The Tip­ping Point

That un­ex­pected mo­ment in life where every­thing changes is cel­e­brated in this an­thol­ogy

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One minute you’re happy in the rou­tine of your day-today ex­is­tence. The next some­thing hap­pens that changes you com­pletely and un­ex­pect­edly. The Tip­ping Point chron­i­cles these mo­ments. It’s an an­thol­ogy of 13 tales, broad in scope and very var­ied in style, all el­e­gantly pre­sented by pub­lisher Hu­manoids.

Han­nako’s Fart by Taiyo Mat­sumoto is a tale that be­gins with the tit­u­lar guff and closes on the world turn­ing, hav­ing taken in life, death and base­ball. It’s a quiet, in­ti­mate tale and Mat­sumoto’s art – fo­cused al­most en­tirely on hu­man faces and ex­pres­sions – is pow­er­fully emo­tive.

The book isn’t sim­ply quiet, emo­tional vi­gnettes, how­ever. Naoki Ura­sawa’s Solo Mis­sion mashes up its fu­tur­is­tic set­ting with the mun­dan­ity of fam­ily life. It feels like an ex­tended Fu­ture Shock – com­plete with a daft, but amus­ing, st­ing in the tail. Fred­erik Peeters’ Laika, mean­while, sees the tit­u­lar space dog re­turn to Earth with vengeance in mind, and Bastien Vivès’ mono­chrome The Child is a de­li­ciously creepy hor­ror story.

Pick­ing favourites is dif­fi­cult. Paul Pope’s Con­sort To The De­stroyer is an oblique lit­tle tale, but his art, which lands some­where be­tween Hergé and Jack Kirby, is as­tound­ing.

Di­verse in tone and mood, this is a beau­ti­ful book. It’s also very ac­ces­si­ble. Some­one who’d only ever read Amer­i­can comics would get it just fine. So it’s as much a won­der­ful en­try point to the wider worlds of comics, manga and ban­des dess­inées as it is a lav­ish treat for more sea­soned read­ers.

The Tip­ping Point is di­verse in tone and mood, but it’s ac­ces­si­ble too, with some beau­ti­ful art.

Can your life re­ally change for­ever in the time it takes to re­lease trapped wind? It can in The Tip­ping Point. Ra ting

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