The Vietnamese refugee experience comes to vivid, harrowing life.
— The Sydney Morning Herald
beautiful, inventive AND moving…tells an important story in a new and moving way.
— Heidi MacDonald, The Comics Beat
Here are Huynh’s ghostly, translucent-looking figures, accompanied by the paper trail of the very real tide of people who set out on a journey that meant unspeakable suffering and often ended in death. It’s a sobering juxtaposition of art and history...
Strong writing & art, innovative presentation.
— Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics
...The word ‘read’ doesn’t really do it justice. This is a comic that you experience...‘The Boat’ combines animations, audio and words to create something that feels truly interactive and unique.
Utterly fearless in its conviction, “The Boat” brings the element of humanity back to forefront...so urgent, so emotive, and so pure in its storytelling, that it is a shock to the system, a challenge to those of us who now live in a land of privilege and plenty.
— Peril Magazine
PRAISE FOR 'MAGPIE, MAGPIE'
I am typically more of a fan of print than webcomics but I have never seen anything in this format before and was captivated through the entire reading experience. The expressive and haunting illustrations reminded me in the best way of Emily Carroll’s work. Magpie, Magpie is such a disturbingly beautiful piece of work. I loved it. I am gonna read it again right now.
— FAREL DALRYMPLE, The Wrenchies, Pop Gun War
Matt’s latest work is an interesting, soulful exploration of expressive mark-making using bamboo and sumi. His comics are intimate and quiet, marked with moments of explosion. The last half of the book—a wild series of Muybridge-style gestures of magpies in flight— is worth admission alone.
— PAUL POPE, Battling Boy, Batman Year 100
There’s an urgency to Huynh’s writing. It’s a rush towards the unknown, the narrative unfolding. Finding itself with each page, each panel. Huynh’s ink wash painting is the voice of memory. The shallow fog of looking back.
— Evil Tender
Moody, evocative and powerfully drawn - another universe of ink
— MOLLY CRABAPPLE, VICE, Week in Hell, Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School
This eerie and desperate ghost story drips, spurts and dances from Matt Huynh’s brush. Powerful storytelling in brilliant black and white.
— JAMES VICTORE, Victore, or Who Died and Made You Boss?
Huynh provides a good honest expressive line throughout this multi-tiered dreamy tale of love on the run, running towards and away from itself. This is dream logic run amok. It’s wading into a Faulknerian swampland. And it’s fun, of course.
— Comics Grinder
The quiet moments, where the parents are still with their children, are rendered carefully and it really feels like you’re watching this moment in time, through tears that occasionally blur the scene from view ... a real life that was lived and experienced. ‘MA’ feels like that. I am here now, I was lucky.
5/5, A touching and painful story to read at times, but Huynh does a wonderful job of making it relatable on the human level with his storytelling.”
— Comic Bastards
It’s an old story ... one that’s backed up by nothing but fear. Huynh’s book is compelling precisely because he turns that fear around...The sensitivity and power of his brush strokes is held in check by a sense of restraint as he lets the images tell the story for him.
— Rob Clough
PRAISE FOR 'HARRI, AND SOME CHANGE'
5/5 - It’s a pure comic book and artistic experience that I’ve found is rarer and rarer in the comic medium, making this a breath of fresh air. It’s a pure comic book and artistic experience that I’ve found is rarer and rarer in the comic medium, making this a breath of fresh air.
— Comic Bastards
PRAISE FOR 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANYWAY'
...Realism breathed into the characters and situations by the integrity of image and word - fleeting black and white impressions of an unquestionably real world. As with Huynh’s other work, there is a perfect combination of style and substance... His sensitive portrayal of the intricacies of personal relationships and daily life have produced a fine, moving and substantial book.
— Ink Spot
His words flow like only the best of poetry can; expressive and sensitive without feeling pretentious. The art is cinematic yet maintains a dreamlike quality, making it feel equal parts fantasy and reality. It’s all very touching, really. Huynh’s work here is not only inspirational, it’s one of those rare books that could very well change the way you view life.
— Comic Book Galaxy
There’s never been one like this before - one that redefines what’s possible in this form of media.
— Ink Spot