scene.
By Evan Tick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A superb, truly exceptional book for both the poignant story and the beautiful art. Artistically Dillon is on par with Frederic Boilet - they both use photorealistic style. But Dillon goes beyond realism by splicing fantastic dream sequences and an allegorical sci-fi fable within this modern romance. I concede the points of reviewers who felt that a) Nao was a bit artificially constructed to be a too lovable hentai, b) with only mild OCD, avoiding an uglier, more painful portrait, and c) a somewhat sudden, perhaps unsatisfying, ending. However, I found that any such plot weaknesses were more than made up for by the incredible drawing, overall depth, feeling and interwoven themes (mystical Buddhism, Japanese anime, and more) running throughout the story.

Evan Tick CITI

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