Monday, 16 March 2015

Book Illustration

We looked at the following categories
(very) Early History
Chapbooks, catnachery and broadsheets
Nineteenth Century novels
Graphic novels (Comics)

Images pinned here

Link to the THE BORN ILLUSTRATOR Edward Ardizzone’s views on illustration and the training of illustrators,

Early history terms:
First books printed in a press preceded Gutenberg’s invention of moveable type (1439-50) by 30 or so years: ‘block-books’
incunabula: 15th-century books produced with moveable type

We looked closely at the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, 1499.

On McSweeney's
“[T]here are business people who spend their days crowing about a future where physical books are no more, McSweeney’s is a small company dedicated to these physical books that purportedly have no future.” Dave Eggers
More at TIMOTHY McSWEENEY’SInternet Tendency

A chapbook is an early type of popular literature printed in early modern Europe. Chapbooks were mostly small paper-covered booklets, usually printed on a single sheet folded into books of 8, 12, 16 and 24 pages, often illustrated with crude woodcuts, which sometimes bear no relation to the text. They were produced cheaply.
“Chap” from chapman, an itinerant salesman.
“Jemmy” Catnach and his penny broadsides. CATNACHERY. (Book Club of California). Muir, P.H.
San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1955.
Hindley, Charles The History of the Catnach Press... London 1887
The Catnach Press was founded in 1813 by James' father and James Catnach the son died in 1841. The press was a prolific publisher of children's books and ballads.

We looked at the work of "such artists as Cruikshank, Leech and 'Phiz' in England, and Doré, Grandville, and possibly Daumier, in France."

Graphic novel : term first used in 1960s USA to identify longer stories told in comic strip form and published as a book. Europeans referred to Albums or Bande dessinée. Japanese had long Manga tradition. Term became more widely used in marketing in 1980s following success of Watchmen (Moore) and Maus (Speigelman)

Frans Masereel (1889 – 1972) Belgian Woodcuts , actually wood engravings published to form wordless novels. Includes Passionate Journey (1919), The Sun (1919), Story Without Words (1920), The Idea (1920) Illustrated: The City.

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