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The Dam Keeper, Book 2

The Dam Keeper, Book 2

World Without Darkness

The Dam Keeper (Volume 2)

Written and illustrated by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

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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?

Praise for The Dam Keeper, Book 2

“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

Reviews from Goodreads

Written and illustrated by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

For twelve years, Robert Kondo worked at Pixar as an art director on films like Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University.

Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi has worked as an artist at Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age and Robots) and as an art director at Pixar (Toy Story 3 and Monsters University).

Together, Kondo and Tstutsumi directed the 2015 Oscar-nominated short The Dam Keeper and then founded their own studio, Tonko House.

image of Robert Kondoo
© 2015 by Tonko House Inc. Photo by Zen Miyake

Robert Kondo

image of Dice Tsutsumio
© 2015 by Tonko House Inc. Photo by Zen Miyake

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