The Book of Nasty is a charming little tale, an esoteric comedy set in renaissance France in 1466. By 1466 the European world had attained a level of complexity and sophistication that was quite simply beyond the scope of good and evil to accommodate. The church had been shoving good and evil down everybody’s throats for centuries and people had simply become bored with the pair of them. A more subtle shade of emotional hue was required to lure the continuing evolution of human consciousness out of the dark ages. The Book of Nasty documents the birth of the spirits of nasty and his female counterpart, nice and their subsequent impact on the course of human history
The storyline is primarily concerned with the fate of four peasants who are drafted into the military service of their Duke. They are trained as pikemen before being marched off to fight meaningless battles, whose only purpose is to test some strategies devised by the Duke’s son, Pierre who is attending military college in Paris.
During the military manoeuvres, all four peasants are killed and die horrible deaths in the mud. One of them, due to certain actions he performs during the course of battle, is elevated to the rank of the first nasty saint. His demise on the battlefield (a broadside of five cannons aimed directly at him – he was canonised in a way that makes most religious martyrs look like hypochondriacs by comparison) renders him incapable of performing his allotted esoteric function as the representative of white nasty. The result is that the consummation of the age of nasty is presided over solely by the forces of black nasty embodied by the drill-sergeant, an avatar of black nasty (I won’t complicate this by any mention of the role played by a certain gerbil named Chester) and Evette, the last fairy God-mother.
The Book of Nasty is the literary equivalent of a car accident. It is not designed to make anybody ‘feel good’. It re-writes the entire course of human history as the defeat of the forces of nice, emphasising the role of the banks, multi-national corporations and golf courses. It points out that history is not nice and nor is the resultant present with little hope of much improvement in the future.
Of course it is!
If you've always wanted to doodle your way to cartoon greatness, this eye-catching book is the place to start. Professional cartoonist David Mostyn explores the art of creating humorous drawings, from coming up with comical ideas to assembling cartoon strips in several frames. With clear visual examples, step-by-step exercises and inspirational artworks, this enjoyable guide will appeal to cartoonists of all levels of ability.
Learn how to:• Set up your workspace• Come up with gags• Create cartoon characters• Get political• Put together a strip cartoon
THE BOOK OF JOE follows the journey of Joe, a coffee cup who experiences a series of hapless relationships with other beverages. Following these tragic break-ups, albeit hilarious, Joe spirals into a self-destructive state as he struggles to move on. That is until he befriends a monkey named Oscar.
A coffee cup with a big heart. A world with harsh realities. A monkey with the key to life. The Book of Joe is a story of overcoming heartbreak and adversity told through raucous humor, endearing characters and bold black & white illustrations. Sharing the nostalgia and comfort of a children’s book, The Book of Joe adds a grown-up twist to a familiar format reminiscent of a time gone by.
When Little Big Nate gets a new pack of crayons, his illustrations really come to life! In this delightful board book, Little Big Nate's imagination and love of drawing will inspire even the youngest readers to express themselves through artwork.
Cham, real name Count Amédée de Noé and a serious rival to Daumier, may have been the epitome of a célèbre inconnu, a famous unknown. He is one much deserving, at last, of this first account of his huge oeuvre as a caricaturist.This book concentrates on his mastery of the important newcomer to the field of caricature, which we call comic strip, picture story, and graphic novel. The volume features facsimiles of nearly twenty of these from 1839 to 1863 and ranging from one page to forty (this last a parody of Victor Hugo's Les Misérables). In addition, summaries and sample illustrations of twenty-seven "minor works" demonstrate that Cham is by far the most important specialist of what was then a new genre in Europe.Born to an ancient aristocratic family, Cham was from early on wholly dedicated to an art considered far beneath his class. Starting as a disciple of the father of the modern comic strip, Swiss Rodolphe Töpffer, Cham soon launched out on his own, evolving an original form of comedy, his own comédie humaine, farcical, absurd, and parodic. His productivity was legendary and comprised all the known genres of caricature, the full-page cartoon lithograph, the thematic seasonal group, weekly and monthly humorous comment (much like the daily newspaper cartoonist today), and a feature called the Revue Comique, which made him the supreme graphic journalist of his day.Hitherto unknown correspondence reveals an attractive personality who was fond of animals and who honored a low-class woman he eventually made his countess. Vaunted comics scholar David Kunzle has created a fitting tribute to Cham's impact and genius.
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