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Soulscape

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Well, this is something you will never find anywhere else.The art is quite nice, all black and white, very detailed. However, the stories did not work for me. I did not even finish the book as I didn't understand what the author wanted to convey through them. If I had had the book as a paperback, I would have tried to look at the details and into the meaning but since I got this book as an ebook, I cannot do that to my eyes. I am sure this book will be the perfect fit for some people, but it wasn't for me. It is very special.
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Didn't finish. I feel like I am too dumb to understand the message from these comics (if there even is one), or that I'm in a bad drug trip. The artwork is beautiful though, the artist's attention to detail is singular, and although I didn't read until the end, I felt a strange connection to the main character, they seem so pure and sees the joy in small things even though the world is chaos. Wish I could understand more what is happening, maybe add some more contextual clues for us dumb dumbs.
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In my opinion, this was made this way: the author was dropped by a doc after the birth into the bowl full of LSD, during years he tried several drugs and extracts from different Amazonian plants and then he created this. Ok, now, joking. But it looked like this. It was amazing here and there, weird, bizarre, extraordinary, but I got full of it close to the end. And I believe, I would enjoy this more if I was drugged with something. But hey, definitely recommend to people who like bizarre stuff a great art!
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A weird series of (interconnected? sort of?) comics without any dialogue, featuring incredibly rendered, grotesque artwork. Much of, if not all, of the story (if there is any) went over my head. Still neat to look at.
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This comic and artist ARE different. It explores how much experimentation is possible in art form that creator uses.
Each comic shows progressive and rapid transition of characters from one dimension to other.
Characters start seperate and then they merge and change in certain mind blowing ways and story ends in a weird situation. 
if you like to read different types of comics and love innovative styles then it is for you.. 
There are no captions but what is happening in a scene is easily decipherable.
a different sort of experience on offer..
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I knew this book was going to be unusual and abstract, but this is on a whole other level. Very creative but too dark for me personally. I would recommend this book to people who like their books weird!
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Although the artwork is great, they are definitely bizarre. Each panel becomes something else from the previous panel and I found myself going back and forth between panels to see how a picture transformed. These artworks remind me of dreams- when one thing becomes another and you don’t know how or why it became so. I had a hard time choosing between 3 stars and 4 stars because some of the artwork was a little overwhelming. I ended up giving it 4 stars because although this type of work may not be my cup of tea, I cannot undermine the work and the message the author is trying to portray. 

Thank you @netgalley and @europecomics for this copy.
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Soulscape is the weirdest book I've read in a while. Read is perhaps not the right word, since there aren't words in the graphic novel. The artwork is incredibly well-done to the eyes of this layperson. I won't pretend I understand it, though. Sometimes I thought I got a message the artist was trying to share, if they were trying to share one. Usually I just thought, "The artistry is great, the art itself weird and very uncomfortable to look at." That's not a bad thing, necessarily. 
If you enjoy strange art, this will probably work for you. It's incredibly imaginative.
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Soulscape by Bahadir Baruter is a free NetGalley e-comicbook that I read in early November.

Surrealist, kinda drug-induced, grotesque, troll-like caricatures in black ink, typically 8-cell vignettes with limited movement per scene, but there’s a dark sense of social critique goin’ on. Not quite for everybody.
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Soulscape is a wordless trip through the imagination. The art is abstract and detailed with fascinating page on page. Definitely a text to lead to dialogue.
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idk how I feel about this book. It is a graphic novel. Body horror. The artwork is great but I didn't understand anything. There was no writing or texts or letters inside the book. So, that was weird. Maybe my brain isn't just smart enough to understand this book..
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Baruter's "Soulscape" is surrealism in its purest form; influenced, intentionally or not, by Dali's paranoiac-critical method, the art presented in this collection builds a cryptic yet charming world.
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The art is really skilful but the cartooning isn't - the panels are all really wide and there's too much going on in each one, which doesn't make for an easy read. The character designs are also quite off-putting. Less-busy and a faster pace to the panels (this isn't animation - you can jump ahead a bit more!) would make for a better read; as it is, Soulscape did nothing for me.
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Well, I think many people will say 'life's just too short for books like this' – even while grudgingly admitting the other response, that they will barely have seen the like anywhere else before.  We get a welter of (mostly) two page stories, all black and white inked, all wordless, and all with a bonkers surreality that makes 'The Persistence of Memory' look like a perfect still life.  Here's just a summary of one, and remember, this is six panels and two pages.

An artist sits at his easel under his parasol, alongside a lake or lagoon, across which a camel is walking with a large book on its back, while a person floats along mid-air holding a large die.  The camel walks away, as the trees shading it slowly turn into architectural columns, the floating man rolls his die, and one side comes up plain white.  Meanwhile, a final character is hooking up the shore of the lake as if it's a giant bed sheet to reveal a gigantic fish underneath – oh, and the artist is of course disappearing through his canvas.  Next, the die man turns to the artist, who is still going through his canvas, but reappearing in the middle of the lake, while the giant fish is goaded out from under the water, and the book – remember the book? - starts flapping about and going wappy under the columns.  The fish goes through the canvas after the artist, who has been persuaded to paint a solo dot on the blank face of the die. We end with the die owner very happy with the dot, the book now a thousand pages – all bearing a single dot – while the canvas is also shown to have one large solid circle in it, as the fisherman walks off with it (and his hat, which blew off and has had to be rescued by a passing bird).  We never see the camel again.

I don't think a review is really necessary – there are thirty more of those, often awkward-to-follow, surrealist dramas if you choose to get on board with this.  The craftsmanship is certainly to the fore, as are adverts for the creator's oddball monthly magazine, produced in his native Turkey for almost all the 2000s.  It's a pity the scale of things gets so large at the end to make them almost impossible to 'read' on a digital format, but the Turkish edition, if it exists on paper, would be just as viable a way of seeing these unique creations.  And they really are unique.
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Soulscape wasn't for me. It is a kind of MC Escher comic book strip with bizarre, surreal and sexual influences. The artwork is definitely interesting but it's not my thing.
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Whoever wrote the description comparing this to Escher needs to have their eyes examined. Never have so few pages with zero dialogue felt so long.

Received via NetGalley.
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Extra star for exquisite line work. 
Lost a star for being as mad as a bear
If there was a deeper symbolism I struggled to grasp it, perhaps it is contained in Turkish idioms or in the strange imagination of Baruti himselg
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