illustrated books

Long Live Illustrated Books!

Last week on The New Yorker’s Page-Turner blog, Sam Sacks demanded: “Bring Back the Illustrated Book!” As far as I’m concerned the illustrated book never disappeared. If nothing else, today it is more alive than ever. Providing a brief history of how novelists of yore often worked closely with artists, Sacks writes, “the interplay...

Many Happy (Tax) Returns: A Marxist Doctrine

With all of us looking at the Fiscal Cliff on the horizon, who better to explain things than Marx . . . . . . GROUCHO Marx. About 15 years ago, I traded my signed copy of The Groucho Letters to the animation creator/director Tom Warburton for his 1942 edition of Groucho Marx’s second...

Illustrated Books Are More Than Just Images

The term “illustrated book” deserves a more nuanced definition, and this was one of the topics discussed recently during an illustrated book panel at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. Joined by author/illustrator/designer/DIY maven Kate Bingaman-Burt and Peter Giljam of Buzzworks, we used our collective book publishing experience to differentiate types of illustrated books....