Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tony Solomun's Sunday Book Review #2 and updates

Hello all ,My thanks to you for checking my blog, Lots of writing done this week and as well as printing,also finished my Tijuana Bible, and mini comic,which is quite shocking even by my standards in terms of content,I'm moving ahead with plans to print my first full length novel, Time and Space,
which will be out in a few months,I finished it a year ago and did 3 revisions since to make sure it is of the highest quality,will go all out with this novel,in terms of printing,perhaps as a limited print run as a hardcover and slipcase,I've found some great printing houses for both,and will inform you all soon,

here is the second entry in my Sunday Book Review series,all the best,

Tony Solomun’s Sunday Book Review



            
             #2










Walt and Skeezix Book 1-  Drawn and Quarterly
Sundays with Walt and Skeezix - Sunday Press Books,

The fine gentleman at both publishers have taken great care,time and expertise to put out and let the world rediscover the magnificence and beauty that is Walt and Skeezix, A fun,endearing look at family life through the ages,which is nearing it’s centenary of inception, by the Inimitable Frank King,
On of the finest newspaper comics in the upper echelon of the graphic storytelling medium, Frank shows his masterful hand  at beautifully constructed prose and delicate art throughout in celebrating the history and personal dramas and human interest of the main characters, unparalleled in it’s significance, This is a true gem to be enjoyed by all, both Drawn and Quarterly and Sunday Press Books have been tremendous in getting this product out with high quality production values and loads of extras and vital information in the form of various essays, many thanks must go to  Chris Ware, Jeet Heer, Chris Oliveros and Peter Maresca for their work,



Krazy and Ignatz 1916-1944  . By Fantagraphics
A Celebration of Sundays - By Sunday Press Books


A mouse striking a cat in the head with a brick, a simplistic notion,really, yet within this gag lies one of the best newspaper comics ever, By the fantastic and quite unique George Herriman, The series celebrated its centennial last year and it is obvious to all that the character’s legacies have never dimmed and that golden shiny brick still draws the reader in.
The Illustrations are simple yet elegant in their grandiose stule, and the dialog and prose quite poetic, Fantagraphics and Sunday Press Books have really outdone themselves on these collections, Chris Ware and Bill Blackbeard deserve special recognition for their essays and in particular Mr Ware’s striking and terrific design, a must have for any knowledgeable

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tony Solomun's Sunday Book Review and book updates,

Hello all,this week has been astronomical in  progress made with my books and art,I finished my first mini comic in 8 years and have made 3 poems along with a few illustrations,and am moving ahead with printing of my books,
And have gotten in touch with  a book slipcase maker in China  to make paper slipcases for my books,lots of fantastic things to look forward to,and have also completed and transcribed the first two volumes of The Quarterly,with a contribution by artistic hero of mine, 3 time Emmy award winner  and friend,Gary Panter, in the second volume,so looking forward to sharing and printing that,

thanks for reading,in the meantime here is the first entry of my Sunday Book Review,



Tony Solomun’s Sunday Book Review           

        #1 

Editor’s Choice



Palookaville volume 20 by Seth 
Drawn and Quarterly

I was pleasantly enthusiastic and surprised with Seth’s change in format of his brilliant Palookaville series,
It started out in the beginning of the 1990s and ventured through time as a comic, though time,space and sales constraints made the move toan annual graphic novel format,I could not be more happier with the change,Seth’s  masterful  display over words,prose and illustrations is in show here in plentiful variety.

His ongoing serialisation Clyde Fans ebbs and flows quite finelt and is racing towards a tender conclusion, Though that is not all that is  contained in this format, no, there is a beautiful sketchbook containing many splendid illustrations and accompanying them  is a essay of a quite interesting ongoing sculpture project by Seth called ‘Dominion’.
And finally an autobiographical story to close out this modern masterpiece,
Seth’s book design is impeccable and you will find that here on display and in spades.
A great addition to any library,
My only hope is that the current format will be made larger to showcase the art in a better way,apart from that,A splendid book by Seth,

A+

By Tony Solomun