Alice’s admonition “What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?” is particularly true during semester break/holiday vacation season. So let’s kick back and look at some of the year’s more noteworthy cartoon, comics, and graphic novel publications. Our good friend the Daily Heller has already covered some high-profile releases, like Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream and Richard McGuire’s Here. And I’ve been chronicling several as well; in one column I recommend
Ever since I was a kid, believe it or not, curled up with Holiday magazine, I admired Ronald Searle’s cartoons and illustrations. When I got opportunities to work with him, I was, needless to say, ecstatic. We met once in Berlin at the Bristol-Kempinski Hotel, and it was a moment that lives in my memory. Every year he sent me a Christmas card, personally inscribed with his baroque calligraphic signature. They always reminded me that it was time to commission another drawing.