The action is in the emotions. There is anger, politeness, self-doubt, and white sandy beaches. A beautiful graphic novel that explores the nature and culture of art.' Bernard Caleo
'Comparing Bruce Mutard’s latest to most other comics is like putting an arthouse film next to a Spielberg schlockbuster. This is a book of subtlety with Mutard working every panel to convey character, build his story and sneak jokes into the background (a box office sign advertises Ring Out The Tills as a new release film). It draws you into every panel. Choosy McBride works for a Sydney art gallery and her painter boyfriend is hitting a creative brick wall until an alluring art work draws them north. The mysterious artist displays their work in the middle of nowhere and seems to want no reward for it, but Choosy is determined to exhibit their work. It inspires a debate-cum-argument that tears at their reltionship. Available for the first time since US publisher Image Comics passed on it in 2005, The Silence is a graphic novel that’s more Richard Linklater than Richie Rich. Reading a comic book that tackles art and relationships for grown-ups is refreshing but combined with Mutard’s intricate illustration it makes a book of depth and wonder.'-George Dunford, Melbourne writer
Mutard fearlessly draws his characters as real people; Choosy’s flaccid stomach and large hips are a rarity in the medium. His eye for everyday minutia not only extends to the intimately rendered Queensland landscapes but his gift for prolonged storytelling. The scenes in which Choosy and Dmitri visit the almost mythical artist’s gallery atop a desolate hilltop hold more suspense than any horror comic I’ve read this year.'-Carl Doherty, shelfabuse.com
A provocative graphic novel about the nature of art, told through the eyes of Choosy McBride, gallery manager and curator, and her artist partner, Dmitri When Choosy McBride discovers an extraordinary artwork she is determined to track down the unknown artist. With her partner Dmitri, an artist wrestling with his own creative demons, she follows the trail to an exhibition at an enigmatic gallery in Northern Queensland, but the creator of the mysterious artworks remains elusive. Increasingly frustrated, and resolved on a dramatic course of action, Choosy insists they make a final visit to the gallery. But will the truth revealed there be what either of them expect?