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Curveball is a science fiction graphic novel telling the story of a waiter named Avery coping with the ending of a difficult relationship. Having spent years attempting to build something substantial with an indecisive sailor named Christophe, Avery stubbornly holds on despite the mounting evidence against him. The idea of the relationship has eclipsed it's reality and inCurveball is a science fiction graphic novel telling the story of a waiter named Avery coping with the ending of a difficult relationship. Having spent years attempting to build something substantial with an indecisive sailor named Christophe, Avery stubbornly holds on despite the mounting evidence against him. The idea of the relationship has eclipsed it's reality and in Avery's already troubled life, the allure of something dependable is a powerful force.Curveball focuses on the duality of hope and delusion. How ignorance is integral to surviving our day to day lives but can be incredibly destructive if allowed to blossom into 'optimism'.This is the gorgeous debut of a talented young cartoonist telling the most universal of tales: a love story.Jeremy Sorese was born in Berlin, raised in Virginia, and educated in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design before becoming a resident of La Maison des Auteurs in Angouleme, France. He is the creator and current writer of the Steven Universe comic series, published monthly by BOOM studios. He lives in Brooklyn, New York....

Title : Curveball
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ISBN : 9781910620052
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 420 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Curveball Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2019-05-16 13:18

    A hugely ambitious queer sci fi graphic novel that is black and white and specked with bright neon orange throughout and bordered with that same orange, very bright orange, the brightest orange you ever saw on/in a book. I mention that because the orange is one of the first impressions you get of the book. It fits with the overall boldness, and it is also huge, 420 pages. Notable aspects: very cartoony characters, strong lines, yet a kind of sketchy, loose feel, wildly varied page set-ups, panel arrangements. The book jacket calls it both stunning and sprawling. Sprawling seems exactly right, but it's a bit more overwhelming than stunning for me. Then it is sci fi, too.... but not so much Asimov robotty as Bradbury humane and vulnerable and human. Why sci fi? Oh, I guess because we need to get out of realism to capture the emotionality of it all. It is out there, for sure, original.Curveball is a rollercoaster love story about Avery, a waiter on a cruise ship, and Christophe, a sailor, from Avery's perspective. Also it is goofily humorous, silly, disconcerting, uneven. The narrative is confusing at times, not usefully so. Maybe it matches the fact that many of the characters are gender fluid? It is not boring, that's for sure, because of all these elements and threads, but I did not always engage with it, truly. Maybe if I read it again or read some more insightful reviews than this here ramble I will like it more than the 3.5 rating I am thinking right now.

  • Nate D
    2019-05-13 07:54

    For a story so intricately elaborated through a digitized energy-cycling future metropolis, it's really very human. Doubly so via Sorese's always-fluid line-work and great two-color contrasts. I actually found the first single-issue of this in a pile of rejected Xeric grants, and it bowled me over. I've been waiting for the full version ever since, now grown to a 400 page epic, with the original 30 pages from the first issue all now omitted. But that was great and this is great. Maybe if Xeric had funded this, it would still exist now? (unlikely, admittedly).

  • Garrett
    2019-05-07 07:14

    Visually pleasing but narratively weak, Curveball is the story of a boy named Avery trying to get over a failed relationship with a sailor named Christophe. It's a sci fi/ romance graphic novel that doesn't really have good pacing or a good story, and the world that it is set in doesn't really make much sense. I did find the character of Avery to be very sympathetic and relatable, but the story was just boring.

  • Mel
    2019-05-23 08:22

    This comic is super pretty and a joy for the eye. I was excited for every next page to see how it looked. I especially love the neon orange colour that is used for everything technical in contrast to the black/white/grey. But this was the best of the comic and the story itself was only meh. I do like the setting, though, in a world were energy is on the one hand low and people - by just existing - help built it back.___________________________Genre: dystopiaTags: transgender protagonistRating: 5 stars for the art, 3 for the rest -> 4___________________________check out this Lambda interview

  • First Second Books
    2019-05-17 10:08

    Jeremy' line is wonderful -- and his futuristic, apocalyptic world is wonderful! This is a great book about losing and finding love -- and surviving it. Also: bright orange!

