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Friday, 3 October 2008

Now this is something I can get behind!



Mark Alan Stamaty is a great cartoonist and certainly a very great drawer. This is a man who knows how to really pack a frame. It's helter-skelter in that Stamaty world--not a flat dull moment. I kind of feel like this one children's book might be one of the greatest documents of early 70s Manhattan. Page after page of the craziness of teeming crowds. And tons of tiny jokes--visual puns, tiny handwritten window frame gags. There's not an ironic moment in this glorious celebration of crowds (and donuts.)

This is easily my favorite book in the store right now. (below a detail that will lead you to a screen busting double page spread.)



Is that loitering joke the most sophisticated bit of wordplay in a children's book ever?

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