Francoise Mouly, famed art editor of the venerable New Yorker, has started a blog. She writes on FB:
I’m launching a Blown Covers website where I’ll be running weekly themed Blown Cover contests (submit your sketches! I’ll review them all and post the winner every Friday), talking about the week’s New Yorker cover and showcasing my favorite artists.
A few weeks ago I put out an open call for questions about the comics industry. A penance maybe, for having so many unanswered emails on these kinds of topics. I’m sorry! My email is terrible.
Anyway: I said I would answer the most frequently asked questions, to the best of my ability. This isn’t a book on how to make comics, I can only speak from my own experience (in some places this will be painfully obvious), so keep that in mind. Questions came from all over the spectrum of artists, so if you are, say, a teenager and read an answer that seems crazy inapplicable, I possibly had another type of person in mind when I typed the answer.
This is part one, part two will have the big two questions that I got asked most of all- “how do I get people to read my comic” and “how do I generate an income.” Anyway I’m still talking, as usual, too much of that, let’s get going.
(hope you like my meandering answers, I love meandering like babies love their mommas)
This was a good week for books I picked up or that landed on my desk. Here are a few I enjoyed:
Extra Yarn by Marc Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen
It’s probably safe to say I will automatically buy any book illustrated by Jon Klassen. Between this and I Want My Hat Back, he’s on a real roll. Here we get more of minimalist, textured drawings. It’s a story about bringing colour and beauty into a dull, grey world. In the hands of any other artist it could have been a candy-coated rainbow, but Jon’s elegant restraint keeps things a little muddy and muted, and I think the book is all the more lovely because of it.
Drawn’s own Matt Forsythe delivers the follow-up to his first book, Ojingogo. Jinchalo continues the wordless fairy tale adventures of Voguchi, and Matt has clearly stepped up his game in terms of his art and pantomime storytelling. It’s a little Alice in Wonderland, a little Jack in the Beanstalk, and a little Wizard of Oz, flavoured with Korean folktales. I love these books so much.
I think my only exposure to Sam V’s work has been through stumbling upon his Flickr account. But after visiting his high-res website and seeing this tabloid-sized book of his drawings from Nobrow, it’s clear that the best way to see his work is BIG.