Introducing the delightfully precise and beautifully designed art of Patrick Atangan in a new series of adaptations of traditional Asian tales. This book, drawn in the ukiyo-e style (world of floating pictures), presents "The Yellow Jar" which centers around a simple fisherman and a beautiful maiden he takes as wife, after finding her in a magic jar. However, she is abducted by a demon warrior considerably more powerful than the simple fisherman. But the fisherman’s resolve, even after many unsuccessful attempts to rescue her, does not flinch... In "Two Chrysanthemum Maidens", a monk is faced with two rather strange wild flowers in his carefully tended garden. They are wild and have planted themselves there at will. They are weeds but they are lovely like women.
"Beautiful and timeless. Presented in the typical NBM quality package."
-Comics Buyer's Guide-panel of retailers
"Atangan charmingly adopts the sharp outlines, boldly juxtaposed color fields, and striking compositions of eighteenth-century Japanese woodblock prints."
"A tremendous debut by Atangan, and this is definetly someone to keep your eyes on. Everything about The Yellow Jar is perfect, from story, to art, to the production values of this small but attractive- looking hardcover. Comics often strive to look like works of art, but The Yellow Jar simply is one."
TIME.COMIX TOP TEN OF 2003
"My personal favorite of NBM's recent adaptations. Visually complex while being incredibly easy to read, "The Yellow Jar" has the kind of magic that will appeal as much to children as adults. You won't believe it's his first book."
-Andrew Arnold, Time.com
"It's like a Kabuki play on paper, seductive to both eye and mind."
-Andrew A. Smith, Scripps-Howard papers
"Marvelous artwork, remarkable and unique book."
-Library Journal Starred Review
"Grade A! Breathtaking...sheer beauty."
-Comics Buyer's Guide