Ages ago, a meteor smashed into the earth, creating a forked crevice. Over time, they filled with water and became the Y-shaped river that inspired the burg of Ystov to take its name. First-time graphic novelist William Goldsmith creates the landscape and the population of Ystov in a series of two-page stories in Vignettes of Ystov, a lovely book that sneaks up on you like a pleasant surprise.
Even at its most melancholy, Vignettes of Ystov has a great deal of wit and whimsy to it. But it’s also a serious book, dealing with serious themes, even if those themes showcase the banality of many people’