GÉANT ENDORMI (SLEEPING GIANT)
NOVEMBER 30, 2021
Two years ago, the distinguished French publisher, Frédéric Pajak of Les Cahiers Dessinés, wrote me to express an interest in publishing a book of my ink drawings. He and a writer, Callisto McNulty, came to New York that autumn to discuss the project and select the pictures. We spent the last two years working on the book and now it's out.
With 200 drawings, the book is 9 inches by 11, with heavy paper and perfect printing. The images on the pages are as close to the original drawings as I've ever seen in a commercially published book. The text and the titles are in French. Some sample pages...
EXCELSIOR / CUTTHROAT
GLOVING THE SNAKE / I AM WHO AM NOT
COME RETRIBUTION / A HOUSE DIVIDED
HE'S HEARD IT ALL / LOVESICK SIREN
HONEYMOON / HIGH HEELS
ON THE BEACH / PASSIONATE STRANGERS
SOUL CAPTIVE / THE HORN OF AFRICA
JUST PASSING THROUGH / THE COMEDIAN
MASTER OF CEREMONIES / BAG MEN
CAGED MAN WALKING / JUSTICE FOR SOME
CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT / THERE ARE NO UNWOUNDED WARRIORS
JUNKYARD ANGEL / MYSTIC MOON
LOST TIME IS NEVER FOUND / THE SANDS OF TIME
WELCOME TO THE WORLD / NOBODY ASKS TO BE BORN
UNBORN SPRING / UNCROWNED
COMEDY AND TRAGEDY / LITERARY BEAST
For those who've asked about where to order the book, the best bet for an English language site would seem to be Amazon UK. They ran out of books the first day, but they're taking orders. A French site – Mallot – has an English language option via Google Translate. The publisher’s website – Les Cahiers Dessinés – has other options in French. And for the Italian language, there’s Amazon.it.
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