SHENZHEN: Best of 2006

“Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China” / Quill & Quire / Quill & Quire Staff / November 28, 2006

It's not a story with much obvious potential: a Canadian-born cartoonist, working for a French animation company, is sent to one dismal and unwelcoming Asian city after another to oversee work on some cheaply made kiddie cartoons. He has an awful time, never really penetrating the culture he's surrounded by, and returns home after a couple of months. and yet, Guy Delisle's charming and understated graphic memoir Shenzhen, along with its earlier companion volume, Pyongyang, has become an unexpected cult favourite, even among readers who rarely pick up a graphic novel.

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