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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

New D+Q: Tom Gauld's Goliath in Paperback!

Out today is the new paperback edition of Scottish cartoonist Tom Gauld's Goliath. This version of the biblical tale told from Goliath's perspective strikes a delicate balance between humour and melancholy, and is not to be missed!  


Gauld's Goliath character is a gentle giant fond of administrative work, with no interest whatsoever in combat, who is reluctantly thrust into the role of warrior simply due to his remarkable size. He enjoys the solitude and beauty of the landscape of the Valley of Elah, and befriends his nine year-old shield bearer, but dreads the daily ritual of issuing a menacing challenge to the Israelites across the valley: 


Rather than glorifying David's victory as most traditional interpretations of this biblical tale tend to do, Gauld's version flips the standard narrative. Gauld's Goliath, with his quiet nature, pacifist attitude, gentle soul, and appreciation of nature, embodies qualities that are often undervalued (in contrast to the fierceness, bravado, and ruthlessness required for triumph in battle). Gauld's minimal illustration style adds to both the pathos and the comical aspects of the book.


You might recognize Gauld's illustrations from his work for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, or his previous D+Q books (Mooncop, You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack). Goliath was his debut D+Q publication, and we are delighted to offer it in a new softcover format. Stay tuned for his upcoming comics collection Baking with Kafka coming out this fall!

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