Showing posts with label Dash Shaw. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dash Shaw. Show all posts

Friday, 15 January 2010

Presuming on his Senses! The Unclothed Man

Dash Shaw’s new collection titled The Unlcothed Man (Fantagraphics £15) is one of the most beautifully presented books in some time. A transparent acetate featuring the title and drawing of a man in his pants pulling off his shirt – ie an image of mundane awkwardness - covers a flowing, abstract painting suggesting the interior of a spaceship. But this cover isn’t just a pretty picture; it perfectly conveys much of Shaw’s preoccupations. Exploring the details of human behavior contrasted with the wonders of science fiction. The big and the small then.

Anyone familiar with Shaw’s work will know the hefty and impressive Bottomless Belly Button (Fantagraphics) a family drama, whilst online he has been producing work such as the sci-fi Bodyworld strip and The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D animation series. The Unclothed Man book brings together some previously published work in the excellent ongoing Mome (Fantagraphics) anthology as well as other short stories and storyboards for the animation work.

From a Titanic (the movie) take on his high school days to the story about The Spitting Man, a clever cross between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Momento (with added sci-fi of course), it's great to see a good creator at play in his work and presented with due attention by the publisher.

For more Dash Shaw and his thoughts on The Unclothed Man look here or take a further look at his animation work here. For a one-stop taster of everything look at his website.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Bottomless Belly Button

Can I make a purchase suggestion? The book is called Bottomless Belly Button (has a ring to it, no?), by Dash Shaw. Its from Fantagraphics and its a hefty 720 pages. Its also beautifully subtle, faintly moving with a hint of the surreal thrown in for good measure because, you know, lifes like that.

After forty-odd years of marriage a couple call a family reunion to their beach house in America and announce that they are planning to divorce. The book follows the next few days at the house as the three siblings come to terms with the news and the affect it has on their own relationships.

This is a book about detail: a lingering pause, a nervous fidget, dust motes in a shaft of sunlight. Kind of Chris Ware meets Jeffrey Brown but with more purpose. Its beautifully paced allowing the characters room to breath and develop whilst existing in a real environment.

A word of warning: if you buy the book in store, it comes with two different covers one featuring the fathers face, the other the mothers. So you have to make a choice whether you go with Mummy or Daddy!