Some Scott Morse


028) Scrap Mettle by Scott Morse, finished March 26

This collection of "fast art"---sketches in ink and watercolor and cell vinyl---is a few hundred pages of things quickly made but which can be slowly appreciated.

Each medium lends itself to different tasks. The ink and watercolor images are largely taken from life, though how he can sit around in cafes as casually with watercolors as he does with a brush pen is beyond me.

Anyway, it was a lovely thing to look at. And one of the watercolors I really want to turn into a book cover. I wonder how much that would cost me....

two days

029) Dugout: The Zombie Steals Home by Scott Morse, finished April 1

Having looked at his pictures, I put all the county's Scott Morse books on hold including this one which seems like it will be one thing but is, instead, several other things.

The main thing is two nonidentical twins, the captains of their respective Little League teams. They are of an age where everything is a rivalry and the twin on the losing end takes stuff much more personally than the more successful twin.
This feels so much like a kids movie that must already exist just you and I were somehow not quite the right age to catch it. It has everything you expect. A spunky mix of kids, a monster, redemption, hidden potential, coming together. The title implies there may be future books and why the heck not? These little witches have franchise potential for sure!


030) The Barefoot Serpent by Scott Morse, finished April 1

I read this one first, then Dugout, to the 4yrold, but then I went back to read the intro and afterword on my own. And I'm glad I did.

The construction of this book is peculiar. The front and back thirds are glossy and in color; they give a biography of Akira Kirosawa. The middle third is black and white and on something close to newsprint. They read like animatics. Or really a storyboard, I suppose, but it truly feels like we're watching an early film draft.

That story has nothing to do with Kirosawa.

A haole girl makes friends with a Hawai'ian kid. They have a brief adventure. See ghosts. Her parents drift along on their own Hawai'ian paths. They come back together. In the meantime, we see ghosts. We meet wonderfully ordinary people in their own extraordinariness. It's lovely stuff.

The two stories juxtaposed make certain things clear that might not have been otherwise. The girl's brother committed suicide, for instance. Just like Kirosawa's did. Or as Kirosama himself, though he survived. And once that's clear, other connections slowly arrive, almost subconsciously.

It's a strange and daring book.


Previously . . . . :

books from this year

001) The Sun Has Burned My Skin: a modest paraphrase of solomon's song of songs by Adam S. Miller, finished January 3
002) You're a Pal, Snoopy by Charles M. Schulz, finished January 4
004) Served edited by Theric Jepson, finished January 9
005) Served edited by Theric Jepson, finished January 17
006) Shem in Zarahemla by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood, finished January 19
007) iPlates: Zerin's Sacrifice by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood, finished January 21
008) iPlates: Alma in the Wilderness by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood, finished January 24
009) Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard, finished January 27
010) Served edited by Theric Jepson, finished February 4
011) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, finished February 4
003) Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, finished January 6

012) Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, finished February 5
013) My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett, finished February 15
014) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, finished February 16
015) Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, finished February 18
016) A Desolating Sickness: Stories of Pandemic edited by D.J. Butler, finished February 21
017) Nothing Very Important and other stories by Béla Petsco, finished February 22

018) Muppets Present "The Great Gatsby" by Ben Crew, finished February 24
Uncanny Avengers: Counter-Evolutionary by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna, finished February 28
Guts by Raina Telgemeier, finished March 2
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by D. Manus Pinkwater, finished March 4
022) Ghosts by Raina Telgemeieir, finished March 5

23, 24, 25, 26, 27
023) Consent (for Kids!): Boundaries, Respect, and Being in Charge of You by Rachel Brian, finished March 11
Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H.F. Saint, finished March 12

Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, finished March 20

The Invisible Saint by Curtis Taylor, finished March 25

Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, finished March 25

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