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Laika by Nick Abadzis


by Nick Abadzis

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It was good to get more information on this rarely told story of space exploration. ( )
  EllsbethB | Jan 18, 2016 |
Clear flat color cartooning, with a european flavor. A well researched, semi-historical account of Laika, the first dog in space. Painful and wonderful. ( )
  blurble | Aug 17, 2014 |
Beautiful and sad; conveys the complexity of the situation and powerlessness of all involved. ( )
  eenerd | Jul 30, 2014 |
This graphic 'novel' tells the story of the first dog in space, launched by the Soviet Union space program in 1957, with no provisions for returning her to earth. Laika's story from a Moscow street dog to her final journey is heart-renderingly told through the pages of beautiful illustrations. Central human characters include legendary Soviet rocket engineer and Sergei Korolev and the fictionalized dog caretaker for the space program, Yelena Alexandrovna Dubrovsky. Both are complex, fully-realized characters that add to the weight of what as being done to Laika in the name of science and advancement of humankind.

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“For once, it seems there’s nothing to worry about for the time being. Of course, nothing lasts. And why worry about that? One must learn not to. Every day, every moment is a frontier to a country, that once crossed, can never be returned to. Most of the time we don’t notice. Which is just how it should be. The secret is not to worry. You can’t back. Although, those you leave behind will still think of you. Most of the time, we don’t notice the small, gradual changes only the sudden unexpected ones. But, once you understand nothing lasts everything’s all right. After all, something always comes along that changes everything. And once you realize this, you find that you’re no longer imprisoned by this truth but freed by it.” - p. 111-116 ( )
  Othemts | Dec 29, 2013 |
On Nov. 7, 1957, one month after the successful launch of Sputnik I, the Soviets launched Sputnik II. On board was a small dog named Laika. This graphic novel illustrates the courage and intelligence of Laika – the first living being launched into outer space. If you like this story, please check out Marilyn Bowering’s wonderful poetry collection “Calling All the World”, another wonderful reimagining of Laika’s story.
  vplprl | Dec 3, 2013 |
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Abadzis's artistic style put me in mind of Tin Tin -- the little doggy with the curly tail didn't hurt -- a childlike, cartoony line that is nevertheless expressive and expansive. It nicely complements the subject matter, contributing much to the sweetness of the story, and serving as counterpoint to the exhaustive research.
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This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. With the blending of fact and fiction, this story intertwines three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life.… (more)

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