Copper by Kazu Kibuishi is a book perfectly designed for daydreamers and idealists.
Following the adventures of a boy named Copper and his talking dog, Fred, the eponymous book moves quickly from Kibuishi’s initial concept of a frightened boy with strange dreams to an active adventure-seeker and his doubting dog. Together, the two fly to an island for melon bread, surf a giant wave, ride on the back of a huge turtle and climb strange mountains.
Simultaneously released in soft and hardcover format, the book collects comics originally posted as webcomics on Kibuishi’s website, boltcity.com. Bolt City is the mundane but magical place where Copper and Fred live. The physical book is better than a webpage; the comics can be read over and over, inspiring new ideas or revealing some previously unnoticed small detail each time. It’s full of mysterious plants, talking fungi, flying whales, tall cities teetering on small hills and introspection. What is friendship? Why take a shortcut? Is fishing more fun with expensive gear?
Kibuishi also includes a piece of end-matter containing a step-by-step explanation of how he creates a page of Copper comics.
Kibuishi has edited all six of the popular Flight anthologies (where Copper first saw print) and has completed work on book three of his Amulet series of young adult fantasy series—books one and two are on shelves now.