Thursday, 31 January 2008
Wednesday, 30 January 2008
"The Book Room on Barrington Street in Halifax opened for business in 1839 and survived two World Wars and the Great Depression, store president Charles Burchell said in a release.
But the retail store couldn't outlast big box bookstores, Burchell said, nor the ease of ordering books online, competition from book selling pharmacies and grocery stores or the pressure to lower prices to reflect a stronger Canadian dollar." Yikes!
The Raincoast contract was lost because of the high dollar as well. When the Canadian dollar's value rose to that of the U.S. dollar people started demanding that books match the U.S. price on the books which is always a few dollars more. These people didn't take into account that it costs more to sell books in Canada because we have one tenth the population of the U.S. as well there is shipping and other costs. Anyway, Raincoast drastically reduced it's prices and that made the domestic publishing wing of the company unprofitable so they cut it.
These things have made me more aware of how the big wide world affects me. I don't despair because of them , I'm excited as ever about books. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Monday, 28 January 2008
Here's a passage from Uri Schulevitz's Writing With Pictures " Fantasy relies much more on specific and closely observed details of reality than is commonly assumed. The best fantasy illustrations are precise and concrete...." In an interview Tony DiTerlizzi said something similar. I can't find the interview so I'm paraphrasing, he said that it's important to create a believable world, to draw people into the fantasy. I tend to agree with both of these statements , though I think that work can be pretty expressive and still portray a concrete vision of the world. I think this is why I've always been drawn to fantasy illustration that really builds a world and lets you in.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Saturday, 26 January 2008
Friday, 25 January 2008
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Monday, 21 January 2008
Back in high school, I started a small self publishing press called Keyhole Press. A new comic shop opened up in the city, Strange Adventures, and the owner Calum was inviting people to produce short comics for a local anthology he was putting together. I started there and then went on to produce my own stuff. I did a story called The Crow's Nest, which was a fairy tale adventure story that lasted about eight issues. I did a complete story arc and then some short stories. Next a group of local comic book people and myself started our own anthology. It was called Quiver( named by Calum) and was an anthology of fantasy and horror stories. Each issue was centered on a theme. I kept producing comics through high school and university but as I learned more about painting I wanted to tell stories using illustration, rather than through comics. At this point, self publishing was becoming less common. There started to be more alternatives to superhero comics from people like Image and Vertigo and more stuff was being sent over here from Europe. Now with the internet, people can publish on line and nothing needs to be shipped by an individual making their own comics. One of the reasons I stopped putting out comics was that the the industry had started more and more to focus on adult readers. I didn't pursue comics because I wasn't very interested in the types of stories that were being told. I do like where things are going now, with people like Shaun Tan and Jeff Smith producing larger, self contained works. Libraries are purchasing more of these types of books for their collections. It's hard to gauge this sort of thing but I think this is a really good direction for comic creators to go in.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
Saturday, 19 January 2008
I had a very nice surprise this morning that really lifted my spirits. I sent a link for Thimble Witch to Holly Black a couple of days ago. Her book inspired the picture. I didn't expect her to see it, as the new Spiderwick Chronicles book was just released and the movie based on it is coming out soon. She's probably very, very busy. However I checked her live journal this morning and she had commented on it, she said : "That illustration is utterly, utterly gorgeous. I am stunned by the gorgeousness." That certainly made my day. Holly Black is one of my favorite writers, she writes the Spiderwick Chronicles, illustrated by one of my favorite artists Tony DiTerlizzi as well as Valiant, Tithe and Ironside, all modern Faerie books. Anyway, if you haven't read her work, please run out to the book store and grab a handful. Her books are compulsively readable and are full of gorgeous and evocative imagery. Her web site is here http://www.blackholly.com/aboutholly.htm
Friday, 18 January 2008
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
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Tuesday, 15 January 2008
Monday, 14 January 2008
The above images are: one of my book shelves, a drawing of Julie and a drawing of Ambera, both from my sketch book. When I got the bad news about Raincoast my first response was to go out and buy a ton of books. New books always make me happy. There's a new book store in town called The Jade and they have a great children's book section, from picture books to chapter books. They sell a mix of new and used books. I bought two Edith Nesbit books, Bridge To Teribithia, a C.S. Lewis book, a Chris VanAllsberg book and a wallace Edwards book. My
Sunday, 13 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Friday, 11 January 2008
Thursday, 10 January 2008
The sketches above are from my sketch book. The lamps are down the street from me, every year my neighbor fills up his window with vintage lamps and takes it down at epiphany. My wife took the picture.
P.S. I've added a web comics link list above my archives and I'll be keeping any new comics there.