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Owly: Just a Little Blue
Review by Kerry Garvin

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Just a Little Blue

Andy Runton
Andy Runton

Top Shelf Productions
Softcover Original
Publish Date
March 2005
Cover Price
The cute continues in this second volume of Owly. I just can’t get enough of cuddly Owly and his adorable animal friends. This second volume is just as enjoyable as the first and continues to charm me. In this second volume of Owly hummingbirds Tiny and Angel are replaced by a family of bluebirds. Owly, in his usual helpful and caring manner, builds a home for the bluebirds. They are less than accepting of the new home, since they are scared of Owly. Owly and Wormy first have to earn the bluebirds trust.

This volume of Owly is just as cute and adorable as the first. Runton weaves a wonderfully touching story about prejudice, fear, and what happens when you decide to give someone a chance. The script is remarkably free of words just like the first volume. Runton uses this unique brand of iconic dialogue so successfully and naturally that I wonder why it hasn’t been employed by other comic creators.

While this volume of Owly is a joy, I was a bit disappointed by the addition of another bird family. The story is touching and different from the first, but I just couldn’t shake the similarities. I’m looking forward to the next volume and hope that we find out more about Owly. I like to know about his past and his family and how he ended up alone. I’m hoping Runton explores some of this in the future.

Runton’s art work is a delight. His style is clean and light. I especially like how he uses thick lines to highlight different parts of the book such as Owly’s wings and eyes. It adds depth without weighing down the panels.

The best thing about Runton’s art continues to be how adept he is at giving emotion to his characters. I never thought I would be so sad to see a worm cry. This personification of the animals succeeds because Runton is just so good at capturing emotion with a few simple lines. It is pretty astounding how a sad worm, can make me sad, and an puzzled owl can make we want to help him solve his problem. Sure, I’m a softy, but I don’t see why Runton’s work wouldn’t affect everyone in the same way. It’s just that good.

Bonus Features
The book contains a full color cover, the 125 page story, and an extra drawing at the end. Much like the first volume, the end sheets portray a happy scene from Owly’s world in the baby blue color of the cover. They are set off nicely from the rest of the black and white book.
Final Words

Owly: Just a Little Blue continues to be a great all-ages story with elements to please fans of all levels of maturity. I do hope that Runton explores Owly’s past and digs a little deeper into this great character. The third volume will be released in September so there is plenty of time to introduce yourself to this wonderful story.


Kerry Garvin (email) is a total nerd. She once made a robot out of tin foil for a boy she loved, but was too shy to deliver it. Kerry can also be found rambling at The Comic Queen and A View From the Ham.
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