ABECWHATERIA?

You all know what an Abecediary is, right? It’s an alphabet book (Abecediaries are generally considered to be medieval teaching aids, particularly for the illiterate), and probably one of the oldest genres of books for the young. Destination: ABECEDERIA is a variation on this theme. Also known as Die Flucht Nach ABECEDERIA (The Flight to Abecederia) by the French comic artist Blexbolex (also known as Bernard Granger), this graphic novella is about two adventurous crooks who escape into a paradisical country that turns into a Kafkaesque hell, replete with large insect monsters. The plot is told through a game for the letters of the alphabet, with each scene of this dystopia cleverly forming a separate letter (like the “H” below, bottom). It has to be the most inventive ABC book I’ve ever seen.
    
Do you have a favorite ABC book? Do tell in the comments!
    
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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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