Sanctuary

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  • In Nate Neal’s first full length graphic novel, the author explores the primal mysteries and sordid inner workings of a Paleolithic cave-dwelling tribe, creating an original ‘silent’ reading experience by using symbols instead of words.

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Product Description

  • Artist
    Nate Neal  
    Author
    Nate Neal  
    Binding
    trade paperback  
    Cat No.
    2181721  
    Genre
    Fantasy  
    ISBN
    9781606993880  
    Previews
    Previews August 2010  
    Publisher
    Fantagraphics Books Inc  
    Series
    Independents  
    Type
    Graphic Novels  
  • In Nate Neal’s first full length graphic novel, the author explores the primal mysteries and sordid inner workings of a Paleolithic cave-dwelling tribe, creating an original ‘silent’ reading experience by using symbols instead of words.

    When a mysterious nomad girl is offered up as an item of trade, she seeks refuge by forming a tenacious friendship with the local cave-painter turned outcast. Together they set out on a dangerous mission to bring truth to their corrupt tribe with the help of their new discovery (via some psychotropic mushrooms): drawings that tell a story. Subsequently, they become enmeshed in the violent power struggles and sensual intrigues between the alpha males and alpha females. In Sanctuary, art, inspiration, and communication is in conflict with tradition and law, and the novel dramatizes the moral imperative of man facing the truth even at the cost of his, and society’s, lives. Featuring its own delicately crafted Paleolithic language, The Sanctuary breaks new ground by bringing complex ideas to the page with primal immediacy and sophistication through Neal’s adroit use of pantomime storytelling that provide many layers of symbolism and meaning.

    This is a darkly comic journey through a prehistoric re-imagining of art and comics.

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