Tuesday, August 04, 2009  
Summer Reading: Drazen Kozjan

:: Posted by max @ 8/04/2009 08:59:00 AM
Our next Summer Reading List is courtesy of Illustrator Drazen Kozjan. Please send us your list.

JULIA GILLIAN AND THE QUEST FOR JOY, the second in a children's middle grade series by Alison McGhee that I illustrate was released this spring.

JULIA GILLIAN AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG, DON"T CALL ME PRUNEFACE! by Janet Reed Ahearn and HOW SYLVESTER CAN PESTER by Robert Kinerk are upcoming books I'm illustrating.

Two early pages of my sporadic strip THE HAPPY UNDERTAKER will appear in issue 24 of the art, fiction and poetry magazine CAROUSEL this September.

I try and squeeze in some reading whenever I can around drawing, so here is a list of
various books that I've finished, am reading, or hope to get to to this summer (or year).

This summer I've read Yoshihiro Tatsumi's A DRIFTING LIFE. Graphic memoir about his experiences of growing up obsessed with Manga and his early road to becoming a Manga artist In post war Japan.

A personal and historical work I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend from this is "grandfather of Japanese alternative comics".

Since Tatsumi worshipped Osamu Tezuka , I've re-read some of my favourite books from Tezuka's PHOENIX series ( which I think is incredible), and look forward to the authorized
biography THE ART OF OSAMU TEZUKA coming out soon.

I've read Seth's GEORGE SPROTT which I thought was terrific. Everything about this book I enjoyed, the large format, feel of the cover and paper , art and stories.
I've gone back and re-read a number of the episodes. A beautiful book.

The collected HERBIE book two (working my way to 3) by RIchard E. Hughes and Ogden Whitney which of course, is great. Love that Ogden Whitney.

I'm looking forward to, but have not cracked open yet, David Mazzucchelli's ASTERIOS POLYP but I did go back and read his adaption of Paul Auster's CITY OF GLASS with Paul Karasik which is brilliant.

Looking forward to reading STITCHES by David Small.

THE COMPLETE TERRY AND THE PIRATES volume 2 by Milton Caniff. I like the pictures more than the words but man what pictures!

I buy a lot of older children's / young reader books and there is always stacks of them around,
a couple I'm hoping to read are ,

ALVIN STEADFAST ON VERNACULAR ISLAND by Frank Jacobs.

THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS by John Bellairs.

Reading letters and other writings of LIONEL FEININGER , one time sunday strip artist, teacher at the Bauhaus and modernist painter. An easy book to put down and pick up at any time.

I'm making my way through Robert Musil's THE MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES, a dense, big, two volume translation that probably isn't that well suited to reading it the way I have been able to in small segments, but I'm digging it.

I finished a biography of Thomas Edison, THE WIZARD OF MENLO PARK by Randall E. Stross. I still listen to vinyl records and this man put the first groove down. I liked it.

GEORGE CRUIKSHANK, LIFE, TIME and ART, a biography on the 19th century book illustrator and printmaker by Robert L. Patten.

Various art books including TAKE COMFORT-THE CAREER OF CHARLES COMFORT, the Canadian painter.


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