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I know I had said March for the release of Poor Joseph but I pushed it back to May…both months that begin with the letter M so I didn’t think many would notice. Afterall, it’s not the new Avengers movie…just a quiet, little book about in interesting person.
I cannot even catagorize this book. I’ve tried and put in many hours thinking about what type of book this is. Children’s book? Illustrated prose poem? Visual novella…probably too short for that. Who will read this and who will enjoy this? That’s the biggest question of all the questions but one that I do believe I have the answer to.
Some kids will enjoy this book because of the simplicity of text and the intricacy of illustrations. That being said, Some adults will enjoy this book because of the simplicity of text and the intricacy of illustrations. Same reason…bigger people. Others may just be familiar or fans of my past books and be curious without having any interest in Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man.
So my final words as to why you should give this book a chance: It’s just plain different. I’m trying to write/draw about things that may be left-field type topics to turn into illustrated books. The work I’ve done with traditional publishers and my agent, I am very proud of. This Box Books experiment is (as I’ve stated in the past) something more for my free flowing mind and fast working hand. Here is how the book is described on amazon–so I need say no more. Enjoy!
“Poor Joseph is a mini-narrative about one of history’s most curious figures, The Elephant Man. Born in London, in 1862, Joseph Merrick displayed all of the attributes of a normal boy. It wasn’t until a few years later that his now-famous deformities began to appear. Joseph’s tragic form allowed this gentle soul to gain a sort of celebrity after many years of sideshows and hardships. Poor Joseph is meant to be a simple glimpse into the life of this man.”
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Been working on something new. This is an image from a graphic novel I’ve been conceiving. Also, been just terrible at ever posting on my blog. I blame this on my brain being too focused on writing and drawing stories, ideas, proposals, etc. Ya know–I’m an artist…not a blogger. Though this summer I’ll be working on some cool stuff so I shall try to do my best to post more. Night night.
Below are a few images from my recent exhibit, “Strange Little Books” This whole show came about because many, many moons ago, a young lady who was in college but working for a local rag, was assigned to interview me because my debut book Honey Badgers had just been published. Fast forward a chunk of years and Amanda Bloom now owns The Mercurial Gallery and Web Magazine based out of Danbury, CT
The setup for this exhibit was a sweaty challenge to say the least. Thousands of nails into the poor walls of The Merc, looped around with hundreds of feet of yarn all to recreate the concept and the main character’s journey in my most recent book, Mole Had Everything.
Books were provided for sale and signing at the opening by Byrds Books of Bethel, CT
A detail of one of the wall installations that wrapped the entire gallery.
This pic was posed by a photographer from The Danbury News-Times. There was a very kind story written about my show and my book. I thought the interview was one of best I’ve ever taken part in. Here’s a link to the interview and story. Also, here is a link to about 12 other stories written about my work since 2004 that I never knew existed…
Above is my son Oliver and his friend Alejandra at the opening.
Getting mic’d up for the Gallery Talk and Podcast. Here’s a link if you’d like to have a listen.
Lastly–The Mercurial Gallery and Web Magazine is a wonderful venue for the arts of all kinds. So click on this link and donate sucka! Thanks again to all who came out to support Strange Little Books!