028) Scrap Mettle by Scott Morse, finished March 26
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....
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.
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.
books from this year
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
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
019) Uncanny Avengers: Counter-Evolutionary by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuna, finished February 28
020) Guts by Raina Telgemeier, finished March 2
021) The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by D. Manus Pinkwater, finished March 4
022) Ghosts by Raina Telgemeieir, finished March 5
024) Memoirs of an Invisible Man by H.F. Saint, finished March 12
025) Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh, finished March 20
026) The Invisible Saint by Curtis Taylor, finished March 25
027) Black Orchid by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, finished March 25