I have this pet project of doing a full series of illustrations/wordless graphic novel based off Stravinsky’s Rite Of Spring, but in the meantime have this small doodle instead. Made with Ecolines (which I’m considering doing a demo video about)
in short, i work at a book store and take great advantage of the ability to order whatever i want for the store without bearing the responsibility of paying for anything. i read a lot of books and texts about comics because i’m driven to make a graphic novel i’m proud of, these are just some of many i find noteworthy- b/c no one actually needs a bunch of courses or an art degree to obtain a broader upstanding of the illustrated narrative and subsequently grow as a comic artist.
binky brown meets the holy virgin mary - justin green (duh. essential for contextualizing early crumb/ spiegelman/ a lot of work in the comix scene & era as well as serving as the ultimate ideal model for the autobiographical comic narrative.)
graphic witness: four wordless graphic novels - masereel, ward, patri, and hyde (this and the former three are the best introduction to textless graphic novels/ expressionist woodcuts that i’ve come across. woodcut narratives have been so huge for me.)
AX volume 1: a collection of alternative manga - various authors (another personal favorite. but i think any comic artist can benefit from AX- it’s an amazing and diverse collection of highly stylized shorts that take really interesting and surreal narrative directions)
lynd ward: six novels in woodcuts - lynd ward (..,,there’s nothing i can say about ward that would do him justice really. he was the master of the craft and i just consider his work so intrinsically important.)
TO END ON A FUN NOTE ::: wampus, vol. 1- franco frescura & luciano bernasconi ((the stupidly fun dated as hell french comic book that’s supposedly a cult classic but i’ve never encountered anyone else who’s actually read it so like, help me out here)
Raighne and I saw a pileated woodpecker in our backyard last week. It was visiting the Kentucky Coffee Tree. Before I could get a good pic it flew into the maple. Can you see it?
I have been gathering final blurbs and the foreword for my next book ‘Sound of Snow Falling’. It is a documentary-style, wordless graphic novel about a winter in the lives of a family of great horned owls. Advanced copies will available at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD in Sept 2016. Then we will do a Kickstarter for it and the rest of the Winter Collection books in November. Publication date for distribution in bookstores is December 2016.
The Spring Collection is 15% funded. My book, Time Capsule, can be ordered with with the Spring Collection. Just choose the rewards MIX & MATCH, 3 SEASONS, or 4 SEASONS and request the Fall Collection. The Fall Collection is in limited supply btw!
Wild Pilgrimage is the third wordless novel of American artist Lynd Ward (1905–1985), published in 1932. It was executed in 108 monochromatic wood engravings, printed alternately in black ink when representing reality and orange to represent the protagonist’s fantasies. The protagonist finds himself battling opposing dualities such as freedom versus responsibility, the individual versus society, and love versus death.
Sound of Snow Falling is a wordless, documentary-style graphic novel about a family of great horned owls. Full color acrylic paintings by me, Maggie Umber. I spent four years watching owl cams and reading books to get this right. It is scheduled to debut in 2dcloud’s 2016 Fall Collection.
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