The King of Birds
Greetings, best beloved, my name is Gamayun. I am a magical human-faced bird from Slavic mythology. Today I will tell you an
amazing tale: the King of Birds.This is the story of how a small golden apple started a great battle. It all began with a mouse and a sparrow, but soon all the animals and birds were waging a mighty war. After all, the King of Birds forgives no one… but what will happen when he finds himself at the mercy of a plucky merchant? Enter a world of magic and adventure in this stunningly illustrated comic based on traditional Russian folklore.
"Utkin's rendering of Russian mythology succeeds through its use of simple folklore and inspired artwork." --Library Journal "Utkin's work is mesmerizing and haunting both visually and narratively, his striking characters wavering between majestic and malevolent." --Publishers Weekly "If you grew up on Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire's books of Greek, Norse and American mythology, poring over the pictures at least as much as the text, then this is what you're looking for in the modern era. Beautiful character design, vibrant color and nicely varied panel structure..."--Paste Magazine, "The 20 Best Kids Comics of 2018" "...one may remember that fairytales are most often told to children. But while kids will certainly enjoy The King Of Birds, Alexander Utkin imbues this book with an energy that is enchanting to all."--The Comics Journal "Utkin's art is different from that found in most mythology books; his vigorous lines and vibrant colors beautifully portray all kinds of animals and mythical creatures in action." --VOYA Magazine "Utkin's series of graphic novels based on Russian folklore features lush illustrations that alternate between crisp figure drawings and natural elements that seem to burst off the page."--Meduza
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