wonderland

The Book Show

The Wonderland piece below will be part of a group show at Daniel Maghen Gallery called “The Book Show”. Ashely Wood, Dave Cooper, Peter de Seve, Greg Manchess and many more involved as well, its pretty heady company :p

July 3 – July 28, 2012 at Maghen gallery Paris (France)

Opening Reception / July 6, 7:00 PM – 10 PM.
I think all the art work involved relates to, well, books , one way or another :p
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French Edition

The French edition of  Wonderland came out last week  from Bao/Paquet, changes from the english version (aside from the French) include a return to non-matte paper so the colours look closer to the original series, plus a revision of the word balloons and text so everything looks more hand-drawn/written. Hoping to get some copies of the book soon 🙂

Wonderlands and Liquid Cities

Sense and sensibility vol 1 listed for Marvel’s May solicits  🙂

http://marvelousnews.com/index.php?itemid=12809

“Marvel’s best-selling adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, returns to Marvel with another Jane Austen classic: SENSE & SENSIBILITY! Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness. 40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

The French edition of Wonderland is out in March, and last month Delcourt released volume 2 of  “Le Tour du monde en bande dessinée” (A World of Comics) which includes a story I did about Mas Selamat; quite an exciting thing to be included alongside creators like Gipi and the amazing  Carlos Nine! :p

Finally,  a review of Liquid City Vol1  at Popmatters. Vol2 due out in July! 🙂

YALSA 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Not quite the top ten but Wonderland’s on the list at least :p

“… presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens”, says the website.

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/ggnt10.cfm

rabbit redux

Did a painted version of the wonderland cover, mostly for the French edition that’s due out next year. Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches.  It was also a chance to see if I could replicate in traditional media a piece that was coloured digitally before, and whether it was a process that I’d enjoy. Mixed feelings ultimately I guess; on the one hand it was an interesting challenge somewhat simplified by having an original to refer to , but that also meant a kind of constraint, so maybe there wasn’t as much a process of discovery and figuring things out as there usually is when painting.

DVDs watched whilst painting: season 1 of Battlestar Galactica (Edward James Olmos is great, mixed feelings about the religious angle) and seasons 2-3 of the Wire. Which felt a lot like the brilliant  Homicide Life on the Streets, which totally made sense when I found out that Homicide was based on a book by the creator of the Wire :p