BWW Review: SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
Scott Westerfeld will be in NYC promoting SPILL ZONE
***THIS FRIDAY, May 19th!!!***
He'll be at Kinokuniya Books, located at 1073 6th Avenue, at 6:30 p.m.
Call 212-869-1700 for further details.
He'll also be in Upstate New York
***THIS THURSDAY, May 18th!!!***
He'll be at Oblong Books (6420 Montgomery Street) in Rhinebeck, NY at 6 p.m.
Scott Westerfeld is the New York Times Best Selling Author of several YA novels, including the popular Uglies series. All of his books are wildly different from one another, yet all have a slant of sci-fi and the unexplainable in them. His new release, SPILL ZONE, is unique in many ways.
To begin with, it's his first graphic novel. Sure, Uglies was turned into a graphic novel, but not until it was already a successful book series. SPILL ZONE was the first series created specifically for the medium and not previously published. He's joined by artist Alex Puvilland (Templar, Prince of Persia) and colorist Hilary Sycamore (Battling Boy, The Shade) to bring the series together and really make it shine.
For another, you can read the entire first book online right now. For free. Legally. The series began as an online web comic, and came out as a tangible hardcover to keep on the shelf earlier this month...the same day the final pages were published online. The second volume will begin serializing on Spill Zone's website this coming October, but won't be available in hardcover until July 2018.
The inspiration behind SPILL ZONE is quite ambitious. As Westerfeld states on the Spill Zone website the day he premieres the series:
In 2004, a Ukrainian photojournalist named Elena Filatova (aka KiddofSpeed) blogged an account of her illicit motorcycle journeys through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the area blighted by history's worst nuclear accident. Her photos and writing were elegiac and apocalyptic, evoking the otherworldliness of the forsaken city of Pripyat. But once the posts went viral, certain discrepancies were noted, and Filatova admitted that her accounts were "more poetry than reality."
In short, she might have taken a tour bus. You see, it's pretty easy to get into the Exclusion Zone these days.
But the poetic version stuck with me-a woman on a motorcycle, a camera, an empty and dangerous world.
I've always been a sucker for tales about exploring broken, abandoned terrain. As a kid I was an "urban explorer," though we didn't have that term back then. I spelunked the buildings at my upstate New York college, and I've explored abandoned sites in and around NYC since. There's nothing quite like the silent loneliness of a place that has been abandoned, restricted, and left to ruin. In these spaces, the usual rules don't apply. It feels as if the laws of physics don't either.