  • Scott
    2019-05-04 08:54

    Great art style. Near-future art deco noir and kind of like sky captain world of tomorrow meets a popeye sunday comic strip.

  • Patrick
    2019-05-08 12:23

    Gets a 1 simply because Goodreads won't let me rate if lower. To "emphasize" some parts it uses a light orange background with a slightly darker orange text, nearly impossible for any one with even the slightest vision problem to read. Story line is extremely weak, artwork is extremely poorly conceived. One of the very few books I have ever been unable to finish reading.

  • Patrick
    2019-05-08 08:14

    Visually stunning. The orange trim is so bright, it almost burns your eyes--in a pleasing way. The illustrations are really a feat. People on the subway were asking me what I was reading. The plot meanders a bit, and gets lost at times, but I'm a sucker for anything dystopian so really enjoyed this. A creative premise whose narrative is somewhat poorly executed, but the artwork more than makes up for it.

  • MariNaomi
    2019-05-06 10:05

    Each page was take-my-breath-away stunning (such gorgeous production value--Nobrow does it again!); the cartooning was masterful; the world-building was epic. Despite the ambitious enormity of the project, the characters were all heartbreakingly human. Loved it.

  • Ruby
    2019-05-22 14:18

    This could have gone somewhere. Unfortunately, it didn't. I enjoyed the dystopian side of it but it was left largely underdeveloped.

  • Trevor Incogneato
    2019-05-10 10:54

    crazy. this book has some stellar art to it. prolly one of the most original things i've read this year- felt like I was watching metropolis again or something

  • Comics Alternative
    2019-05-26 09:57

  • Agh
    2019-05-07 10:54

    - Soreses' immersive art expresses the future as excellently as it expresses the past (The Tar Pit)- the central friendship is warm and real- so much emotional impact and truth, oof- the setting also has a lot of emotional truth- probably the longest piece of fiction I've read with a nonbinary main character. Bring it on. - I'm looking forward to a reread; I decided early on that I would just try to immerse myself in the story rather than checking every page to make sure I'd taken in every technological detail, and that worked out well, but I will enjoy coming back to get more details- Why I Read It: We Should Be Friends dissing everybody named Christophe and mentioning this book.

  • Courtney
    2019-05-11 13:13

    There are so many moments that I loved. The characters are great. I love the positivity or frequency of non heteronormative relations and the casual and everydayness that surrounded them. The setting is fantastic, as is the style.With all this praise I waffle between the 3 and 4 star rating because, where is the story, what is the story? Perhaps that is one of the points, maybe I missed something, either way I enjoyed it. The story feels like it needs more, luckily the characters are very lovable that it’s okay for the story aspect to take its time. I hope that there’s more.

  • Steph
    2019-05-05 09:13

    The book jacket describes this as "Isaac Asimov by way of Nora Ephron" and I was PUMPED for that. I was also thrilled to see that Avery is a nonbinary protagonist, and that there are several several LGBT relationships. Pretty cool to find that without even looking for it!But the style of this wasn't really for me. The futuristic setting is super ambitious, and I never really understood or felt comfortable in that new world. The art is also very confusing. It's very exciting and bold - black and white, except for bright highlighter-orange to represent energy (which is almost always somehow present and visible in this world). But it's often difficult to figure out just what you're looking at. I totally admire Sorese's vision and think what he did is great, but it's probably more enjoyable for people who are more scifi-minded than me.

  • Joshua Williams
    2019-05-16 08:04

    Didn’t realize this was by the Stephen universe artist when I started it, so I won’t make my complaint that like most queer comix right now it looks like a SU ripoff, but the orange was kind of hard on the eyes and hard to read, so while it was a fun gimmick in theory It didn’t work for me

  • Will Hesse
    2019-05-25 15:15

    A beautiful book, I love the art as well as the use of neon orange throughout the book. The story was cute and the world was interesting to behold and learn as much as we could from the perspective of the characters.

  • Myaryca
    2019-05-04 07:06

    Did not love. Visually confusing.

  • Ben Mariner
    2019-05-25 12:16

    I felt like that was a whole lot of going nowhere and making a big deal out of it. I loved the bright orange mixed in with the black and white, but the story just kind of petered out.

  • J
    2019-05-14 13:11

    A decent take on the future with a romance story inside it that's fun and human.

