The Gifted, High Production Value from Creative Mind Energy

The Gifted

The Gifted

It’s easy to understand how I would love a book like The Gifted.  It’s about a wolf, I love animals, especially dogs.  It’s for the most part silent, I dig the silent books.  But it’s way more than all of that.  The Gifted is a wonderful story and beautifully painted.  Most importantly, The Gifted is a wonderful example of what is possible in the comic book medium.

I discovered The Gifted when I met the Creative Mind Energy team at San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo.  They had an enforce team presence with an upper level professionalism that I appreciated.  They also had extremely high quality limited edition books with a beautiful glossy print – I had to give it a try to see if the stories would live up to the outer presentation.  CME delivered with The Gifted.

The Gifted is an elegant story with minimal description or words but an interesting complexity and a wonderful finish. There is only a small amount of very smart but illegible dialogue and simple sound effects.  I can talk about the writing in this book all day but let met take a second to talk about the art.  It’s smart and immensely skilled and the minimal sound effects become part of the page and panel layout.  There are panels and pages of this book that could easily be pinups but what is wonderful about them is that they actually work incredibly well to tell an amazing story.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for the wonderful review! It was a pleasure to meet you at APE. We will be at WonderCon in March. And our online store will be going live with a full selection of products shortly before that.

    • Posted December 28, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

      Hi Damian – feel free to reach out to us when you want to announce your visit to WonderCon as well as the launch of your new store. I also have Deadeye which I plan to read and review as well.

      thanks!

      • Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        We’ll be at WonderCon this coming weekend, Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31. Can you give us a shout out?

        Thanks again for the great review.

        All the best,
        The CME Team.

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