Friday, 10 April 2009

i have occasionally spoken in support of the tradition of hand-letteing in comics, probably in these posts, so naturally the odd procedure of hand-drawing and lettering the whole front page of a newspaper is going to catch my eye:

Paper’s Front Page Is a Work of Art
"In uncertain times for newspapers, readers of The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., might be forgiven for wondering if what they saw when they looked at Friday’s front page was a cost-cutting measure: all the words and even the pictures on the printed page had been hand-drawn, down to the weather box and the captions. But the transformation was the work of the Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya...

The paper's own site has the story, The front page itself, and also a video showing the artist at work. They're selling prints of the page too.

JRSM gave me something called a splash award last Monday. Alas I don't have time to follow all the rules of acceptance as wee Hayley Campbell is home for Easter, but thanks for the good words. Hayley herself has been working at Gosh comics for some time and writing their weekly what's-in-this-week blog.
From hell has turned up on a 'graphic novel' bestseller list for April, undoubtedly due to the Watchmen ballyhoo.
And Leotard is nominated for an Eisner award in the best painted/multimedia art category.



Blogger Unknown said...

Coo. You can imaging how much I enjoy and admire the idea of preparing a formal newspaper page by hand. I did once do this when I was about 12 and long before I started writing Number.

11 April 2009 at 08:04:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

I find it strange they have different categories like best painted/multimedia, makes one suspect they have a surplus of awards to give away. Maybe they will nominate my non-existant graphic novel in the imaginary/non-existant graphic novel category.

That being said, I hope you and Dan win, leotard is one of my favorite books, and it certainly deserves a lot of positive attention.

13 April 2009 at 01:50:00 GMT-5  
Blogger spacedlaw said...

Congratulations are in order then.
What? Award AND Hayley? You are spoiled.

14 April 2009 at 14:49:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Dave McKenna said...

Ugh, that "cost-cutting measure" business just...argh. Rankles. No, "they" might NOT be forgiven, NY Times writer jerk. OK, I'm overreacting.

14 April 2009 at 16:15:00 GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I know you're a Jenny Uglow fan, I thought I was up to date with her books but this one apparently came out last November and passed me by. If you've not heard of it already it looks right up your street.

Ben Smith

"Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition
This beautifully illustrated little book explores the connections and interactions between British writers and artists.

As children, learning to read, we look first at the pictures in books — they tell the tale in their own way. With great writers, this power endures: artists connect with words in different ways. Words & Pictures explores three fascinating examples of the relationships between artists and writers. It looks at the illustrations of Paradise Lost and Pilgrim’s Progress; at Hogarth and Fielding, a writer and artist dealing with common material; and at Wordsworth and Thomas Bewick, a poet and engraver working separately, but imbued with the spirit of their age. A brief coda turns to a fourth kind of relationship: the writers and artists who collaborate from the start, beginning with Dickens and Phiz.

Sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, the book touches on a peculiarly British tradition of community and defiance of authority, unmasking pretension and celebrating energy and warmth, linking daily life to the universal and the Sublime."

16 April 2009 at 09:41:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Matthew Adams said...

Hey Eddie,

I was listening to radio national this morning and they had a segment called "What made the Romans laugh?" I didn't catch all of it, but it seemed interesting and I thought you might be want to listen to it due to your interest in the history of humour.

You can find a downloadable version at
under the heading "what made the romans laugh"

18 April 2009 at 22:20:00 GMT-5  

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