Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Anthony Browne’s King Kong. From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper Published 2005 by Picture Corgi, 96p (first published 1994 by Julia MacRae, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)   “It was Beauty that killed the Beast!” Anthony Browne has a distinct and sophisticated style; his representations of the world… Continue reading Anthony Browne’s King Kong makes you see beauty in ugliness and feel empathy for the antihero

Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

Philippa Rice, Soppy Published 2014 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 108p   I am a person that appreciates the details; both in fashion and in life. I love the delicate buttons of a shirt but also the love messages Ema leaves for me on the screen of my laptop or the cup of coffee my husband… Continue reading Soppy by Philippa Rice proves that there is love in the small things

George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

George Orwell, Animal Farm. A Fairy Story. Pictures by Ralph Steadman Published in 1995 by Secker & Warburg, London (first published in Great Britain in 1945), 180p/ In romana: Ferma animalelor, Editura Polirom   The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or… Continue reading George Orwell’s Animal Farm, stunningly illustrated by Ralph Steadman: a great allegory on how dictatorship, propaganda and political injustice work

Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

Shinsuke Yoshitake, Can I Build Another Me? Published 2016 by Thames and Hudson (first published 2014), 32p   Can I Build Another Me? is one of those so well written and profound picture books that dare to explore big, philosophical concepts in such a hilarious and inventive way, that by the time you finish reading it,… Continue reading Can I Build Another Me? by Shinsuke Yoshitake: a philosophical, amusing picture book on selfhood and the importance of individuality

The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Robert Crumb & David  Zane Mairowitz, Kafka Published 2007 bt Fantagraphics Books (First published 1990), 176p American cartoonist and musician Robert Crumb together with David Zane Mairowitz managed to express the essence of Franz Kafka in a black and white illustrated biography that covers both the life and work of the Jewish writer. I still… Continue reading The essence of Franz Kafka by Robert Crumb and David Zane Mairowitz

Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Zena Alkayat, Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf Published 2015 by Frances Lincoln, 128p Virginia Woolf marked a change of vision and sensibility in the modern literature. She had the boldness to use a new tone and a new language, revealing frustrations, hesitations and changes of mind; Woolf built her characters by exposing their psychologies. Her work,… Continue reading Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford celebrate Virginia Woolf’s legacy in a beautiful illustrated biography

Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips

Sarah Andersen, Adulthood Is a Myth. A “Sarah’s Scribbles” collection Published 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing, 110p   Definitely one of the most difficult life challenges is to grow old harmoniously and to accept ourselves how we really are. And I think we cannot do this without developing a certain capacity to understand ironies of life… Continue reading Sarah Andersen dares to ask uncomfortable questions about adulthood in a humorous, ironical collection of comic strips