|Genre:||Comics & Graphic Novels|
All visuals are done without vulgarity, yet honest. What really amazed me is that an arrangement of comical figures, random sceneries and a few words (or none at all) could actually bring up the sensitivity in me. A couple of stories could make my eyes warm or my heart skip a beat.
Like Eisner said earlier, making comic/strips is about "having something to say" - and that's what he really did. He intrigued us into pondering about humanity in a unique, not unpleasant, form. He clearly showed us how everybody is trying to get to a higher part of the pyramid built by society.
One of the most touching stories is about two hispanic women, one has a small baby, who are working as seamstress in a high-rise apartment building. The hardship of their (most probably illegal) jobs can be felt from their conversation. Their work environment clearly doesn't accommodate the safety regulation, and the story ends up tragically. So goes with the story about a rape that is witnessed by an old couple, who prefer not to testify for fear of their own future safety.
A more pleasant happening is about how a couple who are used to live in social apartment buildings really prefer that crowded place to an 'upgraded' neighborhood.
I especially like the 'splash page' or one-page drawings that starts each chapter. These drawings have architectural quality, the lines are 'alive' and the shadings are perfect. For me, who have never been in New York, it's like reading a 'guide' to the city life, various domestic environment and its surroundings - but at the same time I could find similar stories in big cities anywhere in the world.
New York, the Big City
(C)DC Comics, 1981