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You may recall my Heartstorming articles about  graphic novels or Zak Smith’s fully illustrated version of Gravity’s Rainbow.

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Britten & Brülightly

Painting each page of a graphic-novel noir

Hannah Berry’s debut graphic novel, Britten & Brülightly is enough

to turn any residual comic-phobes into aficionados of the medium.

It’s existentialist noir. The story of world-weary private investigator Fernández Britten

and his unconventional partner Brülightly

has the philosophical wit of Bill Watterson and the whodunit chops of Raymond Chandler.

Berry strikes a pitch-perfect tone. When Britten is hired by Charlotte Moughton, the beautiful fiancée of an apparent suicide victim

, the detective is thrust into a comically sinister world of murder and revenge.

Set in a perpetually rain-soaked quasi-London, the dark and often grotesque characters are stylized to fit the story’s coy-yet-macabre tone.

The artwork was painstakingly painted. Berry, a graduate of Brighton University’s illustration program,

spent more than two years hand-painting each panel of the story.

Read a recent interview with Berry, check out The Oregonian’s review with sample illustrations, and buy the book.

– Chelsea Bauch

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