"The Arrival is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. A man leaves his wife and child in an impoverished town, seeking better prospects in an unknown country on the other side of a vast ocean. He eventually finds himself in a bewildering city of foreign customs, peculiar animals, curious floating objects and indecipherable languages. With nothing more than a suitcase and a handful of currency, the immigrant must find a place to live, food to eat and some kind of gainful employment. He is helped along the way by sympathetic strangers, each carrying their own unspoken history: stories of struggle and survival in a world of incomprehensible violence, upheaval and hope." (Source: Shaun Tan website)
'What inspired author and illustrator Shaun Tan to create his wordless masterpiece The Arrival? Within the pages of a new work Sketches from a Nameless Land Shaun sheds light on his motivations, explaining his creative process using examples from his earliest sketches, roughs and ideas right through to finished artwork.'
Source: The Arrival website, www.thearrival.com.au (Sighted 22/09/2010)