Blacksad - Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

A decade after its original European release, Dark Horse Comics finally brings France’s current best-selling comic to the United States. This hardcover collection of the first three volumes of Blacksad features the gorgeous watercolors of Juanjo Guarnido, whose credentials include work as a lead animator on Disney’s 1999 film Tarzan. Blacksad follows the misadventures of John Blacksad, a feline private investigator in writer Juan Diaz Canales’ anthropomorphized version of the 1950s. Canales’ expert characterizations of both the bewhiskered Blacksad and a colorful menagerie of supporting cast members will captivate readers and leave them caterwauling for more.
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ISBN: 9781595823939
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dark Horse Originals - June 22nd, 2010

Picture This: The Near-Sighted Monkey Book - Lynda Barry

“Do you wish you could draw?” This is the question artist Lynda Barry answers with an astonishing generosity of stories and exercises, brush-drawings, and bursting-at-the-seams collages in PICTURE THIS (Drawn & Quarterly, $29.95). It is the follow-up to her colorful book on writing, What It Is—a combination of memoir and how-to book. Both are extensions of Barry’s wonderful classes on creativity—she gave Politics & Prose audiences a taste in an exuberant 90-minute slide-lecture/comedic monologue when her last book came out. Picture This brings back her youthful and brash protagonist, Marlys, as tour-guide, as well as the beret-wearing Near-Sighted Monkey as instructor, and anyone wishing for some inspiration is in luck.

Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book By Lynda Barry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781897299647
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 9th, 2010

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts

Perfectly combining art and narrative, LYND WARD: SIX NOVELS IN WOODCUTS (Library of America, $70), begins with God’s Man, a simple story on good and evil, presented in black-and-white; moves on to the dreamlike and sanguine Wild Pilgrimage and the heavily symbolic, and frighteningly prescient, Song Without Words; and ends with the complex and masterfully structured Veritgo. Wordless, these books are closer to visual art than to narrative storytelling, making each page an exercise in interpretation and appreciation. It’s easy to see why Art Spiegelman’s reverential introduction argues that the work Ward championed and produced will survive this age of electronic reproduction—these stark lines of finely crafted etchings, “aware of themselves as art, sensitive to the mechanical means needed to make them,” require the printed page to shine.

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ISBN: 9781598530827
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Library of America - October 14th, 2010