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Twenty-eight-year-old Nao Brown, who’s hafu (half Japanese, half English), is not well. She’s suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fighting violent urges to harm other people. But that’s not who she really wants to be. Nao has dreams. She wants to quiet her unruly mind; she wants to get her design and illustration career off the ground; and she wants to find love, perfect love.
Nao’s life continues to seesaw. Her boyfriend dumps her; a toy deal falls through. But she also meets Gregory, an interesting washing-machine repairman, and Ray, an art teacher at the Buddhist Center. She begins to draw and meditate to ease her mind and open her heart―and in doing so comes to a big realization: Life isn’t black-and-white after all . . . it’s much more like brown.

Praise for The Nao of Brown:

“Lushly rendered, passionately digressive” ― The New York Times

“Dillon turns in a narrative tour de force, featuring a script that works in perfect concert with almost cinematic art reminiscent of Milo Manara, but with far more expressive characters. A triumph of comics for grownups, this is a must-read.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The art in The Nao of Brown is absolutely gorgeous . . . An intense story about a young woman who fights as hard to get out of her own head as some superheroes fight to save the world.” ― The Onion’s A.V. Club

“This was the best read I have had in a long time.” ―Scott Stantis, cartoonist for the Chicago Tribune

“Dillon makes his grand return in what can only be described as a visual spectacle.” ― The Beat

“Amazing artwork; a truly novelistic piece of storytelling, full of wisdom and compassion; and a book which is a beautiful artifact, a treat for those of a bibliophilic inclination.” ― Comic Book Resources

“The battles are internal, but no less monumental for all of that. Such inner wars made Sandman a classic, and I have no doubt that Dillon’s graphic novel will likewise be regarded as a seminal work in comic art.” ―The Houston Press Art Attack blog

“Psychologically complex and surprising.” ― Paste Magazine

“It’s a masterpiece, and I really can’t recommend it enough.” ―Comic Book Resources

“Penciled and watercolored by hand, the pages glow with a lush realism, even in their darkest moments. The ever present motif of red can either anchor or engulf the reader, but always provides a vibrant glimpse into Nao’s life.” ― Asian Fortune News

About the Author

Glyn Dillon’s comics illustrations have appeared in several works from Vertigo, including The Sandman. He has also worked as an artist, animator, and designer in film and television. He lives in London, England.

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Read It Nao
Reviewed in the United States on February 6, 2013
The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon features beautiful artwork, and would be worth taking a look at for that reason alone. But it has an unusual, engaging story that had me going back through the book when I was done. Nao Brown is half-Japanese, very cute, and an... See more
The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon features beautiful artwork, and would be worth taking a look at for that reason alone. But it has an unusual, engaging story that had me going back through the book when I was done.

Nao Brown is half-Japanese, very cute, and an artist. She works in a shop selling Japanese toys and such. She''s obsessed with Japanese Ichi comic book characters, and becomes interested in a bearded, heavyset washing-machine repairman who looks like one of them. Her problem: she is plagued by an obsessive compulsive disorder that unexpectedly will overwhelm her with thoughts of injuring and killing other people. The images and thoughts can be simply awful, like stabbing a pregnant woman in the belly. Her struggles to cope with this disorder and conceal it are riveting. Also fascinating is her use of Buddhist meditation and Buddhist artwork to help her learn to not be overwhelmed.

There is a good bit of humor and gentle wisdom in the book as well. The teachers and students at the Buddhist center, for example, can be overly sincere and unaware of their absurdity, for all their compassionate intentions.

Interspersed is the story of a half-man, half-tree Ichi character who joins the Japanese army. The graphic images are weird, ornate and contrasting in style to the realism of the rest of the book. But they also have a quiet serenity to them which understandably appeals to Nao, and the reader.

