Monday, 26 June 2017

My favourite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics Books)

Every now and again, something comes along that just kicks you squarely in the guts with a whump so powerful that you have to sit up and pay attention.

So it was with "My Favourite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris.

I was hooked by that cover even before I knew what the book was about, I have always loved that scritchy-scratchy type of biro pen rendering that this book is filled with (though that sounds like I'm understating Emil's substantial artistic talents - which I'm really not, the work in this book is just utterly mind blowing).

So to the story, of young Karen who isn't quite like other girls. Living in late 60s Chicago with her mother and brother in a very odd disjointed relationship, Karen idolises her upstairs neighbour Anka Silverberg, who is glamorous, beautiful and full of stories.

When her neighbour is discovered dead one morning, tucked up in bed as if nothing had happened but with a gunshot wound, there's a mystery to be solved and Karen is determined to be the one who solves it.

This book is utterly amazing to look at, and it's a stunning read too!
As Karen's life is thrown into turmoil by various events at home, Karen's dogged determination continues until she starts to find the tangled threads of the mystery are even more complex than first thought. When she starts to dig into Anka's terrible past, and her narrow escape from a concentration camp in Germany, Karen has to find a huge amount of inner strength - and perhaps some allies along the way.

Wish I could draw like this. So beautiful. Should've sent a poet. 

Filled with darkly tinged humour, but also some fairly harrowing stuff (definitely not for kids - a lot of expletives and nudity throughout as well as some strong adult themes), it's one of the most amazing pieces of work I've ever seen (and I've read a LOT of graphic novels and comics). Set out like a spiral-bound journal but chock full of incredible pen drawings, it's a huge thick paperback book that'll take you a couple of evenings to work through just to take in all the brilliance (and it'll make you want to re-read it as soon as you've finished too).

Book 2 is on the way and I seriously cannot wait (I've got it on preorder this time, not risking missing this for the world!)

If we did a book of the year on this blog, this would be it. Tough to get hold of on this side of the Atlantic, but so worth it.

"My Favourite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris is out now, published by Fantagraphics Books (Self purchased). 

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Monday, 26 June 2017

My favourite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics Books)

Every now and again, something comes along that just kicks you squarely in the guts with a whump so powerful that you have to sit up and pay attention.

So it was with "My Favourite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris.

I was hooked by that cover even before I knew what the book was about, I have always loved that scritchy-scratchy type of biro pen rendering that this book is filled with (though that sounds like I'm understating Emil's substantial artistic talents - which I'm really not, the work in this book is just utterly mind blowing).

So to the story, of young Karen who isn't quite like other girls. Living in late 60s Chicago with her mother and brother in a very odd disjointed relationship, Karen idolises her upstairs neighbour Anka Silverberg, who is glamorous, beautiful and full of stories.

When her neighbour is discovered dead one morning, tucked up in bed as if nothing had happened but with a gunshot wound, there's a mystery to be solved and Karen is determined to be the one who solves it.

This book is utterly amazing to look at, and it's a stunning read too!
As Karen's life is thrown into turmoil by various events at home, Karen's dogged determination continues until she starts to find the tangled threads of the mystery are even more complex than first thought. When she starts to dig into Anka's terrible past, and her narrow escape from a concentration camp in Germany, Karen has to find a huge amount of inner strength - and perhaps some allies along the way.

Wish I could draw like this. So beautiful. Should've sent a poet. 

Filled with darkly tinged humour, but also some fairly harrowing stuff (definitely not for kids - a lot of expletives and nudity throughout as well as some strong adult themes), it's one of the most amazing pieces of work I've ever seen (and I've read a LOT of graphic novels and comics). Set out like a spiral-bound journal but chock full of incredible pen drawings, it's a huge thick paperback book that'll take you a couple of evenings to work through just to take in all the brilliance (and it'll make you want to re-read it as soon as you've finished too).

Book 2 is on the way and I seriously cannot wait (I've got it on preorder this time, not risking missing this for the world!)

If we did a book of the year on this blog, this would be it. Tough to get hold of on this side of the Atlantic, but so worth it.

"My Favourite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris is out now, published by Fantagraphics Books (Self purchased). 

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