Friday, September 3, 2010

James Jean: Not Just a FABLE—He's Got the Makings of a LEGEND

James Jean (visual genius behind Vertigo's Fables, among others) has a fairly recent (July 2010) book out! Hurrah!

Fans of his richly detailed work will be blown away by Rift (Chronicle Books), which features two of his stunning fantasyscapes—and then some. There are no words, but this is not to say that this compact 4 x 6-inch book doesn't tell a story (or should I say "stories"). The book is accordion-like; one side is colored and the other black and white. The unique feature of this "picture book" is you can fold it into many different ways—each one yielding a new image.

Here's a bit of a spoiler:

I spotted the book while stalking the aisles of Fully Booked today. Being the James Jean fangirl that I am, I couldn't help but gurgle with unrepressed delight (I got a couple of disapproving looks from other browsers, but I really couldn't help it.). This is something I just had to add to my collection. If you're an art lover—or a graphic novel junkie—who isn't already acquainted with James Jean's work, this is the perfect way to get started.

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