In Nao''s story we learn about her toy store boss, her roommate, her family, and more about the repairman. He turns out to have a wisdom, and a secret, of his own. There is a short text piece toward the end from his diary that provides a different angle to the story. If you are looking for something different in your reading, this certainly provides it. It also provides a rare and thoughtful Buddhist perspective on its events.
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Dillon and better than a ton of work to his left and ...
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2016
The only thing I know Glyn Dillon from is an obscure Vertigo mini-series titled Egypt. It was a forgettable thing published during a glut of forgettable, edgy, modern art comics, mostly sans tights and capes and heroics of any kind. The Nao of Brown is head and shoulders... See more
The only thing I know Glyn Dillon from is an obscure Vertigo mini-series titled Egypt. It was a forgettable thing published during a glut of forgettable, edgy, modern art comics, mostly sans tights and capes and heroics of any kind. The Nao of Brown is head and shoulders above any previous work I''ve seen of Mr. Dillon and better than a ton of work to his left and right on the bookshelf. The Nao of Brown follows a character Nao that is so fully realised it would be very easy to believe that instead of an original story about fictional people instead of a fictional one itself. All the characters seem three dimensional, completely thought out and real. Reading it felt like witnessing the life of a friend, very real and personal. There is another story presented as a fictional story the characters read and enjoy. That story, rawn in a completely different style was just as engaging and didn''t serve to distract from the main story. It was so well told and rendered I''d read an entire book about Pictor if Dillon put the same care into him as he did into Nao.
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One of my favorites!
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
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One of the best graphic novels of 2012
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2012
From the complexity and utterly charming personality of the titular character to the beautiful illustrations and colorful writing making up the story-within-a-story, this is a work that is bold, skillfully crafter, and has broad appeal. It deftly showcases the great skill... See more
From the complexity and utterly charming personality of the titular character to the beautiful illustrations and colorful writing making up the story-within-a-story, this is a work that is bold, skillfully crafter, and has broad appeal. It deftly showcases the great skill of its creator, and is without a doubt a piece of visual storytelling that fully deserves the attention of a wider reading audience interested in literary fiction of any kind. Between this and other releases in the last year, UK publisher SelfMadeHero has thoroughly established itself as an important voice on the international comics scene.
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Joe Diano
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Very Introspective!!
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2013
A brilliant use of the graphic novel medium. Beautifully illustrated and painted, the character of Nao and her relationships with others was easily understood. I enjoyed it depth and understanding of mental illness and the real day feelings invoked by Nao. My only problem... See more
A brilliant use of the graphic novel medium. Beautifully illustrated and painted, the character of Nao and her relationships with others was easily understood. I enjoyed it depth and understanding of mental illness and the real day feelings invoked by Nao. My only problem which quickly resolved after reading it to completion was the intervening story between the chapters. I didnt quite understand its implicatons till the end and so was annoyed at having to stop and read it when all i wanted to do was read more about Nao and her life. Apart from that its a fascinating read and I would recommend it.
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Reviewed in the United States on May 9, 2017
I received this beauty today. Yes, BEAUTY. It was an amazing unpackaging experience. The art work is too notch watch color, WOW. I''m almost afraid to open the book, fearing I''ll ruin the perfection. Can''t wait to dive in!!!
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Michelle
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Such an amazing graphic novel
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
Such an amazing graphic novel. Completely worth purchasing to have in collection - copy is beautiful hardcover. Book in excellent condition as well - came quickly and no problems with service
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
A wonderful read and the art is amazing. 10/10
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A Work of Rare Genius
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 16, 2018
In a perfect world, Glyn Dillon would design and layout every Graphic Novel. His work with ''The Nao of Brown'' is truly incredible and it''s easy to see why he went on to work as an illustrator for ''The Force Awakens'' and the up and coming Han Solo Star Wars film. ''The Nao of...See more
In a perfect world, Glyn Dillon would design and layout every Graphic Novel. His work with ''The Nao of Brown'' is truly incredible and it''s easy to see why he went on to work as an illustrator for ''The Force Awakens'' and the up and coming Han Solo Star Wars film. ''The Nao of Brown'' is a work of high art, beautifully drawn and highly original in it''s unfolding. Glyn Dillon is the younger brother of the late Steve Dillon, who drew many strips for 2000AD over the years. Their style of drawing is very different from each other but Glyn Dillon is a massive inspiration if you''ve ever thought you had the talents required to build a Graphic Novel. This is an amazing and truly brilliant work of art in itself and the story is rather original to say the least.. There are few Graphic Novels that break the mould but I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone interested in becoming infatuated with good art and a fascinating story.
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You can always tell...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 17, 2014
You can always tell when you’ve really enjoyed a graphic novel when you begin to read and continue without pause – until the end of the story when you look up and feel the need to gaze out a window. That is exactly what happens with Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. This graphic...See more
You can always tell when you’ve really enjoyed a graphic novel when you begin to read and continue without pause – until the end of the story when you look up and feel the need to gaze out a window. That is exactly what happens with Glyn Dillon’s Nao of Brown. This graphic novel goes beyond its expectations with expressive watercolours quickly absorbing this reader into the psyche of the main character ‘Nao’ – a half Japanese half English artist, struggling with obsessive compulsive disorder and tormenting violent thoughts. We are taken into Nao’s murderous imaginings in which she humorously gives marks out of 10 over the perversity of her mind – 8 out of 10 for snapping a taxi driver’s neck, 9 out of 10 for stabbing her Buddhist teacher with a pen. It is in this particular scene, ironically set in a meditation centre, that we are introduced to one of the main themes of the book, the philosophies of Buddhism. Nao frequents this Buddhist centre to try and calm her anxious thoughts, and to open her heart as she takes part in drawing the “Enso”, the ink drawn circle. This shape symbolises enlightenment and mindfulness, and of being in the moment, which later her boyfriend Gregory – a washing machine repair man compares to the machine and consequently a shape that touches on a meditation of his own life. Without giving too much away, Nao of Brown also contains a neatly interwoven story about a half-man, half-tree creature with a conker for his head named Pictor. Pictor’s lives in a different world and contrasts visually well with Nao’s story. In short, Glyn Dillon has created meandering and tenuous links that chain together an honest, tender and ‘beautifully violent’ observation of life, slowed in a river of simple plot, panelled in the apt medium of the comic book. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a solid introduction to the modern graphic novel.
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Love it
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 16, 2017
Superb, a good story and wonderful artwork.
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WandaWoo
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Stunning art.....
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2014
Stunning artwork....really breathtaking by a talented artist. However the narrative really let it down. Why is it so hard to find a graphic novel with both elements in abundance. Recommend for the beautiful watercolour pictures but thumbs down for a terrible plot! Sorry.
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wonderful!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 15, 2013
This is a truly wonderful book, it has the most wonderful watercolour artwork and is consistently beautiful all the way through. But unlike many comics isn''t let down by the story which is strange and lovely. i was truly entranced finished in one epic sitting and then had...See more
This is a truly wonderful book, it has the most wonderful watercolour artwork and is consistently beautiful all the way through. But unlike many comics isn''t let down by the story which is strange and lovely. i was truly entranced finished in one epic sitting and then had to re-read it and found a whole new layer of meanings visual clues etc.
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