The Dam Keeper, Book 2 (Hardcover)
World Without Darkness
First Second, 9781626724273, 160pp.
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel trilogy by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. World Without Darkness is the second volume in the series.
Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all?
But he doesn't have time to unravel this mystery. The wave of deadly black fog will return to Sunrise Valley in four days, and its dam can't withstand another assault. In a stolen truck and with a deranged lizard leading the way, Pig and his friends are in a race against the clock. but can they reach home in time?
About the Author
Originally from Southern California, Robert Kondo graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert's film credits include Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and most recently Monsters University. He is the co-director (along with Dice Tsutsumi) of the award-winning animated film The Dam Keeper.
Dice Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a celebrated illustrator, painter, and philanthropist. Dice's paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children's book I Can Hear was published in Japan. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director forToy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel. He is the co-director (along with Robert Kondo) of the award-wining animated filmThe Dam Keeper.
Praise For The Dam Keeper, Book 2: World Without Darkness…
“Haunting and gorgeous. This book is a rare treasure.”
—Ben Hatke, author of Zita the Spacegirl and Mighty Jack
"The dense, full-color artwork has the rounded depth and cartoonish character design of a Pixar movie, but the persistent smog and occasionally jagged borders and shapes give it a haunting, eerie quality all its own...the mystery of the dam keepers and the origin of the smoke gets deeper here."—Booklist