Blindspot by Kevin C. Pyle

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By Kevin C. Pyle
Henry Holt & Company

blindspot coverThe nature of war has been interpreted by every generation since Cain slew Able. People want to make sense of calamity, and these are the issues explored in Blindspot, a recently released graphic novel by Kevin C. Pyle.

In Blindspot, a young boy in grade school experiences war through fantasy, story and proxy. Within the context of the story, a blindspot is described as being the place where “you can see them, but they can’t see you.” This seems to Dean Tolleridge, the plot’s central figure, to be the perfect vantage point from which to assess any situation. In the blindspot, a person is free from the enemies below, which given his childhood years translates to adult figures of authority.

Dean’s innocence and inexperience lend a great deal to the delivery of this story about what makes a battle. Dean sets up the story by making a map of his life to see how it all fits together. He makes no interpretation of the events, but merely presents them “to see what it all looks like.”

In the beginning, he has just moved to a new town, thanks again to his father’s job. His main diversion is in play, a part of his life that dares to take over all other areas. Dean resists against school and authority in favor of drawing, playing ARMY and being reckless like a normal kid.

He gets into trouble for his behavior at school and on his pretend battlefield by disregarding homework, making enemies of strangers and proving his toughness on the playground. It seems that by the end, he no longer sees the sense in his behavior and another move to another town gives him an opportunity to make a fresh start.

The majority of the story is drawn with a loose black line highlighted by earthy, natural blues, greens and tans. However, the style changes when imagination takes over Dean’s childhood reality. The standard style of the book easily transitions into a dot-matrix of drab color, very reminiscent of an old comic book. This is a real highlight. The movement between styles is so seamless it feels like being right within Dean’s imagination and reality, feeling as he would about how the two interlace.

The book itself is quite large, measuring 8.5×11”, roughly the size and thickness of a spiral notebook. This is a great platform for the story. Dean’s narration both introduces and concludes the comic, which is made up of short stories. Designing the book in this way heightened the illusion of Dean the character as author of his own history, scripted out in one of his school notebooks.

However, this is not the case. Pyle wrote the graphic novel Blindspot and deserves credit for the story he crafted. It is really good.

Sarah Morean


3 Comments to “Blindspot by Kevin C. Pyle”

  1. Denise Poynter | June 26th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I think your book is a disgrace to American people. I would never want my child to speak with the foal language you used in this book. one of my children picked it up at the local library and I am going to the Mayor of Greenwood, Indiana, concerning them buying this trashy book with tax dollars. I think you are way out of line to publish this garbage….Get a life. Do something worth while….you have disgraced authors.

    Denise Poynter

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