Lookby Jon Nielsen
Released April 1st 2017
Published by NBM Publishing
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A robot named Artie (R-TY) travels around asking questions, and trying to find something; what he is looking for, he does not know. All he knows is the desert, as he has continuously wheeled around the same routes based on some preprogrammed desire. Artie ends up finding many things in Look, though the most important thing that he finds, was that what he was looking for was there all along.
“It’s hard to find purpose because — here’s the thing–it can’t be found. It can only be stumbled upon. It can only be tripped over by accident.”
Jon Nielson’s simplistic illustrations stand in stark contract to the deeper lessons within this graphic novel. The illustrations could have possibly had more detail, however this may have taken away from the overall story in the long-run. One doesn’t expect so much meaning from a book with child-like pictures, however when you do find that you may have a firmer understanding of the real world after closing the volume, it seems to hit all the more harder being as you weren’t expecting it.
To be enjoyed by readers young and old, Look carries many messages, ranging from the more subtle to the clearly worded. This book teaches us that one can’t find their purpose, because we can’t always recognize just what it is. We may have had it the entire time, but because we cannot perceive what our purpose really is, we still think ourselves to be without. It is hard to find newly-printed books with such philosophical and truth-ringing allegory as Nielson’s.