Finding our Heroes

There is no doubt my love for great comics and graphic novels has seeped into my work. A fair amount of them I consider to be great sources of inspiration for when I work with metal. In fact, more often than not I find myself on social media following the works of graphic artists and illustrators more than other metalsmiths. A lot of this can be drawn back to my early childhood, when picture books offered an expanded view of the world to accompany our limited range of vocabulary to our average 4 year old selves.

Go dogs, Go!

As we grow older those childish books become replaced with more advanced literary works. I never really lost my love of graphic novels, although it was difficult throughout the years to encounter ones that I could really fall in love with. I've been given great recommendations for books but the art is either a bit too raw edge to follow what may otherwise be a great story, or the art is well done but the story arc just falls flat. Or it's just more stories about superheroes...

Which brings me to Sergio Toppi's "Sharaz-De: Tales from the Arabian Nights". Every. Single. Page. Is a stellar work of art. Not all of the pages have color but the best pages don't need it. The line work alone is enough to draw the reader in. Sometimes with only three sentences to a page I can find myself following the line work for well over 10 minutes. The story is an adaptation from 1001 Arabian Nights where Sharaz-De is the willing captive of a cruel king and has to weave tales of monsters and Gods to spare her head every evening. 

Cover of the book.

Cover of the book.

Just one of the images. Magical and Inventive.

Just one of the images. Magical and Inventive.