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Nobrow 9: It's Oh So Quiet (Nobrow Magazine)by Sam Arthur
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As we hurtle along at breakneck speed accompanied by the great cacophony of modern life, we rarely experience a moment of silence. Silence, with its implication of stillness and absolute purity, is increasingly difficult to find. So how does an artist approach such a profound theme? Can an auditory ideal be conveyed through illustration and comics?
Nobrow 9 explores silence with sixteen of the best comic creators and over thirty star illustrators in this unique, international showcase of contemporary illustration and comics art.
"This distinctive and gorgeously produced comics anthology plants the flag for the current crop of art-heavy British cartoonists. This edition is focused on the elusive quality of silence. Artists and illustrators are assigned the task of using a limited four-color palette to create either pure illustrations or wordless comics that are variations on the issue's central theme. The artwork is utterly stunning throughout, and the artists demonstrate inventiveness in everything from the simplest panel arrangements to the most complex sequences. Standouts include the dark humor of 'Are You There Satan? It's Me, Cindy' by Hellen Jo and the crazy trip of Disa Wallander's 'A Sneeze Within a Sneeze.' Rather than limiting the artists' creativity, Nobrow's proscribed color mandate has the opposite effect, freeing them to explore the theme to its furthest possible extent (and sometimes miles beyond). It also ties the art in the book to older printing traditions where the use of spot colors was a technological necessity and not a choice. The result is a wonderful achievement as a collection of both art and visual storytelling." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
How is silence expressed? Can it be visual? Over 30 artists deal with the concept of silence and its absence.
About the Author
Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro are joint creative directors of Nobrow Press London.
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