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10Feb/150

Panel Mania: Ba and Moon Explore Home and Family in ‘Two Brothers’

Oh just a special edition of Panel Mania with a little world exclusive for y'all ;)

A ten-page preview of the upcoming graphic novel, Two Brothers, from Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, which looks very promising indeed!

The best selling brothers are back, as publisher Dark Horse Comics reveal the first look at Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá’s new graphic novel, Two Brothers. The Brazillian creators have been celebrated with a clutch of awards each, and their previous collaboration, Daytripper, became a critically acclaimed knockout.

An adaptation of Dois Irmãos (The Brothers) by the eminent Brazillian author, Milton Hatoum, Two Brothers promises a story of strained family relations and identity, with more than a hint of intrigue bestowed by the two brothers translating the tale in both language and medium.

Omar and Yaqub are identical twins with many differences between them. The strong love of their mother, Zana, only causes more trouble in their relationshop and a violent exchange sees the “good son”, Yaqub, sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon. As the book opens, he is returning home after five years, a virtual stranger to his parents, estranged from Omar, and with family tensions still very much intact.

The Brazillian setting, on the riverbanks of the Amazon in the port city of Manaus, is a celebration of the vibrant and diverse country, and host to this Brazillian reimagining of a treasured local author’s tale – the themes of the home country and the relationship of brothers reflect upon each other in a startlingly unique way.

The ten-page preview underscores the subtle arts of graphic storytelling - the words unsaid, the looks avoided, the porous nature of time. Bá’s distinctive lines render unique characters in minimal strokes; clever transitions, cunning shadows, and scenic panels promise a beautiful book.

Read the full preview here: Ba and Moon Explore Home and Family in ‘Two Brothers’

Two Brothers