The concept for this biographical book cover series was centered around the author’s place of origin, and features elements that directly reference those places. A papercraft technique was used to create a three dimensional landscape scene which would enforce the idea of the author’s setting and help achieve a sense of cohesiveness through out the series.
I chose to incorporate fences and other small icons to depict the author’s life and to help illustrate what kind of environment these literary legends were exposed to and how that had direct influence on some of the most famous stories in history.
Jesse Jacobs’ wondrously weird wilderness tale Safari Honeymoon has been reviewed by the blogs Festival Season and Sequential.
“Jacobs plays with our anxiety about nature by turning the forest inhabitants into one-eyed, many-legged, slithering, toothy, tentacled predators that can devour you, strangle you, pass through your rectum, take over your brain, feed upon your soul, or worse — swim in your glass of Chardonnay.” — Jason Viola, Festival Season
Read the whole review here!
“The painstaking accumulation of microscopically precise visual elements creates the pulsating symbolic anatomy of the safari and its denizens, the sense that, at any moment, a stunning totality will emerge from the infinite minutia.” — Will Wellington, Sequential
Read the whole review here!
Best book I’ve read this year!
Katie Green, author & illustrator of Lighter Than My Shadow, is currently being featured in a video on the BBC News website. She talks about her experience with eating disorders, what led her to writing Lighter Than My Shadow, and why she chose to do it as a graphic novel.
"It’s entirely appropriate for depicting things we find difficult to talk about. I like to think I wrote this for my 14-year-old self," she says.
Here’s the page from (In A Sense) Lost & Found that many reviewers singled out and here’s how it came to be. Making all these multiple versions for each other page was a good learning experience, although it did cost me a lot of nerves at the time and damn that music.
- If you want to read one review of the book, read this one by Biblioklept.
- I also did a rather extensive interview with him afterwards, if you’re interested in my process, references, reading, plagiarism and so forth.
…should also answer this question
- you-are-the-outsider said: You seem like a well read person, so I thought I would ask: what aspects of literature do you think comics would benefit the most to learn from? Maybe this is not a good question. Cheers!
Thanks! and I think it’s a good question. I can talk about FID & whatnot, but I think the main thing we get out of reading “challenging” books is the practice of reading. I became an artist through reading and rereading. Drawing and writing took minimal part in the process and if tomorrow I decide to switch to installations or embroidery it won’t change a thing.
Reminder that I’ll be signing on October 10th at Desert Island 7-9pm with Stephen Collins, who will be promoting the US release of his Gigantic Beard that Was Evil, probably my favorite graphic novel in the recent years.
Just a short post this week… some drawings I did yesterday of one of my houseplants! I did this with a project in mind - hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about this idea next time it’s my turn to blog :o)
From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Ernst Haeckel, Kunstformen der Natur : Art Forms of Nature (Lithographic and Autotype prints), Published in sets of ten between 1899 and 1904.
Good luck coming up with anything weirder than what Mother Nature already thought of, like a million years ago.
Arrrrrrr, ye scallywags. Our office copies of the softcover Set to Sea have washed ashore, and we are thrilled to show them off! For those of you who weren’t at SPX to see these in person, here is our first look. In one densely rendered panel: a deep, dark sky with its smattering of stars. In the next, a beautifully detailed closeup of the poet’s book, showing the detail of his cracked, sea-worn fingernails.
We’re expecting the book out on time for an October delivery, so go ahead—you can pre-order your copy here.
Jonathan Rotsztain provides Can-Con con coverage of this year’s SPX for Broken Pencil. Included is a brief chat with Jesse Jacobs who was in Bethesda supporting his latest book Safari Honeymoon. Check out Jonathan’s whole article right here!
Double Dare Ya: Riot Grrrl Project IndieGogo Campaign
The crowdfunding campaign for the Riot Grrrl Super-Zine I’m editing is now LIVE. All the info you need to know is over there. It’s been up for just a week and we’re already 74% funded at the moment of me writing this post. Help us out so we can get there! More artwork from the book will be posted over the next three weeks, as well as more perks, so keep yer eyes peeled.
Until then, here’s a…