Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Ecstatic about: Craig Thompson
So, to gush once more about the Blast Off class with Alyson Stanfield. One morning she had us focus on what makes us ecstatic to be artists -- usually other artists or new settings/experiences. Which is different from what makes me ecstatic as a human being (puppies and cupcakes.)
And this weekend I was blown away by the awesomeness that is Carnet de Voyage, Craig Thompon's travel journal.
Certainly, there are lots of lovely published travel journals in the world, but this one stands out to me. I still don't know if he did pencil sketches first or if he's just an outrageously wonderful pen and inker, but the final product is gorgeous and full of story besides nice scenery. I guess that is what sets it apart. From page one on there is so much more to it than drawings of Moroccan or Parisian architecture. I'm sure there are more insightful reviews here.
It is sold out, but being reprinted right now, shipping this month! So I bet the Fantagraphics bookshop will get some in soon if they don't have some already.
Oo! And he has a very cool blog with lots of how-I-work posts from the looks of it so we can all find out how he did Carnet.
Thanks so much to Brianna (sp?) for bringing Carnet into Cartooning Class!