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Review: Blood Song

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Blood Song: A Silent Ballad
By Eric Drooker
Introduction by Joe Sacco
A Harvest Original; Harcourt

Some of us find ourselves at a loss around the holidays because we either a) reject the ugly, consumerist, commercial spectacle the winter holidays and gift shopping has become; b) have absolutely no clue what kind of present is going to have the desired effect (because that’s our real motivation for gift-giving — to “let them know we care”); or, if you’re like a lot of us, c) you’re on the thinnest gift budget possible and the “bang for the buck” factor dominates your selection criteria.

STREET SHEET recommends that you consider giving activist artist Eric Drooker’s latest graphic novel Blood Song: A Silent Ballad to the important people in your life this year.

Regular STREET SHEET readers are well aware that we’re big admirers of Drooker’s gift for capturing the pedestrian injustices of our corporatedominated society, but this important work marks his passage from merely talented… to visionary. Blood Song employs the universal language of art to convey a message we would all be wise to heed — an honest story told through a series of relationships: family, adversity, adventure, discovery, exploitation, romantic love and loss, finally leading to the relentless and inevitable next iteration of life. Eric Drooker’s living images transcend the limitations of language and experience to speak with wisdom of the cosmos, environment, the existential struggle to live, and the flesh that pinions us all.

Scratchboard and watercolor-rendered illustrations narrate a parable that anyone could share with an elder, a lover, a friend, a child; even a total stranger from the other side of our small planet. In the first fifteen pages, even the casual reader is by turns charmed, intrigued, fascinated, and finally captured. And at the end, they turn from Blood Song’s pages to see a larger, richer world that we all must share revealed.

Blood Song is not only an affordably priced gift suitable for literally any recipient, but its simply stated themes of love and justice ensure it will be reread and treasured long after the holidays.

Blood Song lists for $20.00, and is available at http://www.drooker.com, and also available for only $14.00 (at this writing) from amazon.com.


Author: Street Sheet Editor

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