Set to Sea

Set to Sea

Comic Book - 2010
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Running up tabs at local bars by day and haunting thedock by night, Set to Sea 's protagonist is a big lug of an aspiring poetwho writes paeans to the seafaring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard aclipper bound for Hong Kong, however, he finds the sailor's life a bit rougherthan his romantic nautical fantasies! In the course of this black-and-whitegraphic novel, he helps rebuff a pirate assault, survives a gunshot to the eye,and learns to live and love a Conradian life on the sea, all the while writingpoetry about pirates, bad food, unceremonial funerals, foreign ports, andunexpected epiphanies. By the end of his life, he's found satisfaction in hisadventures a receptive and appreciative readership. What more could one ask for?Drawn in an elaborate crosshatched style that falls somewhere between GustaveDore's engravings and E. C. Segar's Popeye , Set to Sea is partrollicking adventure, part maritime ballad told in visual rhyme. Every page is asingle panel; every panel is a stunning illustration, every illustration a partof a larger whole that tells a story in the deft language of cartooning.
Publisher: Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, 2010
ISBN: 9781606993682
Branch Call Number: GN Wein
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill.


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Jul 27, 2016

so it is about a poet who works at a bar, but at night he haunts the boat. it was an okay read i would maybe read it again.

JCLChrisK Aug 14, 2013

A short, simple story that both is delightfully illustrated and excellently illustrates an essential piece of wisdom.
The nameless protagonist is a penniless, giant young man who yearns to write great poetry about the sea, but he can never manage to quite capture with words the magic he feels. What he doesn't realize is that it's because he has a romantic idea of ocean life, but no actual experience of it. That all changes one night when he falls asleep on the docks and wakes the next morning to find he has been "recruited" to work aboard a ship. He's forced to join the crew, work the boat, help defend it from pirates, and travel to all kinds of exotic ports. Eventually he becomes a worn, wise, and grizzled sailor of much experience, and finds he can finally write the book he always dreamed of. He's learned it's not grand ideas that create great writers but the hard experience of life, and though able to become a celebrity author he finds himself content with the life he's lived.
A most satisfying tale.

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