Wishlist Wednesday: January 20

19546180Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it’s entirely up to you), that we can’t wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

For me, it’s Don Hertzfeldt’s graphic novel, The End of the World, described as “an unusual and discouraging new 216-page graphic novel.” Sounds bleak, but I’ve been a big fan of Hertzfeldt’s work since seeing his film, “It’s Such a Beautiful Day.”  His drawing style is very
simple, but his themes are philosophical, surreal, and deep. Even when dealing with the most serious of topics, his humor prevails.

Granted, this is also coming from the “My spoon is too big” and “my anus is bleeding” cartoonist, but that should not shape your opinion of Hertzfeldt in any way, shape, or form because there is far more to it (as there often is). The short pieces that made up Rejected were incredibly strange and weird,hertzfeldt_450 but Hertzfeldt has made a point to mock the way that traditional media views and consumes cartoons. Many brands have approached him to create art for their brands, and he’s always declined. His art style is readily apparent in the last few years of Pop Tarts commercials. He’s all about the process of creation and keeping it pure, which I respect the hell out of him for. His approach to animation is very much old-school and very time-consuming, but the effect really is magnificent.  The main thing that’s stopped me is The End of the World’s $50 price tag. One of these days I’ll get to it, but, for now, I can enjoy excerpts thanks to Google.

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