The Ticking by Renee French

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The Ticking is the story of Edison Steelhead, a boy who at birth takes his mother's life and his father's deformed face. Secreted away by his father to be raised in a remote island lighthouse, Edison relates to his surroundings in the only way he knows how--by capturing them in his sketchbook. Able to find beauty in even the most grotesque of things, Edison embraces his own unsettling appearance and sets out to confront the rest of the world. Waiting for him on its alien shores are the sights and experiences that will give shape to both his future and his past. Written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Renee French, The Ticking is a compelling work of graphic literature, a reminder that before we can appreciate the beauty around us, we must first find it within ourselves. A gorgeous 216-page hardcover graphic novel, designed by Jordan Crane.

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Published April 25, 2006 by Top Shelf Productions. 216 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels. Fiction

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This often entertaining first novel falls victim to the very insularity it depicts: the inner workings of a university political- science department.

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French's work always splits the difference between cuteness and revulsion, and her new graphic novel is both the sweetest and the most stomach-churning thing she's ever drawn. Budding artis

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Edison heads off to seek his fortune in the city, his father continues to try to get him to hide or change his face, and the book's point becomes less and less its plot and more French's astonishing artwork—just a small, wobbly-bordered panel or two on each page, rendered in feather-soft pencil t...

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In “The Ticking” Renee French tells the story of Edison Steelhead.

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( Author rating: 8/10 Rate this comic book Average reader rating: 7/10

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It’s softer around the edges than her early work, rendered as though it had been drawn nearly exclusively with the side of her pencil than the vigorously cross-hatched and darkly inked earlier works like Grit Bath, or the stippled brilliance of her collaboration with Penn Gillette, Rheumy Peepers...

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