  • Brandon Pogrob
    2019-05-19 07:12

    Loved it! The non-traditional comic formatting and gorgeous artwork created a super engaging, perfectly paced, emotional story that sucked me in straight through to the end.

  • Cristina Gimini
    2019-05-08 13:14

    che roba STRANA

  • Sardonyx
    2019-05-07 14:24

    When I opened this I thought "wow, this looks silly, look at their bulbous heads. This is not my style of comic, I don't think I am going to enjoy this at all". But I read on and holy smokes, I was wrong. I absolutely loved it. The artwork is actually very amazing. The world is a mix of art deco designs with beautiful lines both in the buildings and furniture as well as in the robots designs. It is black and white, but then you have the people, who are drawn very cartoonish. Don't let that fool you into thinking they may lack depth. I felt so much sympathy for the main character Avery who has spent so much time obsessed over someone who cannot commit to her. A person who takes every opportunity to flirt with anything and anyone without considering the consequences. She spends much of the book morose and wallowing in heartbreak, uncertain that she can move on. While that is going on, the world is falling apart (literally). It was moody but also funny at times. Did I mention robots?Loved this book!

  • Emilia P
    2019-05-26 09:18

    Whoa! This book is done in like wild and crazy shades of orange and blue and is sort of pre-post-apocalyptically awesome looking but also feels/is very Just Your Regular Old Collegeish Kid Moping About Some Boy with Their Friends tale, which mostly works, even if it feels just a bittttt drawn out. Also, interestingly, its protagonist is gender-queer/gender undefined which, although it is a really deliberate choice, Sorese also chooses to not do anything attention-grabbing with it, which is a bold decision in its own right. I'm not sure how I feel about all the narrative threads going on here, but I do know it looks AWESOME and exciting and interesting, and as a cartoonist, Sorese has my attention. Yeah!

  • Erin Sterling
    2019-05-16 13:07

    One of those graphic novels where you really have to pay attention to the illustrations to make sense of what was going on. I would probably give this 4 stars if I had read it a bit slower. Set in a future society where robots and technology do most of the major work, the story is centered around one character and their struggles with relationships and vocation. Didn't even realize it was LGBT until reading a review later (the main character uses the singular "they" and has a gender neutral name). I liked that it wasn't a dystopian sci Fi even though not everything was perfect. Interesting use of color in this book; neon orange seemed to indicate technology use for example.

  • jt
    2019-05-07 09:08

    Stunning visuals. I loved the duotone of black and neon orange (the neon orange signifying anything technological) and the character designs. Despite the background of a futuristic metropolis teeming with robots and digital screens, the focus was on human relationships. The characters are mostly gender-fluid, but Sorese doesn't hit you over the head with it (or call attention to it at all, really). My only complaints are that it was occasionally difficult to ascertain what was going on and the ending was a bit unclear/unsatisfying. But, this is one of those books that I find myself thinking about well after reading it.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-13 13:22

    Huh. Ok. This was interesting. The format was a little confusing/messy for me--some panels took a lot of starting to figure out, some I noisy gave up on. But the orange=tech thing is neat...with the exception of the three or four pages of orange text. The characters are cool and I liked that aspect of the confusion/messiness--everyone in this world is very fluid and/or ambiguous with regard to gender and sexuality. So that's always cool. I don't know if I liked the ending a whole lot...I guess it was good.I hope George is ok.

  • Vaso
    2019-05-23 15:08

    This book is brilliant. The art is out of this world and the story is surprisingly well thought-through for its futuristic theme. I think futuristic/mecha stories end up being just a reason for the writer or artist to dive into robot or war fantasies, or whatever. But Curveball is not about that, it's so delicate and sensitive and beautiful and gives an honest interpretation of human relationships. And the book itself is a piece of art. The design, the paper, the printing, everything.

  • Kathleen
    2019-04-28 12:57

    seemed a lot more appropriate for new adults/adults

  • Anne
    2019-05-19 13:57

    3.5 stars. I really liked the originality of the storyline and unique book design. I also liked the gender queer nature of the protagonist and many of the characters. I found the art difficult to follow though, at times - almost distractingly so. As a result, I just didn't get as engaged with the plot of the book.