The title story, “Blackbird Days” — set in the same world as The Interview — tells the story of an engineer, anxious about being caught for a crime, who is asked to inspect something unusual at a marble quarry. Blackbird Days also showcases Fior’s passion for architecture and international settings: stories are about a recently relocated father who loses his young son in Berlin’s Tempelhof Park (“Help!”); a maligned teacher who abandons her students on a class trip to Paris (“Class Trip”); a young woman writing about her first impressions of Oslo (“Postcard from Oslo,” a story which directly relates to 5,000 KM Per Second); a couple tries to enjoy a vacation in Southern Italy after receiving bad news (“Postcard from Salento”); a man suffering violently in France during WWI (“The Story of Gabriel C.”); the painter Arnold Böcklin visiting the baths on Ischia before painting his famous masterpiece, “The Island of Death” (“The Painter”); and, an immigrant grandmother’s tale of how she escaped war in Indochina. Blackbird Days is rounded out with an autobiographical snapshot of the 2015 terrorist attacks in Fior’s current home of Paris, and a final divertissement in which two giant robots battle it out in metropolitan Paris.
"Italian comics master Manuele Fior plays with form and style in the enormously entertaining Blackbird Days. ... All the stories in the collection feature Fior’s stylistic flourishes: humor, comfort, elegance, wit, and vitality." — The A.V. Club
"Fior is an incredible craftsman, and the handsome art in this volume makes it worthy of attention." — Publishers Weekly
“Blackbird Days is at the very least a showcase for Fior’s incredible artistic and authorial versatility, but at its best is something altogether more.” — Daily Grindhouse
“Sometimes, shorter works by such creators of accomplished longer pieces like are not as satisfying, but Fior does a beautiful, haunting job at allowing the same richness to lurk within these stories that are slight only in page count.” — The Beat
"[This] series of short stories by the Italian comics master Manuele Fior shows off the diversity of his art and storytelling." — The Gosh!