Here’s a look at the book, NEW SCHOOL — for fans of graphic novels, the shock of the new.
Dash Shaw displays a way to use color as emotional subtext liberated from the lines on the page. And by placing the emphasis on storytelling, the drawings have become calligraphic and efficient (why waste time when you can use a Sharpie and Tombow brush pens!). The pages are drawn large, and then reduced and redrawn with the pens to create a line that “doesn’t know what it’s describing”, or we could say, pure line. The pictures are graphic and bold, telegraphing the story with the increased pace of production.
The text takes it’s cues from the early era of boy’s adventure books, exclamatory sentences that have more in common with printed broadsides than literary device. But this is not recommended for young children. NEW SCHOOL contains what the title implies — innovation comparable to the expressive discoveries within underground comix of the late 60s.